Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

As a business major and a fairly sociable person, I’m big on networking. I understand it’s necessary in any industry and I rarely throw away a business card I get. That said, after two weeks of using Twitter, I’m convinced it’s the best networking tool on the web now.

And here are two examples of how Twitter rocks the networking scene:

Someone searched “Romania” on Twitter and found one of my tweets. This led to the beginning of a mini-conversation about the country. I found out that this person’s parents fled to the U.S. during communist dictator Ceauşescu’s reign and that he joined them after the revolution. Can you say potential story? And this person came to me unsolicited.

Then, last night, I’m glancing through the lists of people that my friends are following. I click on anyone that has a photo that looks like they might be a photographer. Interestingly enough, I run across a press photog that is stationed in Romania right now working on a long-term project. Something tells me that he might be helpful if we get into a bind over there.

And what was the one thing that was heavily emphasized in my breakout session at the ASMP Business Practices Seminar? Networking.

Why aren’t you on Twitter again?


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I joined Twitter last night. To those of you already on it, you’re saying, “Glad you finally joined the crowd.” To those of you who know what it is and refuse to create an account, you’re thinking, “Why would you do that?” And those of you who have never heard of Twitter are going, “What are you talking about?” (By the way, I was in the second group not too long ago. I’m what marketers call a late adopter. I know, I know, that doesn’t make me an ideal candidate for this industry, but I’ll change…eventually.)

According to Twitter’s site, it is “a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices.” Basically, people send out messages of no more than 140 characters about whatever they want. Your friends can choose to “follow you.” When this happens, your message appears in their stream of messages that they can get on their Twitter homepage or phone.

You might be wondering what convinced me to join. A good friend has been telling me repeatedly that I need to create an account. She invited me last night by telling Twitter to send a message to my phone. I decided to go for it and created an account through text messages. Here’s why I gave in:

  1. I subscribe to Will Sullivan’s Journerdism daily e-mails to keep up with current events in the journalism industry (he sends out links to interesting articles). Twitter makes an appearance at least once a week. It’s time I really understand what all the articles are about.
  2. I hope that by Twittering I can bring more attention to this site and the stories that Sommer and I hope to tell.
  3. My curiosity about this weird phenomenon got the best of me.

I was totally addicted last night. I wanted to learn the in’s and out’s of the foreign site and figure out what makes it so great and how to best utilize it. I’m still learning, but this crash course in how to effectively use new media to connect with people and drive traffic here is exactly what I need. I’m finally starting to understand what all these journalists have been talking about, and it feels great.

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