Funny and Inspiring Quotes About Twitter and Social Media

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Social media is a powerful vehicle for personal expression in business and otherwise. Since the first tweet was posted on March 21, 2006, Twitter, in particular, has changed the way the world communicates—frequently, and in short bursts. It has likewise changed the way customers interact with businesses, which is individually, and transparently.

Although it has billions of accounts and millions of active users, Twitter is not the most popular social media channel in the world. But it is among the most powerful platforms for real-time communication; it has the power to get employees fired, professional sports heroes dethroned, and governments overthrown.

Businesses recognize that having a social media presence is no longer optional. Brand-building in the 21st century is most certainly rooted in social media engagement. To not have a presence on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is to miss out on opportunities to interact with legions of people every day. 

Funny and Inspiring Quotes About Social Media

Social media is also a great equalizer where anybody can be quotable, whether it’s because they’ve said something witty, shared insightful observations, or both, as the case may be. This quotable, taken from an unknown source, succeeds in being both witty and insightful as it sums up the social media experience pretty succinctly: “LinkedIn is for the people you know. Facebook is for the people you used to know. Twitter is for people you want to know.” Here is a collection of other funny, inspiring, and insightful quotes about Twitter and social media.

  • “Twitter provides us with a wonderful platform to discuss/confront societal problems. We trend Justin Bieber instead.” ― Lauren Leto, author, and co-founder of Texts from Last Night
  • "On Twitter, we get excited if someone follows us. In real life, we get really scared and run away." ― Unknown via @mozusa
  • “The best way to engage honestly with the marketplace via Twitter is to never use the words "engage," "honestly," or "marketplace.” ― Jeffrey Zeldman, web designer, and entrepreneur
  • “All one needs is a computer, a network connection, and a bright spark of initiative and creativity to join the economy.” ―Don Tapscott, author and business executive
  • “Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards.” ― Jay Baer, Convince & Convert founder
  • "When you've got 5 minutes to fill, Twitter is a great way to fill 35 minutes ― Matt Cutts, former head of Webspam team at Google
  • "A creative idea plus a fresh network is the best way to go from zero to millions." ― Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of Buzzfeed
  • “The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful.” ― Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law professor
  • "On Twitter, you get 140 characters to be worth paying attention to, no matter who (or what) you are." ― Graeme, co-host of Wait, What? Podcast
  • “Social Media is about sociology and psychology more than technology.” ― Brian Solis, principal of FutureWorks
  • "Given a limit of 140 characters, people consistently reaffirm that creativity is a renewable resource." ― Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Jelly
  • “Our head of social media is the customer.” ― McDonald’s
  • "We live in a world where engagement with your consumer is critical. The one-to-many paradigm is gone. Are you prepared?" ― iProspect, digital marketing agency
  • "The Internet has turned what used to be a controlled, one-way message into a real-time dialogue with millions." ― Danielle Sacks, executive editor at MRKR
  • “You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.” ― David Meerman Scott, best-selling author, and speaker
  • “With the growing reliance on social media, we no longer search for news or the products and services we wish to buy. Instead, they are being pushed to us by friends, acquaintances and business colleagues.” ― Erik Qualman, best-selling author
  • “Ultimately, brands need to have a role in society. The best way to have a role in society is to understand how people are talking about things in real-time.” ― Jean-Philippe Maheu, Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy
  • "There are a few core values for social media at Zappos: transparency, authenticity, and value. The audience wants to see them with their guard down―they want to know who's behind the computer answering their question or taking their order." ― Nichole Kelly, marketing specialist, Webmechanix
  • "It's not just about consuming content, but sharing it, passing it on, and adding to it." ― Ariana Huff, Huffington Post
  • “Social networks aren’t about Web sites. They’re about experiences.” ― Mike DiLorenzo, CMO of Gas Buddy
  • “Social media are tools. Real-time is a mindset.” ― David Meerman Scott, author
  • "If you do not have great content it does not matter at all how you deliver it." ― Scott Stratten, author
  • "Twitter is not a technology. It's a conversation. And it's happening with or without you." ― Charlene Li, author, and analyst at Altimeter
  • “At a minimum, the majority of search dollars will flow to a social media model because people care most about what their peers think and the technology is there for that information to be quickly shared on products and services.” ― Erik Qualman, motivational speaker
  • "There's more value in messages shared publicly because more opportunities arise. A kind of social alchemy takes place when a seemingly valueless message finds its way to someone for whom it strikes a chord." ― Nick Douglas, Roommate from Hell podcast creator
  • "Things that help others is what gets the most shares." ― Chris Brogan, best-selling author
  • “We’re living at a time when attention is the new currency: With hundreds of TV channels, billions of Web sites, podcasts, radio shows, music downloads, and social networking, our attention is more fragmented than ever before.” ― Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable
  • “Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.” ― Matt Goulart, digital marketing executive
  • “Don’t worry; skills are cheap, passion is priceless. If you’re passionate about your content and you know it and do it better than anyone else, even with few formal business skills you have the potential to create a million-dollar business.” ― Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker
  • “The old paradigm was pay to play. Now you get back what you authentically put in. You’ve got to be willing to play to play.” ― Alex Bogusky, founder CP+B
  • “How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” ― Seth Godin, best-selling author