Saturday, July 25, 2009

Learning to Fly.....I Mean Tweet....on Twitter

I'm sure by now eveyrone who reads this blog has a ‘twitter’ account. It is one of the things to do in the internet marketing world.

I just signed up for an account yesterday, and boy, in less than 24 hours, what a learning experience this has been. It’s almost like jumping into the middle of a running race. Jump in and take off or get run over.

Now when I signed on, I had no idea what tweeting was, how to do it, or if it would hurt. But, being the courageous person I like to believe I am, I jumped in with both feet.

First I wanted to familiarize myself with the layout of the site. That alone took a bit. The thing about Twitter is, one needs to be very short, to the point, and concise. Even on the profile bio, one only has so many words to define oneself. I”m still working on that one, trying to figure out the best, most solid wording. At the same time, I’m not so sure that part matters all that much and may end up just putting something fun in. Perhaps a combination of both.

As I was working on the set up, I received notice that I had a follower. I had someone ‘following’ me! That means someone subscribed to see my posts. How exciting for me. Her name was Natya. She didn’t have much to say, very brief. But I checked out her profile, and could tell immediately she was a porn spammer. Jeez, is there NO escaping these people? Luckily, Twitter allows us to block people so blocked, she was.

So much for my follower. But, by the time I freed myself from that site only an hour or two later, I had about 35 followers. and only one more of them was a porn spammer. I’m guessing that isn’t too bad. Still, between last night and now, I’ve learned that there are many kinds of spammers on Twitter, not just obvious, ‘check out my pictures’ porn spam, unfortunately.

Since last night, I’ve been reading as many info posts by the various twitter tip people on the site, trying to figure out the difference between @, RT, #FF, D, and so on. It’s like learning new code. It reminds me of when I used to write basic programming for the computer. I think I’m getting it.

This morning, I awoke to 30 more new friends. I’ve never been so popular. Of course, I’m getting the feeling it’s not ME they are looking for. In fact, I know it’s not. Twitter is about getting your name and info in front of as many people as possible. This is where the fine tuning comes in. If your ‘tweets’ (posts) are spammy, people will know it.

It’s really, what I’m discovering, about offering up good quality content, personal notes, and creating relationships. The business connection will come later, if at all.

Still, it’s fun. Although I realize now I have to be very careful with this site, because of all the tweets. I could spend hours (and have) just reading the links, clicking on links within the links, finding other articles, etc. It truly becomes the world wide ‘web’.

And I’m only scratching the surface for sure. It’s like when I first started playing around in Second Life. I know that I’ll probably never ‘get’ the depth and breadth of this site. I’m just not that well rounded.

But, wow, it’s certainly serving a purpose. I’m blown away at how quickly the stats for my website and blog have gone up. Just by being on Twitter for about 24 hours.

The power of the internet, for sure. I’d love to hear of any tips that anyone has in regards to Twitter. I’m still a total newb. So if you’ve got something that you have discovered has been particularly helpful, I’d be interested in reading!


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