I downloaded Becky Robinson’s ebook, 31 Days of Twitter Tips, shortly after it came out this summer. But summer with vacations and work crammed into the times I was here didn’t seem conducive to starting Becky’s daily tips. Settled into the fall school and work routines now, October seems like the perfect month to use the book to consider how I can enhance my Twitter practices by following her tips.
Tip 1 is about “Finding Your Why”. Clarifying why we use Twitter seems like a good place to start. I’ve been a regular user with several accounts for over three years, but it is still a great idea to step back and ask why. I haven’t stepped back and considered this in awhile. I did pause after one Twitter milestone in the post “Why I Tweet–10,000 Times!”. Some of my whys apply across my handles, others are more particular to certain accounts which I’ve noted.
- Connecting with people that have shared interests.
- Developing stronger ties with some. Sometimes that is connecting offline with someone interesting I’ve met on Twitter, other times it means following someone I’ve already met or am seeking to get to know.
- Gleaning a lot of interesting, useful information.
- Positioning our nonprofit, Social Capital Inc. (@socialcap) as a leader in our field of civic engagement.
- Increasing readership for my blogs, Cooking Chat, David B. Crowley, and Social Capital Inc.
- Sharing opportunities to participate in local community life.
- Finding new recipes.
- Following a current event in real time–be it important world news or simply a sporting event.
- Building up a general account @davidbcrowley where I tweet about a wide variety of interests, in contrast to my more targeted @socialcap and @cookingchat accounts. This has proven to be a bit of a challenge–success comes easier on social media when targeted, I’d say. Hoping to get some new ideas on this point in particular.
OK, stay tuned for more as I read and practice tips from Becky. Meanwhile, would love to hear why you tweet!