Surprisingly it’s already been two months since my foray on Twitter. As a newbie I had several misconceptions coming in which were that people on Twitter were:
- time wasters
- ego centric
- and anti-business
Boy was I wrong! Sure like anywhere else there are people who talk about inane things or who only tweet about themselves or endlessly re-post garish and unbelievable claims, but overall I found amazing support for creative and innovative thinking. I found individuals who have a passion for talent management, recruiting, human resources, leadership, engagement and social media, that have a compassionate heart and that actually care about engaging with others for more than purely business.
Let me tell you why Twitter is a must for anyone:
1. Passion wins out
You will find people who are as passionate as you are about what you love. They will share their love, their knowledge and push you to become better. People like @animal, @shally, @leadershipfreak, @jennifermcClure, @fondalo share my passion for HR, recruitment, engagement, leadership and social media.
2. Focus on engagement
If your on Twitter for the wrong reasons people know, so be genuine and share knowledge vs. just talking about yourself or your business. Here are some of the best engagers I have met so far: @fondalo, @lollydaskal, @jrkuhns, @afraymond, @TomBolt, @KozakAnnie.
3. Find people that will help you or your business
Look for people who love what they do and will therefore love what you do. No ego’s here even though these are competitive people. They share the same passion that you do and want to share it with you and their followers. A few of these great people are: @academyofrock, @namasteleaders, @Heathermg1973, @Hunt4staff, @Mauriceboily, @EscouterMag.
4. Learn from the pro’s that truly share
5. Be yourself but try to loosen up
Dont’ try to be someone else or to be someone who has no personality or that is so focused on business no other value eke’s out of you. Have fun, be light on your feet and on your keyboard, speak with passion but also with compassion. If you do people will listen and tweet.
6. Stay away from the car salesmen and the sex pushers
Unless you are a masochist or a pervert stay away from the pushy salespeople and the hookers and sex phone diva’s. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s true it’s too good to be true. Do not add them as twerps you follow unless you want to look like a masochist or a pervert. Are a few extra followers really worth it?
Free Cool Twitter Tools
Below are some of the free cool tools that helped me find my way on the Twittersphere in the first few months. It took me a few months to find them and try them out, so hopefully this will accelerate your success.
An amazing tool that allows you to capture great posts and news and put them in automatic wait sequence that will feed them to your posts every few hours so your tweets are spaced out more evenly.
Allows you to unfollow users who are not active, contribute very unfrequently or who do not follow you. Just remember that even though someone does not follow you it does not mean that they do not contribute value to you. Show them your value and they will soon become followers too!
A great analytical tool that provides some in-depth analysis of your progress on Twitter. Number of followers, retweets, lists, etc… all in a visual format.
A simple tool that projects your rise on the twittersphere and allows you to put counters on your blog, website.
A library of all the wonderful twitter lists out there so you can follow twerps like you more easily.
An engagement tool that allows you to build lists of what you need to develop your business or engage your passion. You get two free lists with the free edition.
Nifty little tool that allows you to shorten your links but also to track traffic on that link, ie: how many people look at it, retweet it, etc…
As of today a little less than two months in I have over 1,652 followers that follow not me but my passion in HR, recruitment, leadership, engagement and social media. Twitter is now more than an experiment but a great medium for me to learn, mentor and share my passions. I hope that you too can engage and share your passions on Twitter.