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the social media’s on the wall, but who’s the fastest of them all?

By October 13, 2008How To

Facebook is festive, LinkedIn is connective, but I’ve come to realize that they meander a bit. And I’m not talking about a slow internet connection.

When you compare them to Twitter, they move like molasses. I mean them no disrespect, those other social media sites happen at the speed of, how to put this delicately…at the speed of casual networking.

In other words, ‘Oh! I think I’ll go check my Facebook.’ or ‘Cool! One person connected to me on LinkedIn this week!’ For me, it’s been like a class reunion that happens one person at a time with a nice big bang at the front and then a quick fizzle. Really fun, but not meaningful to my business.

But with Twitter? It’s blam, boom, pop, whiz…all day long.

  • Anywhere from 5 to 15 new people follow me per day
  • I find at least as many new people to follow
  • I get my news in real time (though oftentimes with some editorializing, which is fine because I hand-picked my sources the people I’m following
  • I make real connections that turn into work and opportunity every single day

This last point is the real kicker. Last week on Twitter, I…

  • was interviewed for two articles
  • had a blog post mentioned and linked to on 3 other blogs
  • got a free Epson Artisan printer and an almost free BOB stroller in exchange for blogging and social media promotion
  • made a really good friend with a woman/wife/mom in Denver who is practically my twin
  • was asked to participate in an upcoming blog/podcast series on writing
  • I successfully promoted both myself and several clients in meaningful (not spammy) ways

Not bad. I encourage you to take the plunge. Follow me, and I’ll show you the ropes. I can’t wait to see what happens this week.

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Heather says:

    blam, boom, pop, whiz?

    Twitter’s been a blast so far. Congrats on your interview! Where will it be posted?

  • Julie Roads says:

    Hi Heather…thanks! I don’t know about either of the interviews, but I will be sure to tweet about them!!

  • Lea says:

    Hey, did you ever hear from Margie Zable Fisher on the Twitter thing? I hope that was one of your interviews! Thanks for all your inspiration, as always… I can’t believe you have another Denver follower! :) Keep up your great work. I’ll forward you my spec web copy shortly…

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