First, Baby Fish Mouth was sweeping the nation…now, it’s Twitter.
I taught a workshop yesterday, and there was, let’s just say, a less than webinized group in the audience. And as I waxed poetic about Twitter and its benefits and wonders, one gentleman kept raising his hand and repeating, “I still don’t get it! Why would I want to do this?”
Who am I to throw stones, even when I can’t think of a good reason not to engage on Twitter. But here’s the bottom line:
- It’s fast
- It’s alive – when I ask a question, I get instant responses – sometimes 50 in 10 minutes (of course, this is relative to the number of followers you have)
- People are on it all the time by phone, desktop application, web
- You can build a network at a rapid rate
- In no time you’ll have 100, 1000, 10,000 people who know you and your business that didn’t previously know about you or your business.
Why wouldn’t you do it?
To all of you who are freaked out by Twitter, I say: stop making it so difficult.
It’s just like any other networking you’ve done – you meet, you shmooze, you see if you can help each other, you file away the other person’s info, you have fun, you get good information. Sure, you have to learn some new terms and new technology – but, so far, over 5 million people have mastered it – and I’m confident you can too.
As Dawn, my good friend at Martha’s Vineyard Online put it: It’s like the golf course.
Why, yes Dawn, yes it is. A great analogy. There we all are hanging out and enjoying ourselves – we all know what we do for a living, we all know we’d love to do business together or learn from each other – but it’s secondary, it’s unspoken. And still the business gets done. Oh, and we’re spared the horrible clothes. Disclaimer: I’ve never played golf and doubt that I ever will.
The Today Show covered Twitter, and here’s what they had to say. (Of course, they had me at Jon Stewart) Oh, and I can’t believe this – but Newt Gingrich actually tweets something very interesting and apropos during the course of this video. I know, I know – you don’t have to say it. But, hey – there’s another Twitter benefit – it brings the unlikeliest people together.
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