Twitter is revolutionizing the way we connect. People around the world are connecting in ways that are turning everything we have understood until now on it’s head. It’s empowering revolutions, changing the way we do business, make friends, elect public officials and find information. A good majority of online posts about Twitter talk about how people use Twitter for their business/blogging contacts and Facebook for the IRL (in real life) friends. [Yes, I am trying to learn a new vernacular, bear with me.] Many marketing professionals talk of the deficit of not making Twitter and other social media an integral part of any advertising efforts.
Just look at the power of using social media on the political career of Barak Obama. He went from a barely known Senator from Illinois to the most powerful man in world. President of the most powerful country in the world. Even he can’t give up his Blackberry. All by connecting one-on-one with each follower. Twitter is changing our world one industry at a time.
Truth be told, Twitter is an enigma to me. Although I enjoy getting tweets and following conversations all of the RTs, DMs, @, .@ and such just leave me wondering if I am twitter incompetent or I just don’t get it. Everyone is doing it and yet I haven’t gotten the hang of it. I feel like I’m in high school again. $%^&!
It feels like I am missing out on something fun and important so I persevere and then I struck gold. Recently I came upon a blogger I enjoy. Nina Badzin is a writer and mother who blogs about family life and her writing. She is also having wonderful fun on Twitter. She wrote recently about her one year anniversary with Twitter in Twitter Tips.
The post was a two-part series on Twitter Tips. She covers not only the how-to’s but also Twitter etiquette, the different methods to responding and engaging followers and those you follow. Frankly, it was a refreshing article that covered things I had wondered about and had not found practical advice for.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Nina for helping me to understand the beauty of Twitter and figure out the appropriate use of it for networking and connecting. Her Twitter Tips series was an eye-opener and boost my confidence around getting out there.
So I’m going to join the Twitter community even if my loved ones think it’s silly. I would love to follow anyone who wants to join me as I learn how to conquer the world one tweet at a time.
Make it a great day!