“Twits on twitter”

There are a few…. ;o)

They obviously don’t know it themselves, else they wouldn’t carry on being twits!
Maybe they will soon ;o)

Twitter, a great idea which I don’t think is going to die out anytime soon with devices capabilities so you can use your phone with it etc will most likely help it grow massively as more people hear about it, try it and like it.

Why use twitter?

For the same reason we live…to build relationships, be connected, to share, to talk, to help, to teach, to laugh, to support and to be there for.

If you doubt that, you don’t grasp it as you should.

People who use twitter often get “news” online fast, like the current IKE issue, people posting updates on twitter were doing so in REAL time.

There is a lady who is in LABOUR, giving birth, keeping everyone updated on twitter…in REAL time. Best of luck there to you too. ;o)

It’s like a mini RRS feed of someones going on’s as it happens. :o)

Where else do you see that? See the potential with that?

Yet so many who should know better get it wrong.

Here is the dilemma with the twits, they see it as ONLY a marketing tool, inevitably be to be abused like other things that go the same way.

Marketing IS a part of life, we all do it, but not all the correct way, or in the most beneficial way.

Unintentional marketing is usually the best marketing.

Hard to do when all you intend is to market and IMO end up spamming the place with links in almost every “tweat” (each 140 character response made) you make.
If that is YOU, you don’t “get it at all” IMO…you are a twit!

Don’t get me wrong there are some marketers who do use it well.

Tweaters on the other hand, “get it” ;o)

It’s a connection tool first, they follow who they like, while others who like them follow them. :o)

One good advantage with twitter is you can add the RSS feed to a blog, website, lens which means freshly updated content each time you tweat.

Your biggest advantage on twitter is to be YOURSELF.

Just as it is in life.

If twitter is ONE part of your social networking efforts, be careful not to ruin it with a dirty great footprint which could be counter productive, as Lynn terry elaborated on too.

It’s not all bad though as Lynn shared with us a good port on doing it successfully.

I point you to them as it means I need not explain it myself, and also I am doing what we should be doing.

Sharing good content which will help others, and freely.

I am not taking away from my own success doing this, as others would have you believe when they say, “you may LOSE readers, as they may prefer the blogs you share over yours”.

Well, if that is the case, it means I need to DO better with my content rather than STOP sharing great content of others… does it not?

But hang on, I AM sharing content here, but improving it by linking to great content elsewhere because I feel MY readers deserve it. ;o)

That IS the essence of the web after all.

Lynn will be pleased lol…don’t take Lynn’s or my word for it, read the what those who use twitter say.

Who better to read than those who say what makes you “get it“, than those who say it ON twitter.

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15 Responses to “Twits on twitter”

  1. Nicely put! People who just come to twitter to only market their stuff are missing the point. Twitter is all about building community and being part of the discussion.

  2. Huh, okay, first of all I signed up for Twitter as one method of marketing my blog; just being honest here. HOWEVER, blogging to me is all about building relationships and sharing information. So, twitter is just a natural extension of what I was already doing. I’m all about the dialogue and meeting new people. Hopefully they will head over to my site, like what I have to say, and become a repeat ‘customer’, but unless they comment I wouldn’t know anyway. Bottom line, I tweet a link to my blog first thing in the morning, and the choice is up to fellow twitters to take a look see or not.

  3. Cindi says:

    Excellent tips ~ I especially liked the part about providing better content in your posts ~ very thought provoking, and the links also led to some excellent advice.

  4. Rob says:

    Absolutely Tali.

    I couldn’t agree more…
    Ok I can, I 101% agree ;o)

    Urban,

    It IS a good idea to use twiiter to “market”, but as you say using it as some extension of blogging is not “obvious marketing” to the masses.

    You hit it on the head. :o)

    Thanks.

  5. Ahem… you forgot something.

    sooo… addictive!

    I’m waiting for Twitters Anon!

    Did ya see, I want a Blackberry JUST for Twitter!!

    Great post, and very well said!

  6. dhudiburg says:

    I think Twitter is great for marketing, but it brings out the best in marketers. It’s totally opt-in and transparent. People buy from people they know and trust, what better way to build connections and trust than this powerful platform?

  7. dawntrenee says:

    Great article, nicely put.
    You can use twitter for marketing but please don’t spend all your time just posting “sales” links you will look boring and anti-social.
    This is a place for people to also get to know the person behind the “machine”

  8. Anonymous says:

    The geek in me registered with Twitter. I realised shortly afterwards that it was an invaluable tool for keeping up to date on what mattered to me. I’ve followed and “unfollowed” so many people as the technology I use and my interests change. Spammers have no place for me. They add, I remove. Simple as that. We have the power, and if we stick together they’ll go away.

    As for me, it’s a blog. Quick, simple and concise. I jot what I feel when I feel I want to jot. :o)

  9. LaTara says:

    Very good post! Enjoyed reading it. I am happy to say that I am a person who loves relating and Twitter is a perfect way for me to do just that…RELATE!

  10. Rob says:

    Cindi

    Thank you, good content is the MOST important thing I would say.

    lilith

    I did forget that! opps, yeah it can be addictive. ;o)

    “good addictive”?? or?

    dhudidbird,

    Yeah it is good for marketing….depneding on HOW you market, thats the point.
    I think it sometimes brings out the WORSE in marketers.

    Dawntrenee,

    EXACTLY. ;o)

    Anon,

    I agree. ;o)

    Latara,

    Yep, I can RELATE to that ;o)

    Thanks all for your comments, made my day. :o)

    Rob

  11. I thought it was so totally cool that, when there was an earthquake recently in California, I knew about it first before any of the news agencies because I Twitter. Then I was innundated with the Twitter spammers who were just trying to push their product/porn/marketing ideas. I ry to delete them as fast as possible, but it is just a fact of life, if there is a communication medium out there, someone will find a way to take advantage of it for their own gain. Stupid Twits!

  12. Kristin says:

    I loved her updates, I guess that’s the thing with the internet these days. We can now give birth and tell everyone how it is going.

  13. Great article! I love twitter, but at times it can be frustrating when someone just bombards you with marketing and that’s it! I don’t mind a marketing link here and there, but I like being about to interact with people as well. That’s why I twitter! TWEET. TWEET

  14. Karen Putz says:

    I absolutely love Twitter– I consider it my virtual watercooler.

    I do get annoyed by some who only post links to their blog and have nothing else to share–that gets old quick and keeps me from going to see their content.

  15. Hey Rob~

    I agree w/ you on this. Twitter is a social thing, but I see it as something else, really. You not only build relationships, but have the opportunity to learn and help others. I wouldn’t use it for anything else. I send a tweet when I update my blog, and that is my “marketing efforts.” Good post, mate!

    Peace,

    Charlie~

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