Someone suggested I write about what I’ve accomplished my first year on twitter, which is also my first year immersed in social media. I asked them to write it. I didn’t want it to be about my ego, but you know what? I have the best perspective. I will mention a few milestones for credibility, and to show what an average person can do, but what I really want to share, is what I’ve learned.
My twitter anniversary is 6/16/10. I joined Facebook after that, and Linkedin even later. I’ve administered my band’s Myspace since 2007 (but haven’t used it this year). I’m not very competent on Facebook or Linkedin, but I love The twitter. It fits my ADHD. Squirrel. Something shiny…
Our business has benefited from the exposure. We’ve generated leads and made sales. We have networked and colaborated with other businesses, and we’ve connected with people within our industry. Our social presence has also helped our SEO. Twitter has driven people to our blog, and most open a few pages on our site. Social media works.
Through twitter, I’ve been asked to guest blog, present, and attend events. That’s all fine and good for the ego, but what’s important are the connections and freindships I’ve made. I’ve met people and made friends I never would’ve met otherwise. I tweet with people on several continents. I have smart friends, and funny friends, and smart friends who are funny. I listen, learn, and share. I love The twitter.
What I’ve learned from The Twitter
- It’s a place to make good friends with similar values.
- You can find and meet friends F2F
- You can make business contacts and generate leads
- It’s a place to promote good content
- You’ll learn if your content sucks
- You can support and promote chariable events on twitter
- Tweeters help each other
- Courtesy counts
- Grammar is important
- Constructing 140 character tweets is a great writing exercise
- There are not enough hours in the day
- I really do have ADHD 😉
- Listen first, before you speak (I continue to forget this one)
- Somebody knows more than you do
- You can meet people you never dreamed you’d meet
Maybe it’s the company I keep, or maybe it’s “The Twitter,” but this last year has been a whirlwind of learning. I’ve made good friends. I’ve learned so much about so many things. I’m more courteous, I’m a better writer, and I’m a better person because of twitter. Thank you all. What have you learned from twitter? Would you like some ideas on how to use twitter?
Randy Clark is the Director of Communications at TKO Graphix, where he blogs for TKO Graphix Brandwire. Prior to TKO, he spent 13 years with Unique Home Solutions as Marketing Director and VP of Operations. He is an avid flower gardener, beer geek, and he fronts the Under the Radar rock & roll band http://bit.ly/9mJ59m
The Regular Joe
was so happy to hear you think those things.
I still feel I haven't cracked the Twitter code just yet
I run clever tweets (I think), try to communicate and link to my new posts but still most of my followers are bots and it really hasn't shown any traffic.
do you have any advice on how to better communicate or make people notice you? (except leaving comments in related articles)
Thanks for the comment Joe. First of all, I hope others who know more than I help answer your question. Here are a few basics I follow. Share valuable content whether it’s contributing or pointing others to it through an RT. When you find others you respect -promote them. Be courteous, polite, and caring. Don’t over promote, but… I’m going to borrow from Mr. Lacy; sometimes it’s OK to be a little creepy. For example, when you have important content you are passionate about why wouldn’t you ask others to help? (Please RT). Have fun, converse, be you – but not too much. What I mean is, at least for me, twitter is not a place to share my political and religious views. I hope this gives you a couple of useful ideas. Who else has a suggestion for Joe?
Great observations Randy,
It's interesting to see how these relationships form from social media. Just last night, someone was thanking the support of their friends who they connected with via social media. Social media helps find people who are more akin to your own personality.
It amazes me how useful SM in general and twitter in particular is to connect with others. I think it's wonderful how you use it to reach out and meet F2F. Thanks for the comment.
I love them all. My fav on your list: #7 and #14 – I get great advice just by asking. And I get to meet great people.
My favorite use of Twitter: Meets and conferences. You get to connect with people before you even arrive, follow topics and best of all meet your contacts face to face.
Thanks Bella. (LOL) It is humbling how many know so much more, isn't it? I agree on #7 & #14, but #2 might be my favorite.
I feel that I get so much support on the Social Media circuit from people I have never met personally! Some amazing things have come about for me personally as well as in my business because of it! I won a $15,000 grant from Huggies because of Twitter interaction, have made sales for my business and connected with some amazing people! It has been amazing interacting with so many others that get what it's like to be an entrepreneur, Mom, biz owner….the list could go on and on!
A lot of my friends in the real world don't get Twitter at all and have made fun of me in the past for "Tweeting" but when I won my grant that kind of shut them up!
What a great story! I'm still smiling. Thank you for sharing. Is there anyone out there have successes they’d like to share?
Thanks for sharing your experiences with Twitter over year 1. The biggest lesson I can offer for those Tweet as themselves is: Your Tweets should reflect your core values because over time your followers will form an opinion of you by the content that you share/Tweet.
Wonderful article, and I like this words. Thank you for your share!
Great observations Randy!
Thanks for sharing Randy,
I'm just taking my first baby steps into the social media world.
My biggest challenges are learning to structure my time effectively, letting go my past prejudice about SM and trusting it's okay to simply enjoy learning from others online.
Your post is a kind reminder that while my learning curve maybe a little bit steep at the moment, it's well worth the effort.
Thanks for the kind words and reach out to me if I can be of any assistance @randyckartko.
You're right I need a twitter account.
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