Stuttering.Me has recently launched and I know it’s going to be big. It’s going to change lives. And it’s using Twitter.
As creator Greg Snyder explains, “Perhaps one of the single biggest facets of change in the self-help process is becoming part of a community. And this is easy when you’re actively involved in a traditional self-help group. However, this is difficult if there is no self-help group in your area, or you just don’t feel comfortable joining one at this stage in your journey.”
I’ve written/spoken previously about what I call Stuttering 2.0- the benefit of (sort of) cheaper high speed Internet access, cheaper computers and hardware, and easy-to-use social media (except maybe Facebook) on us stutterers. Long story short; it’s not easy meeting other stutterers in your geographical area so we feel alone in our stuttering. Online stuff fixes that!
Stuttering 2.0: social media is meshing together
As the digital life become ubiquitous with real life, Greg explains “Stuttering.Me isn’t a blog or a stuttering podcast; it’s the natural evolution of stuttering self-help on the web. It is an attempt to integrate stuttering into the lives of PWS [people who stutter] in such a way to foster a healthy attititude toward stuttering and self, as well as personal empowerment.”
I can attest to that as a stutterer myself.
Greg is using microblogging (Twitter) and micropodcasting to build an online community for stutterers to stay updated on news about and related to stuttering and of course, engage in conversation for motivation, encouragation, I mean, encouragement and mentoring.
Speaking of which, this is where Greg’s micropodcast comes in. His plan is to produce episodes maxing at 10 minutes to, well, motivate, encouragate, I mean encourage and mentor stutterers on their path of acceptance and being at peace with their stuttering. Any one around the world with access to Internet. That’s Stuttering 2.0.
Quick, short and über-convenient
Best of all, as Greg explains, “…Twitter allows you to “follow” exactly who you want, and ignore or “block” those that you don’t. (Say goodbye to the annoying internet trolls!)“. Twitter can be a difficult tool to convince your peers and colleagues to try out. Let alone using it to build an entire community!
In spite of that, I know Stuttering.Me is going to grow into something big and change lives. This is exactly the kind of thing stutterers can benefit from, in particular the young ‘uns growing up as digital natives.
Why don’t you follow @StutteringMe, too? This way, you can learn about stutering and do away with all those false <link to myths page>myths. Don’t forget to follow me @danielerossi ;) I’m also @stutterdude (until I choose a better name).
I just have to mention…
I love the branding. Take a look at the navbar on Stuttering.Me; About .Me, Interact .Me, What & Why .Me.