It was not too long ago for me that a “Tweet” was a little yellow bird that was frantically chased about by a hungry cat with a very bad lisp. I had no idea what this Twitter and tweet and tweeps and tweeners (or whatever else) was all about. As I started to study and learn about this unique social media, I started to understand how useful it could be.
Here are some thoughts for anyone just starting out on Twitter.
Do not be Overwhelmed
There are acronyms and sayings that people use and it seems like you have missed this particular foreign language in your upbringing. Do not let this intimidate you. Everyone started there, whether they are willing to admit it or not.
A Bunch of Kids in the Park
Look at Twitter like a playground, with you, as an aspiring ok kid, want others to play with. You have a few choices to have them play. You can bring a bunch of really cool toys and share them with others. You can simply play with others really cool toys and just get along. You can do a mix of these things.
The whole point of the playground is to make friends and carry the relationship beyond the play area. Whether you are invited or you invite someone else. You want a relationship that continues beyond the playground.
Choose your Parks Wisely
Playing in the right play area is probably more important than we all know. Sometimes a child will see some others playing and instinctively wants to join in. Sometimes this ends up being a huge waste of time as it is not fun and little is gained.
With Twitter, choose hashtags (those # marked areas) that are relevant to you – not what you want to accomplish. If you want a job, do not follow all the career or job related tags. This is a waste of your time. Instead follow and participate in tags that have to do with what you do for a living, or what you want to do.
Lots of kids have cool toys. Sometimes you think your GI Joe is awesome until you realize everyone has one.
Make sure to look around your hashtag “playground” to see what people are talking about. Figure out what they find interesting. If it is your profession, that has to be almost second nature for you.
Play with others nicely. If you spend your whole time on a playground asking kids to be your friend, you will go home friendless and labeled as a nutty kid. Instead have fun and interact with others. When you do, friends are made naturally.
Treat Twitter that same. Have fun. Do not try so hard. Try not to be self serving and enjoy the process instead of being stuck on the end goal. Friends will be made and you will build fantastic relationships.