There was a while there, last fall, where I lost my mojo for Twitter. I was sick of listening to people trying to be funny or clever or whatever. And I was a little tired of watching myself do it. I just wasn’t coming up with stuff to ‘say’ naturally. And I was bored by the same old, same old articles being retweeted – and the same old, same old people being pimped out. So, I said very little…for a bit. (and you can only imagine how this pained me)
It was like those days when you’re sick of every single song on the radio and you wonder if there will ever be a new song that thrills every cell in your body again.
It was like I’d been dancing my ass off at the hoedown and then I just had to sit a few out. In the corner, at a table in the shadows, with my tall glass of lemonade, just watching everyone else.
And then, one day, I decided to step back into my cowboy boots and saunter back out to the dance floor again.
And, well, I’m just so glad I did. Talking, sharing, listening – they’ve brought the Twitter goods over the last few months, including:
- A regular guest spot on Copyblogger.
- Connecting with some stellar people like Jonathan Fields and Kelly Diels.
- Much fruition for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo social media campaign.
- Work, work and more work – client work, that is.
- (p.s. this is not meant to be boastful, just providing statistical data).
But the thing that made me want to write about Twitter today, is this: I’m working on a mega big project for an incredible company called FlexPaths (we’re creating a flexible work revolution, totally kicks ass, just you wait, links to come) that involves a ginormous federal government contract. And I was tasked with finding a Drupal team of developers to handle some overtly complicated, customized, specialized web development. And it was a down-to-the-wire task, mind you.
Here’s what went down…
- 4:30 pm EST: I tweeted, “Does anyone know of a GOOD Drupal development team? Huge project, ongoing.”
- 4:32 pm EST: My friend, @ron_miller retweeted my tweet.
- 4:35 pm EST: Ron’s trusted friend and colleague, @Robert_Rose responded to both of us with, “Talk to Michael Weiss at @Imagistic – they are top-notch and do great work.” (or something awfully close to that)
- 4:36 pm EST: I followed @Imagistic and jumped in my car to head home.
- 4:45 pm EST: Michael Weiss, CEO of Imagistic, DM’d me: “Would love to hear about the project. Call me: (818) 706-9100”.
- 4:46 EST: I called him, loved him, gave him the run down and emailed him specs. We set a meeting with his team for 7:30 that night.
- 5:00 – 7:30 I was a mom.
- 7:30 Met with the Imagistic team in CA via phone to walk them through the project specs. They were brilliant, asked great questions…they made me laugh and (more importantly) laughed at my jokes, (for which they got massive piles of bonus points).
Saturday Morning – Sunday Night
- Woke up to their proposal/estimate for the work.
- Fielded negotiations between Imagistic and FlexPaths.
- Had a signed contract.
Two weeks later
- Imagistic did a phenomenal job and is on tap for phase 2 of the project. They are partners for life as far as I’m concerned, my go-to guys for Drupal/Web development and more…and the FlexPaths team is happy, happy and beyond happy.
And that, my friends, is the end – or more aptly the beginning – of this Twitter love story.
Image credit: .imelda (and fyi, don’t search for squaredancing images on Creative Commons…yikes!)