How Do You Twitter?
Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Jan 13, 2009
What, another Twitter post from me? At this point I’ve written 32 posts that have mentioned or concerned Twitter. I talked about Twitter when I mentioned how, during the election, social media “outed” a few people as to how they really think and act. I talked about the types of things that make Twitter interesting. I ever shared a video with this very cute young lady talking about different applications as they apply to Twitter.
This time, it’s a much different conversation. Whereas there are some people who hardly write on Twitter at all, there are some people who lose their minds and have to tell everyone what’s going on every step of the way. Here’s an example of someone who might be like that:
Anyway, one of the people I follow on Twitter, Beverly Mahone, had an interview with Wendy Y. Bailey that I listened to on a podcast, and the conversation turned to how each of them wanted to use Twitter. Beverly stated that she enjoyed using Twitter to have conversations with people, as well as to learn something about others. Wendy stated that, for the most part, she used Twitter to promote her business and her interests, and didn’t spend as much time just socializing. There was also a conversation as to whether it’s “snobbish” or not to not add everyone who adds you as a friend.
It led me to think about how I use Twitter. I mean, when I first signed onto Twitter back in April, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use it. I knew a couple of people who were on, so I looked them up, but after that I just wasn’t sure what to do. I then decided to check out who they were following, and added some of the same people. After that, a few people started following me, and things were on.
At that point, I still wasn’t sure what to do. So, I thought about it a little bit, then realized that I could share my blog posts with people following me, and they might visit my blogs. And some did, which was really cool and neat, and now I had another way to use Twitter.
However, I still wasn’t sure what to do outside of that. So, I started reading more of the posts, and I started responding to some of what people were talking about. And they started responding, which was neat. Twitter has people from all over the world, which of course means from all over the United States, and I was talking to some of them; neat!
I’ve talked to some famous people. I’ve talked to some top internet marketers. I’ve talked to some big time bloggers. And I’ve met more people who live in my own area of the country since May than I’ve talked to in probably the last 5 years, and I go out to networking events and belong to two Chambers of Commerce.
I realized that I do more socializing than marketing of my business. That actually suits me, because there is one top internet marketer who pretty much only markets on Twitter, which can be somewhat irritating until I realized that the reason I follow him is because I want to learn about internet marketing. I follow some people who talk about some of the goofiest stuff in the world because they make me laugh, and keep me entertained. I realized that Twitter is pretty much everything to everyone who decides to participate. The only rules are you can’t be too crude, and you can’t spam people, which is a good thing because I absolutely hate that.
As I mentioned in the post about my Big RSS Subscription Contest (you didn’t think I was going to forget mentioning it, did you?). I’m looking for more Twitter followers, but I’m not begging people to follow me, ala the video above. She’s cute, though, isn’t she? Let’s see some more:
Okay, she’s irritating at the same time; now, where was I? Oh yes, I was talking about how I use Twitter, and how I think Twitter can be of some benefit to a lot of other people. Of course, it’s not for everyone, but then nothing is. But, in the last few days since I’ve been back home, I’ve had 3 people ask me more about Twitter than I had expected at this point. I’ve helped this as much as I could, but I’m thinking it’s time for a bit more than what I’ve given. So, because I’m in video mode this evening, here’s one last video, not with the young lady this time, on how to use Twitter. Enjoy!