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?”
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.
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!).
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.
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.