Twitter. WTF?

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Twitter. WTF?

  1. Twitter. WTF? A lo-fi, hands-on show-and-tell about Oprah’s new favourite thing (this time it’s personal) www.markpollard.net www.twitter.com/markpollard
  2. For some reason, you are here (a cocktail of peer pressure, fear and curiosity?)
  3. And maybe you’re thinking... <ul><li>Isn’t Twitter for egomaniacs? </li></ul><ul><li>I seriously do not need new friends! </li></ul><ul><li>Isn’t it just Facebook – but with less stuff? </li></ul><ul><li>No one will find me interesting. </li></ul><ul><li>Does Oprah really do her own tweetage? </li></ul><ul><li>FFS what am I doing here – now? </li></ul><ul><li>Shut up about Twitter already! </li></ul>
  4. You aren’t alone
  5. Caviar-ts Perspective (not rules) Passion (not evangelism) Help (not selling)
  6. My story starts with failure (followed by an 18-month ‘break’)
  7. Then I worked out who to blame (Twitter)
  8. I'm Tweeting abt thinking abt what to Tweet abt. Or is 'Twitter' a verb too? Because, if it is, then I'm Twittering abt what to Twitter abt! What are you doing?
  9. Then, in August 2008, I changed my steez and got back into it
  10. 1. I committed (I decided to deep dive and go along for the ride)
  11. 2. I grew purpose (to be useful)
  12. 3. I went ‘real’ (real name, photo)
  13. 4. I told people what I was about (profile bio)
  14. 5. I followed friends of friends (and interesting people)
  15. 6. I followed a few mega egos (then un-followed them)
  16. 7. I shared and listened (and waited, and refreshed)
  17. 8. I measured (what was of interest, when – using Poprl and BudURL )
  18. 8 early lessons <ul><li>It takes effort </li></ul><ul><li>There is a lot of recycling </li></ul><ul><li>It can be addictive </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety feeds the beast </li></ul><ul><li>One-dimension-itis isn’t cool </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter thrives on appreciation </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection happens </li></ul>
  19. Lifestyle change 8. (the big one)
  20. The 2 best things about Twitter <ul><li>Meeting people and information exchange </li></ul>
  21. <Break> A plain English explanation
  22. 5 tools I use most Web To tweet, find people to follow, see who’s following Twitter search To find deals, product recomm’ns, like-minded people Tweetdeck To watch the stream, manage the noise and tweet Hootsuite To manage multiple accounts and set up tweets to send later Tiny Twitter To tweet from my phone
  23. RT @username RT = re-tweet This is akin to an email forward but you give public props to the person who helped you find it
  24. #hashtag A way to publicly ‘file’ your tweets
  25. #followfriday A weekly prop-a-thon where you tell people who’s worth following
  26. watching streams and backchannels Watching what people are tweeting live via websites like Monitter and Twitterfall #hashtags may help organise discussion at events, about TV shows or issues
  27. stalkernomics The business practice of online eaves-dropping and door-knocking IE If you mention a brand, don’t be surprised if they start following you... and maybe even trying to contact you directly
  28. URL shorteners http://bit.ly/xjgPu How you can take a really long URL and prevent it from using up your glorious 140 characters
  29. fakes, spammers, bots and egos on auto-pilot People who follow you and just have tweets with links to their websites People who are following tonnes of people but don’t have many updates People who pay other people to tweet for them
  30. Advice you didn’t ask for <ul><li>Find a purpose without being one-dimensional </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to giving it a go – frequently </li></ul><ul><li>Find interesting people to interact with – and interact </li></ul><ul><li>Balance sharing with responding – create if you can </li></ul><ul><li>Tune into the stream – don’t obsess about missing stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Promote your Twitter thing </li></ul><ul><li>Network off Twitter and offline </li></ul>and don’t need to agree with
  31. For some reason, you are still here (and I thank you for it) www.markpollard.net www.twitter.com/markpollard If you enjoyed the read, share it with someone in need

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