Oh happy days, Twitter is coming of age and has evolved into more than just a way for celebrities to broadcast their current happenings, we are all part of the revolution. From its beginning as a purely social media, we have moved to a realm where information is shared, invitations are sent, inspiration is passed along, announcements are made, business is offered and so much more. What are the uses of Twitter now?
Twitter, of course, is still the premier “short message” forum. Twitter still tells life’s snippets, the minute bite that lets your friends in on what just happened that you want the world to know. But Twitter has morphed into much more and reaches farther into the realm of business than imagined.
How is Twitter used?
1. Social Reporting – yes, it still is the pre-eminent way to tell your world about what has happened to you. You get from your contacts what is happening and important to them in bite-sized chunks, just enough to get the gist of what is going on. But you can have a conversation on Twitter; you just have to keep it in those bite-sized chunks. From there getting more information goes back to other forms that allow more details.
2. Conversations – you get a message or tweet and want to have a dialogue with the person sending it. You reply to them. If they are interested in continuing the conversation, they reply back. In a way, it is like another source for instant messaging. Remember, this is a more public forum so many other people are able to see what you are posting, it is not as private as other IM modalities.
3. Keep in touch with Friends and Family – with so much going on, Twitter gives us a way to let people near and dear to us know what is going on in a timely way using those bite-sized pieces of information. Sometimes, even though we should spend more time calling and writing family and friends, the time eludes us. Twitter is a way to help maintain contact.
4. Ranting and expressing opinions – lots of people will get your message and while they can reply, you monitor what you hear. If you express strong opinions, you will get strong opinions back. It is really great that you can dialogue and not confront your conversationalist directly.
5. Business Development – Twitter has come of age in providing a forum for establishing, developing, nurturing and growing a business.
6. Creating interesting and informative content – Twitter is fantastic for letting people know what you have been developing and where to find those pieces of content that you have spent so much time and effort working on.
7. Networking for information – gathering pieces of information from contacts to use in your business and for finding out who would be someone to contact directly to get what you are looking for.
8. Disseminating News and Information – using Twitter to let others in your network know what may have just happened that will impact or interest them that you found out about. You will also get pieces of news that your contacts feel are interesting enough to share and you can pass them along with a “re-tweet”.
9. Asking and Answering Questions – especially if people identify you as having expertise in an area, you are a resource. In the same way, Twitter allows you to pose a question to a large group of people, at least one of whom may have just what you need.
10. Motivation – sending a snippet that will give your network a bit of a lift.
11. Inspiration – giving your network a “nudge” something that will give them impetus to do better.
12. Promotion of Yourself and Your Business – the fastest way to get information you want about yourself and your business in front of many, many people almost instantly. Tweeting about yourself is a superb way to promote what you are doing.
14. Promoting Others – your business associates and associations can also be promoted and broadcast. Sharing content is one thing, but sharing business can be very profitable.
15. Pure FUN – Twitter is the greatest way to send funny notes, short funny snippets, brain teasers, short jokes, and all manner of things to bring a smile onto the face of people in your network.
16. Links to other sites – you find something “everyone” should have, so send them a link.
There are likely to be many others that you can think of and I would like to know about your ideas too. Twitter is fantastic, it is fun, it is informative, it can be lucrative. Tell the world what you have to say in 130 or less characters. THAT is the challenge!
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