Everyday I wake up and the first thing I do is I check my twitter (Don’t have to feel guilty, you’re not alone). It has been nearly one and a half year for me. Not as long as @Ed though, he’s been on twitter and connecting with people since 2006. One thing I want to say is twitter has been nothing but great! I’ve even connected deeper relationship with people on twitter through DM’s and emails.
I’ve gotten to know and was touched bout the story @AdamsConsulting shared during our interview at An Inside Look at One of Twitter’s Amazing Influences @adamsconsulting
I’ve learned so much from twitter and I can say that twitter allowed me to grow to be who I am today.
One thing I love twitter is it allowed me to continue to learn. This is something which I love about twitter so much, it allowed me to continue to learn since I ask a lot. I’ve been learning so much from great people who had the opportunity to connect with on twitter. @JeffBullas teaches so many great things on his blog and even created a blog post when I asked him a question on twitter. @gupshupblog who gave me some advice on SEO when we had a chat in our DM. @adamsconsulting, @terrinakamura, @peri37 who are a super positive influence and a role model. The name are endless. I know there are people who says “you can get this in real life too you know” sure of course! I’m just saying that twitter is an add on to my life. I don’t really see all just “twitter” though. I look at twitter as simply a tool that helps me connect with all this amazing people. I doubt if I was on twitter, I will able to meet some of the amazing people that I’ve met today. I’ve even connected with a lot of them on linkedin and facebook as well. Twitter has been like a firefox add on for my firefox web-browser. Yes I am on PC.
So here are some tips to help you build relationships, these aren’t the only tips though. If you are doing others, share with us what you’ve done in the comment section below. There is no right way or wrong way of using twitter. Everyone have their own methods of connecting with people online. Here are mine:
Always have a list
I can’t tell you how important it is to have a list. I use list to connect with people and retweet people. I even use list to follow a lot of people who I find interesting, have great personalities even follow experts in fields that I am interested in. I also use twitter search functions to look at what people are talking and sometimes I jump in to help.
Connect with 5 people a day
This has to be the easiest thing you can do, don’t worry if you have a busy schedule, try to comment tweets from your friends or followers in a day. Jump in conversations and comment to let them know you’re reading the tweets. Drop by to comment on something they are talking about. If you see someone that you’ve not talked to for a while, drop by to say HELLO or if they connect their facebook page, try to add them on facebook too. If helps you to remember people and build closer relationship with them.
I always retweet tweets if you notice on my time line, almost all of my tweets are retweets from other because they share great stuff and I read them. So after I usually will retweet then whenever I find them interesting. They have to “pass” the cut first. Retweets are the “love” on twitter. Share them often and you will receive them in return.
We’re Not Just An Avatar
Up to today, I’ve met so many amazing people on twitter, I plan to meet up with a lot of them after I graduate. Someone who I talk to a lot on twitter mentioning to me that we’re not just an avatar, I truly agree with that statement, I’ve been here for a while to see many people leaving twitter and so many people staying. I’ve connect with great people who I have the utmost respect for. Some of them are:
@joycecherrier who is a great fitness guru (she owes me surfing lessons), @mistygirlph who has a great personality and we had a little talk on facebook lately, @suuperG who needs to start her own free hugs campaign giving away free hugs on twitter. @krystynchong who’s personality is always bubbly and fun. @shellykramer who is professional and goofy at the same time.
Notice all names are actually women? Oops! Guys! Ladies first! Some great guys who I met on twitter who I respect a lot are @DannyBrown who I started reading his blog and now stalk him on twitter, facebook, and linkedin. Danny has his own company and runs 12for12k which raises 12k for 12 charities in 12months. @flipbooks aka Mr.Retweet who may seem unapproachable on twitter but is very approachable in DM’s. @mayhemstudios aka Calvin Lee who is my alike. He used to be a little shy (like me.. I still am) but goes to events and meets up with people now. @Paul_steele who’s is a great personality and a great influence doing twitter singups and recently one video on the oil spill. @masismore who I think is one of the funniest guy I met on twitter besides me :P. We joke a lot on twitter and on facebook. oh the list just got started. I can write a whole book! 😛
What I am trying to say is, everyone has their own story. Even YOU. I believe everyone is interesting in their own ways. Some may love you, some may not. Don’t worry. I am in that situation too. One thing I learnt from @guykawasaki is “if people don’t like it, they can UFM (UnFollow Me) ” Continue connecting with people. I’m approachable too. You can connect with me on twitter, facebook, linkedin or even on my blog. If you want to email me you can use the contact form and send me an email. I reply 99% of the time. The 1% usually end up in my junk mail for some apparent reasons. If I don’t reply on twitter I might miss it but usually I get back pretty quickly or maybe I might miss it. I do apologies for that.
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