Now you may ask why I’m such an advocate of this ever growing, microblogging social network?
Because I’ve experienced it’s impact first hand for the last three years since signing up March 31st 2008 (Shout out to @womenwhotech).
I will continue to say that Twitter has been the most effective networking tool I’ve ever used in my entire life and Twitter landed me more business than 10 years of in person networking. That’s why I use it, speak about it, am interviewed about it and train companies on how to use social media to be present and available in the lives of their customers.
But why? What is it about Twitter that gives it so much juice?
Twitter is used by a core set of people who focus on giving. This attracts people seeking who seek help, direction and affirmation. From career choices, coffee makers and cars to religion, raising children and raw food, you can find advice for it via Twitter. Twitter is a giant weather vane composed of millions of tiny weather vanes helping you navigate your world.
Five Questions To Add Value To Your Twitter Stream
The most important think I’ve learned about Twitter is that it’s all about connecting on a deeper emotional level with others. When you share something that resonates, people will respond. You can brighten someone’s day without ever knowing it.
You can make them smile, snort or chuckle with delight. You can give them perspective, courage and hope so my core advice for Twitter to be successful is to give with the intent of changing someone else’s reality.
- Are you sharing original thoughts?
- Are they focused on positive life events?
- Are you sharing news stories (that everyone else is also sharing? yawn)
- Are you reading the streams of other people and replying with a share?
- Are you making a sincere effort to improve the lives of those who follow you?
I encourage you to:
- Participate more openly if you’re already on Twitter
- Join Twitter if you’ve heard about it but not created an account
- Discuss the impact of Twitter on your life, business and family
- Share offline how you use Twitter and find out what others think too
In recent weeks, I’ve seen my Klout score climb to 68. Klout is an independent site used to measure influence on Twitter. I passed the 5,000 follower mark in May so along with the new score, I feel grateful and happy for this “social proof”. Since people like you are voting with their “tweet” (haha, get it, “feet”?), I wanted to write a post to help you think about adding value to your tweets.
The geeky twist I provide via consulting is to look at all of these networks, platforms and tools in the bigger picture of your business workflow, create a technology blueprint and centralize communications whenever possible. Feel free to contact me with interesting projects and speaking opportunities.
Everyone feels frustrated at first when they start using Twitter. They’re not sure how to “act” or “behave”. Some people reflect their true thoughts and feelings, others put on a show. Some choose to follow the rich and famous while others choose to follow friends, collegues and family members. The beautiful thing is Twitter can enrich anyone’s life and you have the direct ability to create your own experience in Twitter.
What is one thing you’re going to change about how you use Twitter?
What do you want to see me tweet about? I setup a poll last week to let people vote so let me know what you want to see more of!