Jun 3 Posted 6 years ago
Shannon - Thanks for the post. I am going to share it with the Social Media in Organizations (SMinOrgs) Community via LI, FB - and of course Twitter!
Although I'm fully engaged in social media, I still see only limited value for Twitter. In my presentations, I qualify my negative perceptions by saying that I think Twitter is great, but too many individuals/organizations that tweet misuse and abuse the platform. The worst culprits in my experience are those who seem to be the most enthusiastic about it. So perhaps a good corollary post could focus on what NOT to do, or proper Twitetiquette!
May 24 Posted 6 years ago Hi, Shannon.
Nice to see another Paul online! I'm connected to quite a few on LinkedIn for kicks. If you would like to connect, my profiles:
- blog: www.marketingroiordie.com
May 21 Posted 6 years ago Shannon -- I have insight into the experiences of new Twitter users because my specialty is helping people who are new to Twitter -- and other forms of communicating online -- to get started.
I started using Twitter personally before I started using it professionally. Even in the year that I have been using it professionally I have seen lots of changes, all for the better in my opinion. For example, I am very, very glad that Twitter has lists.
Yes, some people are definitely confused by the mechanics of posting. In my experience, this is always because they are too impatient to follow my advice and read Twitter for a while before they start posting. If they were to do this, they would experience helpful and useless posts first-hand, and truly understand why they should post updates, replies and links in a certain way. What happens instead is that they post confusing or useless messages, don't get replies or followers, and get frustrated.
I notice that you share more in 2010 than in 2008. I think that sharing links to more details information has become the most popular use of Twitter. Newbies who want to use Twitter for networking and education get this; newbies who are hoping that Twitter will get them more customers often do not, no matter who relays the message or how many times it is repeated.
I like this post (and the great Twitter cupcake graphic!) and I'm making it the recommended article of the week in my newsletter. I'll tweet you when it comes out!
May 20 Posted 6 years ago
@Alex - Thank you. I'm glad you found the post helpful.@Howie - Very interesting story about how you started on Twitter. I would love to hear more about that! Also, good point on managing expectations of clients and employers - just because you post it doesn't mean anyone will actually see it -- certainly not ALL of your followers at once.
@Patrick - Thanks for the welcome - I'm not quite back yet, but I'm working on it. I'll land in D-town soon enough :) DMs are great for catching up on a one-to-one level, but I do know people who sort of abuse them, too. It's a tough balance to strike -- while it's great to check in on people you know, it's a bit more disruptive than sending an @reply. I have DMs sent to my cell via SMS, so it can be pretty annoying when someone's sending needless DMs when they could just reply publicly, or send an email if it's a lengthy thought.
@Chris - Great points. The thing I think made Twitter so attractive in the early days was the simplicity. There were hardly any bells and whistles and the platform crashed daily. The maturity of the tools and more sophisticated uses are great for individuals and businesses in a variety of ways. I think this is also what makes it a bit more intimidating for new users. I wrote this post as a means of sorting through my own thoughts so I might empathize better with those who are just starting out.
May 20 Posted 6 years ago
Great post... twitter has become a really noisy place, but there are tools to sift and sort people into groups and also to search on tweets to home in on what it is that we are interested in...
I especially like Twitter as it is the web 'Live', what real people are saying and doing, not what others choose for us to read... so to get started in 2010, there is so much stuff out there a clear focus on what Twitter is to be used for ... if it is finding out things, then search... if it is connecting follow also, if it is to promote start blogging on others sites or get into a conversation...
Twitter is a method to connect... start a conversation and therefore engage with anyone, anywhere in the world... used properly it is a most amazing device...
May 17 Posted 6 years ago Shannon, great post! Before I continue, congrats and welcome back to Michigan!!!So my turn, how do I use Twitter today? I'm moving more to where you are in 2010. I'm trying to use Twitter to build relationships that ultimately meet in face to face introductions. For me, that is the icing on the cake of the social web. As many of us who play in this space, it's all about relevant content ("what's in it for them?") and building relationships. It's taking the tried and true notion of face to face networking and using the social web to open doors that ultimately lead to in person interaction.I also now try to use the DM more frequently to build on those relationships. There is just something with a one on one conversation that allows people to really get to know one another and look for opportunities to work together.
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