Apr 09 2009 - It’s Twitter Time!
Well, today I took the plunge and joined the millions (according to Twitter stats) of people who use Twitter.Β I thought I’d give it a test spin to see what all the hype is about.
The idea of Twitter is simple enough….frequent answers to the question, “What are you doing?”Β Personally, it sounds to me like another status update thing-a-ma-gig like on Facebook.Β I don’t really use that status update too much either, so what’s the point of having another one to update?
Well, after doing a little research, I found a list of other uses for Twitter that might come in handy for some people…
Personal Branding. Twitter is a social media platform you can use to build your personal brand. It has the primary benefit of developing a casual persona and establishes you as a social personality that is connected and approachable. As Twitter adoption increases, new users will be drawn towards well established Twitter personas.
Get Feedback. Need an alternative perspective on how a website looks or the right course of action to take? Blast out a message asking for advice and youβll receive replies from other users. This collective intelligence can be used as fodder for articles or projects.
Hire People. Need a good logo designer, marketer or programmer? Send out a message asking for recommendations. This is a very quick and easy way to hire freelancers or even companies based on familiar recommendations.
Read News. Twitter users often link to useful sites or articles and can be a source of scoops and alternative news. You can also subscribe to Twitter feeds for specific websites/conferences, which allows you to receive and view content quickly. This is very useful for active social news participants.
Make New Friends. Like any other social network, Twitter has a built-in function for you to befriend and track the messages of other users. This is an easy way for you connect with people outside of your usual circle. Make an effort to add active users you find interesting. A Twitter acquaintance can be developed into a long lasting friendship.
Network for benefits. Twitter can be used as a socializing platform for you to interact with other like-minded people, especially those in the same industry. It can be used to establish consistent and deeper relationships for future benefits such as testimonials or peer recommendations.
Use it as a ToDo list. Use Twitter to record down what you need to do while you are away from the computer. Mark the tweet as a favorite to file it for referencing. Another alternative is to use an Online task management service that is synced with Twitter.
Business Management. Twitter can be used as a company intranet that connects employees to one another. Workers can liaise with each other when working on group projects. Particularly useful when certain workers go out often in the field. Updates could be set to private for security reasons.
Take Notes. Twitter provides you with an easy way to record important ideas or concepts you want to explore further. Include links relevant to ideas you want to explore. Note taking can also be done offline via mobile applications.
Provide Live coverage. Twitterβs message size limit prevents detailed coverage of events but it can allow you to provide real-time commentary which may help to spark further discussion or interest on the event as other Twitter users spread the message. Very useful for citizen journalism.
(I’d like to thank the peopleΒ at doshdosh.com for this partial list of uses.Β You can find more by visiting their website.)
I’m going to give Twitter a trial run for a while and see how it goes!Β If anyone out there is using twitter, be sure to add me to your following by visiting the about page on this site or visit my twitter page at http://twitter.com/tlawrence36