Mon, May 16, 2011
Ive been yammering about it for ages and it’s finally the week.
The thing is, whenever I travel & leave you with the Ill be on Twitter if you need me!, I invariably receive a flurry of emails about the odd social media experience which is Twitter.
Why do you like it? Don’t you find it awkward? Isn’t it overwhelming to have *another* place people can find you? I don’t get it. Whats the value??
As a result, Im here today to give you my Misfit Twitter Tips & the reasons behind why I adore my community there.
Indeed it took me months to find the aforementioned love— Id never have joined were it not a brand contractual obligation a few years ago–but love I found & at Twitter I stay.
- I love me some 140 characters ( fewer than that if you want to be easily re-tweetable!) It’s short sweet and straight to the point. That said, it does remind me of this quote quite frequently.
- It is IMMEDIATE! Speaking of quotes, one of my all time faves is this one from the movie Grand Canyon: All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies. Since discovering Twitter Ive changed that quote. Every single query can be answered on Twitter in a matter of moments. Im consistently amazed at how helpful (& speedy) people across the globe really are.
- Twitter is the great equalizer. Celebrity? Meet MizNoOne. Remember this post with the then CEO of Zappos Tony Hsieh? ‘Nuff said.
- As a work at home/stay at home mom it’s my watercooler and support system. I yammered about that here for the Austin American Statesman—it’s still true today.
Of course, as with all things in life, there are pieces of the Twitter world I do not adore.
- Relationships on Twitter can be quickly built—and just as swiftly disappear. Unlike even, say, blogger-relationships people seem to show up on twitter full-tilt & never return. Im not a fan of that.
- It can be a time-suck (technical term). Ive not struggled with this much yet heart it lamented often. I’m not really one to be online in any fashion and *completely* lose track of time…
- As with blog comments, people
can be rudecan hide behind the keyboard. Im grateful never to have experienced this in either medium —but Ive seen it happen. That said, it is very easy to BLOCK tweeters you dont want in your stream/view.
And finally, what you always ask of me, the tips I WISH I’d known when I first got Twitter-started:
- Be sure to upload a photo immediately. I didnt realize the importance of this initially. Now I rarely follow back Tweeters who have no image with their profile for me to ‘connect’ with. Make your avatar fun, creative and YOU. Anything goes! (Heres an easy way to create an avatar)
- Have fun with your bio, too! Sure if you are tweeting a brand (we are all brands, remember!) you want to include some serious, pertinent information—but toss in some frivolity. Let people know who you are, what your brand is and throw in some stuff they might never have guessed about you!
- Keep at it! Good LORD Twitter felt awkward when I started. It was like being at a cocktail party where everyone was BFFs and no one
answered my tweetspayed me any nevermind. Stick with it. Just like blogging, you cant tweet once a month & truly get into the swing of the TWEETversation or, if you care, gain followers.
- Dont be me. I was clueless when I started and did not know there was an “@” or reply column. I had no idea people were talking to me—-so I was, essentially, merely shouting at them. Now that I know I take great care to make twitter less about me and more about the conversation. Some call it the 80/20 rule (only 20% of tweets about you). I like to remember that to Twitter I may be one person--but to one Tweeter I could be the world. The potential to turn around someone’s day with 140 characters is amazing.
- Tweet same time per day–at least starting out. Twitter can feel HUGE. One way to immediately make it feel more like a small town is to tweet at the same time each day. No matter when that time is! You will quickly find you see the same avatars in your stream—-and twitter swiftly becomes more home’y.
- There is a delete button! Seriously. I had no clue. That typo-filled tweet which just left your fingertips & you *wish* you could summon back? you can.
There you have it.
All my thoughts on the medium called Twitter & most likely more than you ever wanted to know.
Do you Tweet? (Have any additional tips to share?)
Are you an avowed NON-TWEETER? (Has has my little rant encouraged you to change your status?)
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