Recently at my site I put out a question to my readers, “Are You A Twitter Snob?” It was something I’ve been thinking about for some time. It really started to annoy me when people would join Twitter, have all these followers and then never follow people back. It also was bothering me that people are just not taking the time to reply back to others. The post really turned more into a rant than anything but I think it got a good point across. After my rant was done I figured, now I really need to take the time to come up with some positive ways we can connect with others on Twitter.
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Here are five of the more common ways we can build relationships with others via the use of Twitter.
1. Connect with Friends & Family
Whether you’re a stay at home mom, small business owner, or just looking for some friendly conversation, Twitter is a great place to forge new friendships. You can easily begin following those with similar interests and before you know it, youâ€™ve made friends from all over the world.
Ever wonder what happened to your best buds in high school or college? Twitter has been used to connect with old friends from the past as well. Unlike MySpace or Facebook type sites, Twitter makes it easy to talk with others in real time instead of leaving a message and waiting for your friends to sign on and reply.
Are you a military family who moves a lot? Do you attend college in a different state than your family lives? Do you travel for work? If you spend time away from your family and would like a way to keep in touch that is more personal than email, try Twitter.
2. Find Work
Many times Twitter users post employment or freelance opportunities. They may need a freelance writer to put together a few articles for them or a graphics designer to create images for their website. Other Twitter users also post about jobs they know of that might interest their followers.
3. Gain New Customers and Clients
As a business owner, you should already know that word of mouth advertising is one of the best and least expensive ways to gain new business. With Twitter it’s not uncommon to see business owners plugging their own products to their followers. Perhaps even better, is when others who have used the product begin talking about it to their followers?
By following those in your target market on Twitter, you put yourself in a position to find out exactly what it is they need. What better way to do market research and maybe even make a few friends in the process. Just no spamming pretty please..
4. Find Products or Services You’re In Need of
As a consumer, word of mouth plays a big factor in whether or not you decide to buy a product. By communicating with other Twitter users, you learn what businesses are worth buying from and which to steer clear of. Twitter users will gladly share their opinions of products or services that they’ve used in the past.
Looking for a particular product or service and have trouble finding it? Don’t fret; your Twitter pals can more than likely lend a hand. Just sign in and ask your followers if they know where you can find it.
5. Form Partnerships
Because Twitter includes people from all over the world, the chances of meeting someone you may not have ever come in connect with otherwise, are high. You might have an affiliate program that fits the needs of a website owner half way across the globe.
There have also been many business partnerships blossom on Twitter. Do you have a passion for something, but don’t have all the skills necessary to make it a money making reality alone? Following those with the same interests can lead to turning your dream into actuality by forming a joint venture.
Twitter is a powerhouse on the Internet when it comes to forming relationships with others. Whether you’re just looking for some conversation, want to keep abreast of the latest news around the world, or are looking for thoughts and opinions a particular item, the site has a way of giving you what you seek through those who use it. Relationships are what make the world go around and when you aren’t limited to a small area, but instead have the entire world to connect with, the possibility of forming lasting relationships is a promising one.