Sunday, May 3, 2009

I Blog, Therefore I Tweet

http://twitter.com/jeffbecraft

Like many of you, I imagine, I resisted signing on to Twitter for a long time, despite good experiences with a number of Social Media like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Blogger.

Why the hesitation?  Well, I was already updating my Facebook status regularly, to joke with my friends and coordinate reunions with old classmates, update the grandparents on my son’s Little League games, etc., and my LinkedIn status, to update my colleagues about what I was focused on at work and anything I might be seeking help with.  Anything else I wanted to say, well, I had my blog for that.  So who needed Twitter?

But at some point, I started realizing that one of the most common things I wanted to do was share a link to a cool web page or blog post about a topic, like SharePoint, which I specialize in professionally, or filmmaking, which is my personal passion.  I had begun to create draft blog posts with nothing more than a link to a cool web page, and a note saying, “Blog about this when time frees up.”  Well, time sure has a way of not freeing up, doesn’t it?  What was the easiest, most convenient way to share a simple URL with people interested in the same topics as me?  Hmm…   Maybe Twitter is the missing link, I thought.  I could use it to both promote my blog and share those links I don’t have time to elaborate on in my full blog.  This would be the only benefit I would get from Twitter.

So, I figured, why not?  I signed on to Twitter on April 20, 2009.  Now, roughly 10 days later, I’ve got 75 followers (sort of the equivalent of “friends” on Facebook or “connections” on LinkedIn (Noteworthy: Less than 10% of my Twitter followers are also Facebook friends or LinkedIn connections; thus I have now expanded my network further just by signing on; this turned out to be an unexpected second benefit). 

The difference between Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter is that on Twitter you can Follow anyone you choose, there is no “friend request/accept” hurdle to get through.  The person you follow doesn’t have to follow you in return (though many do).  So, I was able to start following some of my favorite authors like Steven R. Covey who tweets a couple of pearls of effectiveness wisdom a day, some of my favorite news outlets like the New York Times and Variety, who tweet several headlines a day, and a number of SharePoint experts who are semi-famous within their professional domain, who tweet frequently throughout the day.  Definitely, an unexpected third benefit.

Now that I am a fan of Twitter, I thought of a great way to go back and tie my Twitter activities into my full blog.  I will be picking the best “Tweets of the Week” from all of the people I follow, incluidng my own, and will archive those in a full blog message here, so they can be organized and kept track of long term.

I hope you’ll join me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffbecraft

Take care,
Jeff

2 comments:

  1. Hey Jeff -

    There is an application in Facebook for your Tweets to become your Facebook status.

    Sometimes the audiences overlap, but it's a nice efficiency.

    Also, if you want all of your blog posts to automatically hit your Twitter account, check out twitterfeed.com

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  2. Thanks for the tips, Shawn.

    I actually hooked up the Facebook app already, and I'm using the Twitter Notify plug-in that is available in Windows Live Writer, to automatically tweet whenever I publish a blog post, but I'll take a look at Twitterfeed, too.

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