When I first heard of Twitter it sounded like a public, virtual “to-do” list. Buy cat food, bake a pie, get massage. I went to the site and signed up for an account and then nothing. I didn’t see any friends twittering, I didn’t see any interesting postings and I was dumbfounded. But I kept hearing and reading about it so I gave it a second chance. I read about Twitter search and tried a few terms and suddenly, I realized its power. There in a few key strokes was access to a wide range of pre-selected content on a wide-range of topics.
How I started to really use Twitter:
Once I saw the power of Twitter, it was easy to start following people who were twittering about interesting subjects so I did that. A few would follow me but most didn’t. Why should they? I didn’t have anything interesting to say. Then I realized the power of linking to content within the Twitter and the power of the tinyurl. I thought; what if I start posting choice blog content? Things I’ve posted about here that people following me or searching for content, would find interesting?
How I use Twitter now:
I decided that I would focus my twittering on more of my new lawsuit filing blog posts. I wanted to belong to the Twitter legal community and I started linking recently filed lawsuits that caught my attention. I also posted about social media issues and other strange or odd news that people might enjoy. I joined Lextweet and started to gain followers and add followers. Now I have a self-selected group of people. At the moment, 35 people follow me and I follow 41 people. I don’t follow everyone who follows me and there are Twitterers I don’t let follow me. Mostly, those are corporate entities which I’m not interested in.
So, why am I Twittering?
Its another way for me to connect to and build up an online community of shared concerns. I get great links and hopefully share valuable links as well. Its not a social thing for me. I rarely post about personal things and I’m not much interested in that from others. People I share with aren’t friends but colleagues, people who are exploring information and a new media together. At the moment, I don’t Twitter much – maybe 15 minutes a day but I do it every day as an adjunct to blogging. For me, its a great add-on to the content enrichment and dissemination I’m already doing. I could and may do much more with Twitter. I’d be interest in how others see the value of Twitter (beyond the cool, new thing).