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Twitter is a weird thing

But useful.

If you follow enough people, here’s what you get

  1. A true sense of what’s going on out there
  2. Early links to news (before it shows up in the alerts from major media)
  3. Links to the greatest blog posts that you would have missed
  4. A lot of silliness
  5. A sense of community. It’s like a non-stop happy hour.

It’s one of those you-just-gotta-try-it things.  So try it for 2 weeks.  I went from skeptical to a fan.

Remember, you have to follow a lot of people or it doesn’t do much. So find someone you like and follow them, then follow who they follow.

Start with me:

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Update: Added the Twitter application to my Facebook page. Now I’m getting a ton more Facebook messages. In a good way

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  1. Mari Smith February 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    I agree with what you say here, Andy!!
    It took me a bit to figure it out, but I *really* love Twitter. It’s my constant “umbilical cord” to the WWW, 24/7. Plus, I feed into two blogs – one I write about my RV travels and my mum always knows where I am. LOL.
    And I’ve gotten more traffic, more buzz, more ideas and especially building strategic connections with quality peeps. ;)

  2. bain smith February 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm #

    Andy, I really agree with you on this. I was way skeptical at first but it’s making other types of social interaction on the net increasingly irrelevant to me. There’s something about the community aspect and the organic growth of it that is truly compelling. cheers for that.

  3. Jeanette February 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm #

    At first, I only followed a few people so I could track the pulse of the net. I selected top social media bloggers, book marketers, and Internet marketers. When I followed more people, it got to be too much to read and I lost the flow. I hated “unfollowing” because I didn’t want anyone to think they were uninteresting, but I had to make hard choices between feelings and a manageable number of posts. One big problem, too many twitters link to great information that sucks you in. I certainly do not want my employees twittering on the job.

  4. Marina Martin February 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm #

    Jeanette, at that point I’ve found the best way to use Twitter is to accept that you can’t read everything, and just read what you happen to see. I follow more than 900 people and somehow I still know what’s going on with most of them and get the latest Twitter news. It’s osmosis-like.
    Perhaps you could set your employees up with intra-office Twitter names to facilitate communication within the office without the outside noise?

  5. BIG Kahuna February 23, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    I have to say I’m pretty up on social media but for the love of God have no idea what I’m doing on twitter. I’m somewhat twitterphobic.
    Although I am following you, ps. I’m if you want to give me a critique.

  6. Andy Sernovitz February 23, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Kahuna –
    I don’t think there is a right or wrong way. It’s all new, and whatever works is good. Keep playing.
    Something I always advise my clients: Ignore the people who tell you that your company must do xyz. Every social media tool has a big fad and buzz surrounding it. But that doesn’t mean it makes sense for your business.
    My advice:
    1. Play with the sites once they get big, just so you know what they do. No need to be a pioneer. But use them enough to learn.
    2. Do what your customers do. If they are on youtube/myspace/gather/twitter/whatever … follow them (don’t get ahead of them).
    Have fun!

  7. michelle lamar February 25, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    Until 2 weeks ago, I felt the same way as Big Kahuna. I had Twitter “issues”. But I jumped in and I LOVE IT. It’s a fun mishmash and I’ve been exposed to new people, subjects and news. For an “A.D.D.” person like me, it’s heaven.

  8. Bradley C Hughes February 26, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    My friend told me about Twitter early last year as I recall. I didn’t get on board until late in the year.
    In the few months I have been Twittering now, I feel I am discovering so much more of the world and the wonderful people in it.
    I am following some extraordinary individuals, who are generous with their commentary and sharing of information.
    I am honoured that people are chosing to follow my eclectic mix of personal observation and slightly paranoid libertarian leaning quips. – I follow most people who follow me.
    I also feed my tweets into my blog and my blog postings into Twitter, so that I am building content and readership in both directions.
    As I’m so busy with various ventures currently to sit and write some decent long form articles for my blog, I am relying on my twitter messages to feed new content to my blog until I can set aside some time for writing high quality longer blog articles.

  9. AnnOhio February 27, 2008 at 9:18 am #

    I am sure that I fall into category 4 a lot of silliness. I’ve been on Twitter since last March, prior to that there was no AnnOhio in the Internet world. Now I find myself in the middle of a growing and evolving community.
    I’ve found that about 200 people is my limit as far as people I can follow in my personal Twitter stream. Any more than that and I lose track of the people I truly love to follow and connect with.
    Twitter is hard to explain, I thought it was stupid when I first started using it..I’ve brought a few friends to Twitter and the reactions have been mixed. If you would have asked me a year ago if I would have ever thought I would be meeting and talking to friends from some online social networking program..I would have called you crazy.
    …wait, maybe that crazy part is true? :o)


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