Just a little more than one year now on Twitter as I am fast approaching 4,000 Tweets. At first it seemed ridiculous to me – what could one do with only 140 characters and why would anyone even be interested in what I would tweet about?! And who would I follow?! So I started off just learning the technology and the protocol.
It didn’t take long to catch on, but it did take a while to learn how to use Twitter in a way that would be useful to me and my voiceover business. I still have things to learn and hope my follower base increases significantly, but Twitter has become a gold mine! Perhaps not in a direct monetary way, but as far as the networking, knowledge, and resources I have found!
The secret to Twitter being worthwhile is in who you follow. It took a while, but soon enough I discovered many excellent, knowledgeable, and entertaining folks to follow…some excellent contacts, and now good Twitter friends. Recently, while attending an industry conference (VOICE 2010) I connected with many who I had previously only known on Twitter. It was wonderful! All of a sudden we were talking, sharing stories, and enjoying each other as if we had known each other for a very long time.
There are some on Twitter I have not actually met yet, but there is still a real connection! They are so supportive to me and I try to be supportive back. Twitter is about sharing information and support. It is a mutually beneficial relationship. I encourage you to explore the ‘Twitterverse’. Find people you would like to follow – those with tips, ideas, experience and knowledge about your interests and likes – business interests, life goals, hobbies, music, vacation destinations, just about anything you want to know more about! With a little digging you will find a gold mine with your name on it!
Oh, and my Twitter name is @MikeRaphone – I hope you will consider following me!