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Posted by 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!

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I loved her, especially the cleavage shot. Hey, can I help it if I am a hot blooded Aussie. Oh, and so you know I am not going to follow her.

I’m still not a great fan of Twitter, and when I get time I am going to be dropping some of those I am following including some big name bloggers. I just can’t stand useless tweets, they are so annoying, unless they come with cleavage.

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January 13th, 2009 | 12:39 AM

I was actually thinking of you, Sire, when I decided to post her videos.

January 13th, 2009 | 12:45 AM

I bet you were Mitch, and as for the voice, I’m sure that she is overdoing it on purpose. That and the cleavage make the video.

Sire´s last blog post..Blogging, It’s Not All About Money!

January 14th, 2009 | 12:26 AM

I showed the video to my wife, and until she went to bed she kept saying “follow me”; it’s contagious!

January 14th, 2009 | 12:52 AM

Some people have all the luck. LOL

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January 18th, 2009 | 10:25 PM
Make Money Online:

Lol.. Cleavage can actually make Sire start twitting?

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January 13th, 2009 | 10:55 AM

I guess that proves that sex sells, eh Ben? lol

January 13th, 2009 | 11:03 AM
Boyz II Men:

Haha aye, I’m pretty sure the cleavage is the driving point for that video. Otherwise, it was mostly just annoying :).

January 18th, 2009 | 9:43 PM

Hi Boyz; irritating, but accurate, if you see how some people use Twitter. My wife is still walking around saying “follow me”. lol

January 18th, 2009 | 9:49 PM
Boyz II Men:

Hah true true I suppose. I guess this just highlights the things that bother me ABOUT twitter and hence, why I found it annoying :).


January 19th, 2009 | 8:30 AM

For every one thing that irritates you about Twitter, you’ll find ten things that you love about it.

January 19th, 2009 | 9:58 AM
Nikki Wadley:

Great Blog post! I think twitter is on of the best social networks on the internet right now. My only fear is that it will become too mainstream. But, that probably won’t happen until Generation Y catches on. “if” they catch on..

January 13th, 2009 | 1:14 AM

I think they’re more interested in texting by phone than sitting at a computer or being on a browser for any length of time. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, so I’m just waiting for the advertisements to begin.

January 13th, 2009 | 1:45 AM
Boyz II Men:

Too true about the texting. My sister pretty much lives on her cell phone. It’s a hard concept for me to grasp but she lives and dies by pounding those small keys in.

January 19th, 2009 | 8:31 AM
Taris Janitens:

That girl has gotta have the MOST annoying voice I have EVER heard!!!!

She’s cute, but I’d have to stick a sock in her mouth just to be able to bear her – or something else if you get my drift lol

Taris Janitens´s last blog post..How to Sell on Ebay: The Feedback System

January 13th, 2009 | 1:15 PM

I got it, and I’m not touching it! lol I wondered about the voice myself; maybe she’s playing a character of some sort.

January 13th, 2009 | 4:43 PM

Yeah, she’s a bit frenetic, eh Dennis?

January 13th, 2009 | 6:23 PM
Ikki at SEO Blog:

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Twitter – yet. I’ve been using for about 3 months now and just now is when I’m starting to actually enjoy it. Not like that crazy -but terrifying beautiful- girl, though 😛

P.S.: I couldn’t help to notice that there are two “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” checkboxes below the comment form. Why?

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January 14th, 2009 | 9:32 PM

Truthfully Ikki, I’m not sure why either, but I know it’s not only my blog. I think one of those boxes comes with the Threaded Comments plugin I use, and I’m expecting the original one comes with the WP program itself, though I’m not totally sure because, if it does, I haven’t been able to find it.

As for Twitter, it’s got its ups and downs, but I have to say that it’s helped to enhance a part of my life a bit since I’ve started participating on it more.

January 14th, 2009 | 9:36 PM
WendyY Bailey:

THANKS for the honorable mention, Mitch. As you know I absolutely love Twitter and believe in its power to transform life as we know it. It’s been proven time and time again. How kewl is that?!

WendyY Bailey´s last blog post..Blog Tag: 10 Honest Traits About Me…

January 14th, 2009 | 11:20 PM

It’s as cool as it can be, Miss Wendy. And, of course, you led me to TweetDeck also.

January 14th, 2009 | 11:46 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good afternoon, Mitch.

I’m finding that I’m enjoying Twitter more as I find ways to connect with more friends and acquaintances.

When I’m not busy programming or writing, I generally leave Twitterrific running and catch up on tweets every fifteen minutes, or so, while I’m waiting on the computer for something.

I see new blog posts, Squidoo lenses, forum entries, and other things in which I’m interested moments after they are posted, thanks to the authors using Twitter. That’s very handy. I’ve read things I might never have seen otherwise.

Still, I’m only on Twitter for a couple of hours a day and I’m always doing something else at the same time.

It even comes in handy for sending a quick direct message when it would take so much longer to fire up an email client and send an email.

When I encounter someone or something I don’t like, it’s easy to stop following that person.

Just this morning, I stopped following someone after their second “You Suck” list on their blog. That’s just not the mindset I’ll accept from someone. *Poof*

I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but I’m learning all the time how to make it work better for me and what I want to do.

Act on your dream!


January 16th, 2009 | 12:35 PM

I wonder who that was you were following; no matter. I’ve dropped few people since the election, but one lady, who was really funny, I dropped because it was just more profanity than I wanted to keep reading. Twitter is very convenient, that’s for sure, but I have few friends who live here in town who’ll get on for whatever reason. No matter; look at all the new friends I’ve met. That, plus you’re right, you can leave it going in the background and catch up as you see fit, especially if you have a program like TweetDeck or the one you’re using.

January 16th, 2009 | 2:42 PM
Boyz II Men:

Mitch, you’ve actually come close to convincing me to use twitter. I wasn’t a fan of it but i saw it as just attention hungry people posting about the every detail of their lives. However, the notion of meeting new people and talking over it has some allure!

January 18th, 2009 | 9:44 PM

It has a great appeal, I must say. Just today I’ve hit 500 followers. I’m not sure why they’re following me, but they are, and they talk to me from time to time, and I talk to some of them. It’s working great through football, I must say.

January 18th, 2009 | 9:50 PM