If you have read my blog in the past, I’m an avid user of Twitter. When friends or family ask me “What is Twitter?”, It’s a difficult question to answer most times. Twitter can be easily explained as a simple “Status Update” similar to Facebook Updates but I tend to disagree. I think it really boils down on how the person using Twitter uses it. There are some users who only use it sparingly to update the question asked by Twitter “What are you doing?” and responding by “I’m having peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch”. Other users may use it to promote their business/blog or events with direct links to a site. I definitely use it to network with like-minded individuals who share similar interest as me. It’s great if you are for example a photographer and would like to learn more about various techniques or tricks with photography. All you have to do is a search on the term “Photography” and it will list a whole bunch of users who mention photography in their tweets(Updates). You can then decide if you would like to follow certain people depending on the content or if you feel they have something of value to you. This brings me to the idea that I will introduce and hopefully takes off with this blog post. I had mentioned about using “Search” in Twitter for the use of listing specific “topics” or “terms”. The use of hashtags symbol “#” is a more specific way to do a search on a particular or obscure subject. If you notice on a any particular Twitter users(s) stream they may have a tweet like #iphone or #SXSW. The important thing to note is that the “#” is in front of the word. This is a way of tagging a tweet so that people can track a conversation or specific topic. Events and important topics usually receive a hashtag. This allows various user(s) to reply or participate in the conversation. It’s a good way to find out who is in a particular conversation. It shows who shares similar interest. It’s a fun way to meet people.
It is very true that it is easy to meet people just using Twitter for professional and non-professsional situation. I’m a social person and like to use the acronym “ICE” . ICE to me stands for Interact, Communicate and Engage. I just thought of this and it sounds pretty simple right. I believe the interaction and relationships you create online via Twitter will give more value to you if you are actively engaging or communicating via your tweets. This is where I will introduce a hashtag called #Twintro . #Twintro is a Twitter Introduction. I could have used a #twintroduction but we only have 140 characters to use and keeping the message short is key. Anyone can use this hashtag to introduce two different Twitter users that may have similar interest or might benefit from each other via virtually or in reality. The spontaneous engagement can snowball into anything which can lead to lasting relationships or a greater network. I’m not a social media expert but the simplicity of this evolved when I introduced two people who had a similar interest in Fashion. The instant surprise and interaction between both members was quite liberating for both including myself for the introduction. So I’m hoping you start using the #twintro in your tweets!
You heard it here first! So give it a try! I will update you and see how this goes.