Question of the day:
…so, how do you *do* twitter? It seems different than fb. Any words of wisdom?
Twitter is different from facebook for me.Twitter is a very dynamic sharing, learning, and network tool. Facebook can be that, too, but it’s more a mashup and convulated (imho).
So how do I do it?
- Use ‘tweet this’ buttons. When I read some (google reader, facebook, new york times, wherever) if I find it interesting & it has a ‘tweet this’ button – I do. Same with delicious bookmarking!
- Feed my blog to twitter. When I blog it automatically feeds into twitter (I blog 2-3 times a week usually at lunch or in the morning). I then schedule my blog posts over the week.
- I tweet my photos through to twitter using picnik.Tweet pix and posts occasionally via mobile (mostly when traveling).
- Schedule tweets through futuretweets (futuretweets.com) so that I spread out things like my photos over the day (or week)
- Connect with new followers. When I get new followers, I usually at least send them a Hi or a message (sometimes it’s a private direct message aka DM)
- Connect with those I follow. When I follow someone new, if I’ve met them IRL life, I pop them a mention @buffyjhamilton met you at a conference – your presentation on ereaders and learning rocked. (that kind of thing).
- Respond to my messages. I watch for @ (mentions) and RTs (Retweets) to me and I also acknowledge them or answer them unless spam).
- Use hashtags. I use hashtags when I post so that others can find my topics.
- Meme. I occasionally do the memes, followfriday is a way to shout out/acknowledge those you follow who rock.#frifotos is a way to highlight and share photos. #musicmonday is an excellent way to find some new music. You can find out more about tweetmemes here
- Ask questions (and answer questions, too). I do talk to my followers. Ask them how their day is going, what they’ve learned today, what creative thing they did, something like that… I also use twitter when I need tech support, or help especially with software.
- Comment on posts from those I follow. If a RT or mention a post, I usually comment on it, too.
- Use twitter instead of facebook. I tweet to facebook instead of just posting a link to facebook (I use selective tweets in facebook so that I don’t flood my facebook feed, either – that way I hit 2 audiences with one post)
- Participate in twitter chats. I do 1 or 2 twitter chats a week if I can – sometimes I just stumble across them (found several seo chats that way) other times I visit the “regulars”: #libchat which is library related; #blogchat on Sunday night coordinated by Mack Collier which is about well… blogging but every angle imaginable (we even do site reviews on occasion – brave souls) – lots of high energy discussion. For fun there’s social media slumber party on Friday by Dabney Porte /social media girlfriends (everyday). Some of the chats also followup or have companion content via other media @prosperitygal coordinates #speakchat Mon 9pm ET & produces radio shows #BBSradio Mondays 12pm ET and #WIBRadio (Women in business) follows. I know, If you think you’re not in business – you’re wrong – we’re all commodities and businesses these days; our name is our brand (& for those of us who do consulting and freelance work no way around the business part of it).
Words of advice
- schedule time – it doesn’t have to be every day, maybe a certain amount of time that you’d read the paper or watch tv or even say Friday afternoon for an hour (or whenever there is a chat you want to do).
- don’t argue with people on twitter – 1)it’s pointless and 2)it’s public.
- be professional but personal.
- be real.
- fill out your bio completely, put up a nice photo, and choose a nice background. People do judge based on those things.
- subscribe (follow) people that you admire – but don’t just follow – twitter is a conversation.
- on that note: don’t just have a conversation, share too.
- don’t overshare (foursquare posts drive me batty)
- just do it – if you want to network, you have to tweet at least somewhat regularly although it doesn’t have to be 24/7 by any means.