Over the weekend I was greeted by a new twitter friend. His name is Ryan Arthur Post, but you might find him in the twitter world as @ryanmpost. I was excited to see him on the twitterwideweb. Why? Because I have a man crush on him? Because I make money for every person that I refer to twitter? Because I want more friends? All those answers could be true, but there is one that stands out to me the most, I like to keep up with what my friends are doing.
“Tell me how to use this thing” seems like the common response to new users of new technology.
I can remember many times people asking me to teach them how to use photoshop, final cut, blogging, facebook, etc…My common response is “figure it out.” But I like to help other people learn how to do things and give them as much info that I know as I can. But, that was the way I had to learn, I had to figure it out and that is the best way for you to learn. But with twitter becoming very very popular, more and more non-technologically advanced people are joining its ranks. Now you do not have to understand CSS or java script to be a twitter user. In all honesty you parents could use twitter. But it seems that many people are either overwhelmed by twitter or they just do not get what it is all about. What is encouraging is I am hearing less about people criticizing twitter by saying “I do not want to hear about you sitting on your coach” to “I do not have anything to say.” It use to be that it was a very narcissistic application (and it still can be) but people are starting to see that twitter is less about what you are eating for dinner, and more about what you have to say.
Do you have a twitter strategy? Usually when I talk to people about twitter, I usually ask how they use it or how would they use twitter? It took me a couple of months to even figure out how it works and what I would say. One big advancement for me was the third party applications like tweetie and seesmic desktop. This changed the way I tweet. If you do not have a twitter strategy or methodology you will not be much of a twitter user. I see it all the time, people who do not really have a rhyme or reason do not stick around very long. And why would they? Twitter can be very pointless if you do not have any reason for using it. I like to use twitter to share things. Whether that is links to blog post or different questions, I like to engage in conversation and thoughts. As well, I like to follow others that can teach me more. This is my strategy that works for me, or at least the way that I use twitter.
What is your twitter strategy?
Or how/why do you tweet?