Mark Anthony McCray

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5 Ways to Use Twitter to Become a Happier Person

A lot of people see me, you and others “Tweet” and wonder why they should get involved. I am asked this question at least once per week. Twitter is a great, great platform that we can all use to make a big difference in our lives if use it well. Here are some ways that I use Twitter to help me that you can use, too, and become a much happier person.

1. Tweet to help people that you wouldn’t otherwise reach.

Be intentional about sharing wisdom and lessons you’ve learned in life. You might do this in concert with a blog or not, but either way, you’ll feel better knowing that there is someone out there benefiting from something you’ve learned. They might be on the other side of the planet, but they’ll appreciate knowing someone else has gone through what they’re experiencing.

2. Tweet your goals and allow people to provide accountability.

I like to Tweet about things with which I need help or encouragement. Twitter can give you the powerful benefit of positive peer pressure. For example, when you have planned to workout or skip the buffet today, tell people about it. There will usually be a number of people who will reply with encouragements and even tips to help you with your challenge. It also helps you to know that people are going to be expecting results from you.

3. Tweet to direct people to your business and generate sales.

This is an easy one so I won’t dwell on it. However, after you begin building a following, you’ll discover that a number of people will simply want to know what you do for a living. Just tell them. They may have been looking for you all along. They already know and trust you now, so building trust to lead to a sale won’t be as necessary.

4. Tweet to wind down.

Tweeting when you’re pissed off, frustrated or otherwise needing to rant is a great thing – just watch some of your language – and it can be a lot less destructive than putting your fist through a wall or yelling at your spouse. Tweets live forever, so keep it clean. It’s well known that it’s better to let it out rather than keep it in, so use all caps if you need to do so!

5. Make friends.

I believe that we are who we spend time with. I’ve been intentional to seek out and follow and interact with people who are going where I want to go in life. In your regular life, it might be difficult to find people who create barcode art. Twitter allows you to expand your reach. Surely there are other people around the globe with your interests – no matter how obscure.

I have done all of the above. I have found that using Twitter throughout my day and my week actually ENHANCES my week by increasing my focus on productivity. This is in contrast to other social networking sites that often require a lot more energy of me than I get back in benefits.

Get to Tweeting! Tweeting with purpose can benefit you a lot!

Comments

  • December 13, 2010

    See, Twitter conversation doesn’t have to be trivial. These are all good suggestions, though I might prefer #4 to happen under more private conditions. All in all, Twitter is still a medium to improve our lives by being an open door to connections we wouldn’t have made otherwise. Good advice, Mark, thanks for sharing. More happiness in our lives should be an everyday goal.

  • December 13, 2010

    Thank you for the feedback. I’ve received a few Tweetbacks on #4. To elaborate on my point, however:

    #1 – It is reported that 71% of Tweets are ignored.
    #2 – Studies show one of the main functions “friends” serve is to allow us an audience to whom to vent. This decreases pent up anger and stresses.

    Therefore, it seems to me that one of the main things Twitter can do for some of us is to give a virtual way to SCREAM OUT THE WINDOW AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS without actually disturbing the neighbors!

  • December 13, 2010

    I still find it hard to be a business tweeter- especially if your selling a product that people aren’t super excited about- like workplace training videos. How do you get a following with something that people are for the most part complaining about on Twitter?

  • December 14, 2010

    Good advice, but I kind of agree that one should be careful about #4. That can counteract advice #3 in http://www.twitip.com/tips-for-college-students-interested-in-a-field/ about cleaning up one’s tweets – job interviewers may not enjoy reading one’s rants.

  • December 15, 2010

    @ETL – It seems to me that the key to being a “business tweeter” is to also mix in some of your personality instead of only tweeting sales and product information. What is your business? http://www.twitter.com/markmccray

  • December 16, 2010

    good info, actually i didn’t use and not share my knowledge in twitter, but now i just thinking that why wont i share things around this twitter world. by doing this blog really these five will give greatness to someone. nice sharing, my wishes to keep this, thanks

  • December 21, 2010

    #4 is an interesting point and there are really two sides to it. On one side ranting about something may make people uncomfortable but on the other side it can make you seem more “real”.

  • December 25, 2010

    I didn’t think about #4 in that way. I’ve always been embarrassed to share about myself on twitter, but I’ll give it a try.

  • December 25, 2010

    I like idea #2: using Twitter to state your goals and gain support from followers. I plan to do just that in 2011. My goal? To eat mindfully and intuitively (which means no more eating at my computer while tweeting.)

  • January 2, 2011

    I dont know if Twitter is the best place to rant, especially if you’re going to rant about a person that’s on your twitterstream. Random incidents, sure, but ranting about a family member or a friend, may bring more harm than good. I think it’s best to write it in a piece of paper then toss it out or shred it out once you put your frustrations down.

  • January 4, 2011

    Great post! Twitter allows people (and businesses) to engage with focused audiences, to make new friends in real life and to generate and contribute to sounding boards for new ideas. But beyond that, some research indicates that conversing on Twitter increases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for love, trust and empathy. Thus, Twitter allows people to connect at a higher level when trust and empathy are at their peak. Just another way Twitter physically makes users feel happy.

  • January 4, 2011

    I like #5 the best! xo

  • January 14, 2011

    generating sales and increasing business is the most common use of Twitter as I don’t see many people interacting with their friends on Twitter.

  • January 14, 2011

    Hey! Great feedback, folks! I appreciate it! #2 is the one that I am using most effectively right now. Just posting that I’m heading out for a run, for example, is very motivating to me. It provides some instant accountability!

  • January 16, 2011

    Excellent article – I like to use twitter to find like-minded individuals – it’s very calm and relaxed and easy to make new online friends.

  • January 19, 2011

    All people participating in Twitter should follow these tips, because they are very useful for bloggers. Twitter is winning many users and may in the future you could reach out to facebook.

    Very good article Thanks!

    srvaliente

  • January 21, 2011

    Thanks for your great tips.

  • January 21, 2011

    Nice tips, thanks!

  • January 24, 2011

    Great tips everyone should follow.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Togrul

  • January 28, 2011

    Yeah, that’s right. I think Twitter had better be a tool for connecting people than a tool to attract traffic.

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