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Old 16th April 2008, 07:25 PM   #11
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I joined over there a week or so ago but have not put any effort into it yet. It cracks me up when people comment about stupid stuff like they are going to bed. My user is greenblog

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Old 18th April 2008, 01:20 PM   #12
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FHIWindows, some people are really keeping us up-to-date, huh?

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Old 18th April 2008, 01:59 PM   #13
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I joined over there a week or so ago but have not put any effort into it yet. It cracks me up when people comment about stupid stuff like they are going to bed. My user is greenblog
I'm guilty of this. My problem is of the 250+ people that are following me, a lot of us are friends. Twitter is one channel I use to communicate with them but usually, I'm in touch with 20+ of them a day via IM, email and irc. (One of the real upsides of my job a Community liaison is I get to just "hang out" with people.) So usually when i say good morning or Good night, it's a clue to them that I'm available or not, or just saying good by en-mass.

Here's a thought I had this week as I've been following this thread and a couple of others about twitter.

I am a telecommuter now and have been for over 2 years. (this stretch) Before I took my job with Zend (best boss I've ever worked for) I worked in an office. There were about 10 of us and while they were all nice, I didn't really get to know any of them. I was actually better friends with a guy I met online, http://www.fredleo.com. (Funniest man I've never met) He and I talked almost daily during those 5 months and while the only thing we had in common was he was having trouble with one of my WordPress plug ins, we got to be fast friends. The people in my office, not so much.

Now that I'm telecommuting I've gotten involved in several communities, this one being the most recent. I don't have the depth of friends I have in other communities yet but that takes time.

Twitter though is something totally new. I now know things like a friend of mine here in Nashville had a friend who had a heart-attack. Even with IM, I would have never known that. I'm able to shout into the void and get echos back. I find new Friends like @SannWood who turned me on to helium.com (still not sure what it is or how I can exploit it, but I learned something!) and @janetleejohnson, who I think is a member of this community. I learned that she is based in Portland. Since i know that I'm going to be out there in July, it's a chance to do lunch and make a new friend.

There's a low signal to noise ratio on twitter, that's for sure. But I am careful to only follow people I'm interested in. I'm always honored when people follow me but I don't feel the compulsion to follow them unless I think they can add to the conversation that has become my life. That helps keep the spam out. It's not an arrogance thing, it's my way of filtering.

Oh and one final silly note, my boss follows me on twitter. Also, since I'm a spokesman for my company (I am the community face for Zend) those two things mean I usually have to watch what I say...occasionally I vent, like I did this morning, but I try and keep them to a minimum.

Anyhow, enough rambling. Suffice to say, twitter is now an integral part of my life and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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Old 19th April 2008, 11:50 AM   #14
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I've been using Twitter and enjoying it -- it's a fabulous way to get to know people. But I have to stop myself from wasting, er I mean, spending too much time over there.

OK, time to give up my Twitter name: @smallbiztrends

So feel free to follow and I'll return the favor.

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I joined a little while ago (karriflatla). Still trying to find my "groove" with it. It's definitely easier than Facebook to stay on top of in the sense that it's virtually effortless to use ... like Chat. Yet I'm not totally sold on it either. A lot of the twittering over there seems wasteful in the sense that some typing would be better spent writing posts for a blog or an article.

Just not sure how it fits into the grand scheme of online marketing. A lot of the social web seems dominated by other marketers but not necessarily by the consumers we're hoping to attract to our products and services. Of course, that's not to discount the importance of b2b networking.

But it does all seem rather incestuous at times.

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Just not sure how it fits into the grand scheme of online marketing. A lot of the social web seems dominated by other marketers but not necessarily by the consumers we're hoping to attract to our products and services. Of course, that's not to discount the importance of b2b networking.

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Here's my "strategy". First off, I'm real noisy on twitter, especially when I'm at a conference, I tweet them live. When I'm back home I try to keep it down but still manage 10-20 a day.
  • I try to be funny at least once a day.
  • I try to connect with someone personally at least once a day. (@whatever, offering a smile, shoulder or some kind of emotional support.)
  • I try and share something new at least twice a week that I did not write/podcast/create.
  • I try to pass on at least one request for help a week. This is hard because I have to know the person first or I won't pass it on.
  • I try to move conversations into DM, IM or Skype. (I don't always succeed)
  • I try to keep my own material posts sporadic. I usually only blog once a week, some weeks twice. When I do, a plugin posts on my behalf the title and the tinyurl.com for the post.

In no way to I pretend to be an expert but what I have found through my own experience is that people respect the fact that you say a lot, if you have something to say.

Keeping my own posts to a minimum tends to lend them weight. As it is, posting on twitter usually results in a 50% increase in page views on any given blog post.

None of these are hard and fast rules. I'm also still looking for new ways to mine twitter for data. (There is a LOT of it in there, you just have to have a big-old drill to get to it.)

Anyone else have any guidelines they use for twitter?

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Old 25th April 2008, 10:48 AM   #17
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I think those are excellent suggestions, calevans!

I apply the same "rules" to my other networking activities so in a way, Twittering isn't that much different, is it? It just seems that there is that much more "fluff" to sift through

Would you mind sharing the plugin you mentioned? It sounds great!

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Karri,

Alex King's TwitterTools.
http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress

Now that's a weird plugin because it will work both ways. It will pull FROM twitter into your blog as well as push TO twitter. I turn off all of the options except for the post to twitter feature.

The latest version is WP 2.5 compatible.

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Old 2nd May 2008, 12:19 PM   #20
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I'm afraid I'm with Matt on this one. I just can't seem to convince myself that I will be able to find the time to write short blurbs so often. I'm sure it's only a matter of time though before I get sucked in.

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