Twitter. I have to admit, I never thought I would be a big tweeter. Until early in 2012, I didn't understand how it worked. A bit embarrased to admit this, but I know I am not alone. I had no idea what a hashtag was, and didn't know how to follow people or how to be followed. Mentions? Are you kidding me? What did that mean? Direct Tweets? Again- no clue. I was using so many other social media tools, where would I have time for Twitter? Facebook and Linkedin were the sites I knew and used most.
Linkedin. I could 10 years ago, and can still say today that I have met or talked to most all of my contacts. I am proud of that. I was a fairly early adopter to Linkedin and understand its power. As a recruiter, as much as I get frustrated with the tool, it is simply something I can't live without. It was and is my business black book. I have spent the past decade building my network.
Facebook, that is my personal space. Family pictures, what is going on in my life. I know where to draw the lines of what is appropriate to post and what is not. You will hear my rants about college and professional football, and Major League Baseball, but I won't be inappropriate.
So again, where does Twitter fit in? Over the past year I have fallen in love with Twitter. I can't believe I haven't adopted this tool sooner. Personal Branding. This is where the business blackbook meets your interests. It can be about whatever you want it to be. I love networking with other HR and recruiting professionals. You may love hearing about the stock market from the richest and most wealthy and start following them. You can get information quicker and in the format you want it. The best thing about it? It is a giving tree. 24 hours of information. It is like watching CNN tailored just to you and what you want to hear about.
What have I learned over the past year? It is ALL about Direct Tweets, Hashtags, Mentions! I scratch your back, you scratch mine. It is the napster of writing. Information at your fingertips and sharing with alike minds.
Sold. Hook line and sinker. This is the real deal. If you haven't bought into it yet, you are missing out. I am learning though, to get it's full effect it takes time. Read, write interesting information, share- repeat. Amazing!
So- I am just getting started. A year into it I have 480 folllowers, not great, but I had to start somewhere. It has been exhausting, but I am gaining momentum. My goal for this year is to double that and then double it again and again. So I truly want to hear how the early adopters did it and what they have learned along the way.
I am writing this to talk about my quest. My quest for 1,000 followers. I will write blogs quarterly marking my progress. I hope to share not only my information, but industry news and trends that people will find interesting and thought provoking. This is not for self promotion, but I would like to be a guinea pig and chronicle progress and hopefully guide others along the way through experience and conversations with super tweeters.
I would love to hear how you developed your following. Please share comments down below if you are a super tweeter. Tom Bolt, Recruiting Animal, Jeff Bullas, Greg Savage- I have learned so much from your tweets. Others, join me in my quest. We can do it together. Send me a tweet, let's get this thing started! @WThomsonJr