Do you give good Twitter?

Nikki Parkinson Life 38 Comments

My husband made me teach him Twitter this week.  It reminded me of the first time that he had a facial.  It’s like he wanted in on my secret women’s business and that now that he was in on the secret, I’d have to share.

So as he clicked *send* on his first tweet and I re-Tweeted it as my 15,325th Tweet, I held my breath.

Would my night-time Twitter hang-outs be compromised?  Would he discover that when I’m at my computer and I say I’m working, that I’m, well, technically not.  That I’m hanging out in my favourite social networking forum?

I can report: so far, so good.

He’s a sports nut, so quickly found a band of other sports nuts to Tweet with and left me to Tweeting the important stuff, like “Are you on Team Patrick or Team Chris?

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

But let’s get semi-serious about Twitter for a moment or two.

Just like the funny looks I get when I tell people that I’m a blogger, eyes similarly glaze over when I come over all fervently about my addiction to love of Twitter.

I’ve been Tweeting for more than two years.  I jumped on it because it seemed like the thing to be doing at the time.  I wasn’t sure what I was jumping into but somehow immediately felt at home.

In the beginning, I was all business, business, business.  And in the beginning, I Tweeted ONCE a day.  And then sat back and wondered why no-one responded.

Then I did a Twitter for your business webinar and remember clearly one of the speakers saying that to effectively Tweet for your business or brand you need to do so at least 15 times a day.  Yep, blonde lightbulb moment.

Time to Tweet more.

So I did.

And now Twitter has become THE top referrer of readers to my blog.

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For anyone who’s still reluctant to make the Twitter move, here are my top five reason why you should:

1.   You’ll meet the most fabulous and interesting people on Twitter.  From all corners of the globe.  This sounds very geeky but I’ve since met a whole bunch of these fabulous Tweeps in person.  And they are that.  Fabulous.

2.  You’ll be first with any breaking news.  From government leadership spills, to Royal engagement announcements, I heard it first on Twitter.

3.  You’ll never be stuck without someone to *talk* to.  Twitter is like one big giant all-day-night party.  Jump on in for morning coffee and leave after you’ve had too many drinks at 2am … if you please.  It’s up to you.  Just make sure you *talk*.   Just know that it’s perfectly acceptable to “Tweevesdrop” and that Tweeting under the influence may come back to bite you.

4.  You never know who’s *listening in* and in business that can bring amazing opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise present themselves.  These book deal stories are testimony to that.

5.  If you are trying to network your brand in a national or global marketplace, Twitter is the easiest way to make those connections without leaving the comfort of your home (or phone!).

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My top Twitter tools

I rarely use Twitter via twitter.com.  Yes, I set up my account and profile that way but for Tweeting on the go or at my desk, I tap into these applications.

TweetDeck:  this is my Twitter application of choice on my desktop computer.  Why?  Because I can easily set up searches on different hashtagged events (#), lists and followers and have them all feeding in separate columns at a glance.  You can also run a number of different Twitter accounts from the one desktop application without logging in and out of each account.  You can also schedule Twitter updates, which I do most days for various blog posts.  Some people prefer HootSuite for these functions but I like that TweetDeck is not another tab open in my web browser.

Echofon:  this is my Twitter application of choice for my iPhone and my iPad.  Why?  Ecofon has a “reTweet with comment” functionality, which TweetDeck doesn’t on my phone or iPad.  It also automatically shortens weblinks.  It prompts you with the Twitter “handle” or username of the person you’re are trying to Tweet (you just need to start typing @ and the person’s username and it will bring up prompts with profile photos).  You can also easily see a whole Twitter *conversation* by clicking on the balloon window in someone’s Tweet.

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Are you new to Twitter?  Or addicted like I am?  What do you use to access and use Twitter when on your phone or computer?  And shameless plug alert:  if you’re on the Sunshine Coast I’m hosting a Twitter for Beginners workshop with the team at Secrets to Social Media on Tuesday, July 19.

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Comments 38

  1. I have been on Twitter for awhile, first personally and now for my business, but feel I’m still finding my feet. I have a few followers, but I often feel like I’m talking to nobody… Often I’ve felt discouraged and gone off it for awhile. I’m back again now and am starting to try to interact with people more this time, but sometimes feel like it doesn’t go both ways? Then I feel like that loser at a party who tried to join in a convo only to feel awkward and slink away, sipping my cocktail for something to do… I think I’m going to rise to the 15 tweets per day challenge, Nikki, and see how that goes! Oh, and I have just followed all of the tweeps who commented on this blog, so I look forward to some interaction with these lovely ladies, hopefully! 🙂

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      Hi Sally, a good time to jump into the conversation is at night time – after 8pm! It’s like a chat room and talk is about everything and anything. Yes, I tweet a lot about my blog posts but I also talk to anyone who’ll listen about TV shows, food, and what I’m up to. When you’re on, make sure you say hi and I’ll give you a shout out!

      1. Thanks for the tips, Nikki. I’ll definitely do that! See you on there 🙂 Oh, and for what it’s worth, while I had heard of you before, I did come across Styling You and everything you do via Twitter recently, so you’re not wrong!

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  2. I must confess Nikki, I have been a user of facebook for my business more than twitter, but keeping informed by your tweets is converting me for a more frequent social media platform. I just need to follow your skills some more!

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      1. Thanks Nikki, I have been loving following your tweets and blogs and I hope you find mine just as interesting, even though like Sally, I feel that I am just talking to myself 🙂 If you are over my way at any time, feel free to drop in and say hi

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  3. Like many others, I also signed up in 2007 when an interstate friend told me it’d be a great way to stay in touch so I really just used it to chat with her – online texting, I suppose. Late last year when I considered starting my blog, I looked at other bloggers and realised so many were also on Twitter. I then spent several months “tweevesdropping” (sounds much nicer than lurking!). I debated with myself whether I should start tweeting again because it seems to hard to keep up with all the chatting going on. Anyway, I decided I’d dive in the deep end just this week and made myself “public”. So far so good. I must say I jumped onto Instagram and Pinterest very recently too and have really enjoyed the interaction so Twitter was really jut going to be another way to be part of an online community. Only thing is I’m just not sure I can do the 15 tweets a day yet!

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      Lovely to see you here Veronica and don’t stress over the 15 tweets a day, just jump on in and say hi whenever you’re logged in. I think that’s what I like about Twitter, that you can just do that. I generally find someone who’s up for a chat! And ditto on instagram and Pinterest!

  4. Ok. I confess ive finally jumped on the twitter band wagon…in line with starting my Blog…so like this weekend!! I looove it! I’m not a twitter virgin…i tried a while back but just didn’t get it, but now I do and it’s fun and totally addictive! Thanks for the heads up on ecofon – I’m currently using th basic twitter app but wanting to try something different.

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  5. Love Twitter and often find myself amazed at how easy it is to strike up friendships through 140 character tweets. The only red flag would be tweeting under the influence, which can be amusing for your followers but cringe-worthy the next day.

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  6. I have been on twitter since 2007 but only really started twittering more and more since March and I’m addicted! I have it on my iphone and on the computer but never really used tweetdeck so its currently downloading for chrome! So off to have a play with that!

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  7. I’m the opposite, I love facebook. I love it so much! A little too much. I figured if I love facebook this much, maybe there are people who love twitter that much too. I was missing out on meeting (& networking) with those people. So I crossed over the to dark side. I was right! There are a bunch of people following me I don’t know and haven’t met via fb. Turns out it’s fun also, bonus.

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  8. Every so often Mr Fussy says loudly that he can’t understand Twitter, and I quietly slip off to another room. I don’t want him to play in my world! He wouldn’t understand! I’d need to find him some farmer mates first…

    I am still getting up to speed with Tweeting, but do use it more than my Google Reader for linking through to posts. Thanks for tip on TweetDeck as I’m still using dot com.

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  9. I am new to twitter and am loving it. I signed up a few years ago but never did anything because I didnt understand it. Now that I have started a blog and am following lots of other bloggers such as yourself, I love it. I have found out so many things first from twitter and my husband rolls his eyes when I say ‘it was on twitter’, sometimes he’ll come home from work and tell me something he’s heard on the radio, old news darling I saw that on twitter this morning! Love it.

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  10. If Hubby ever brings it up tell him you ARE working, it’s called “Networking” and you need to do it to help grow the readership of your blog. That’s what I say when I tweet at the dinner table 😉

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  11. Hi Nikki,

    Bit off topic! i was trying to find your blog list thats normally on the side – it’s how i link to a few but its disappeared – or have i gone crazy?

    Thanks

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  12. I love twitter. I have met so many amazing people via twitter, whom I never would have come across in the non-twitter world. Yet, none of my family or ‘real life’ friends are into it, except one. I just did an author’s talk, and of the audience, not one person except for @Ms_MotorbikeNut, who came to hold my hand and take photos, was on twitter. Even though they are all into reading and writing, and you can learn such a lot about this on twitter and via blogs. Like you, I have friends and family whose eyes glaze over (and who look at me like I’ve got two heads) when I try to explain why I love it so.

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