I’ve written about Twitter a few times. Once shortly after signing up, then once a few months later when I started to actually use it. Now that I’ve been a regular user for several months, I think it’s a great time to tell you why I really like it and why I believe some people really hate it.
But first, I’ll tell you what it is in case you don’t know.
Twitter is a social network, but it’s MUCH simpler than most others and doesn’t take hours, or days to understand. Twitter is often called “micro blogging” and you’ll understand why in a minute. Here’s how it works (very easy.) You sign up, find some people to “follow” and hopefully they’ll follow you back.
You have a little spot when you’re signed in where you can type a “blurb.” This blurb must be 140 characters or less. Those who are following you will see your blurb and that of everyone else they’re following and the same goes for you (you’ll see the recent blurbs of everyone you’re following”
That’s basically it… very simple! You can also send direct messages to users, so only you and them will see the message and you can attach the @ symbol directly before any username and that user will see that in their “replies” example (@Josh_Spaulding)
Below you can see the web interface. Notice the box under “What are you doing?” that’s where your blurb goes. Directly below that are the recent blurbs from people I’m following.
To the right you’ll see how many people I’m following and how many are following me etc.
What’s the Point?
Networking and Outsourcing! Let me give you a few examples:
Example 1. I recently needed some writing done for a new review site I put up. I took about 20 seconds to login to Twitter, post a “tweet” (blurb) letting people know what I was looking for. Within ONE minute, I had 4 people respond telling me they were ready to start writing immediately! I had all of the work completed that day!
Example 2. I recently had 2 different coding issues I needed fixed on two separate blogs of mine. Just as with example 1, I posted a tweet and within minutes had several people offer to help. I had both problems fixed in UNDER 10 MINUTES and the guy who did it didn’t even charge me because I had gotten to know him on twitter and we have developed somewhat of a friendship! Try accomplishing that with ScriptLance, RentaCoder or elsewhere!
Example 3. On MANY occasions, when tweaking the design, adverts etc. of any of my sites, I’ll go to Twitter and ask people how things look from their side. Many times it’s different in other locations, especially with ads (Geotargeting etc.) and other people use different browsers, operating systems etc. Twitter is an excellent way to get a quick opinion on something and people are typically glad to help!
Example 4. I’ve met and established several profitable JV’s via Twitter, which wouldn’t have happened otherwise! Some of the biggest names in Internet Marketing and Technology are on Twitter and it’s an EXCELLENT way to get to know them, and more importantly, for THEM to get to know YOU!
Why Some People Don’t Like It
There are alot of people who really dislike Twitter. Including some smart marketers like Andrew Hansen. Andrew’s a good guy, but I’m going to convince him that he’s wrong, it’s on my list of things to do
The reason some people don’t like Twitter, I believe, is because they don’t understand the true value. Many people are led to believe Twitter is a good traffic generator and while it can and most likely will drive some traffic, that’s not what makes it so valuable!
They create an account, start posting tweet after tweet about their new blog post, or send people to an affiliate link… they don’t establish any relationships, they simply spam it, then eventually they notice it didn’t make them any money, so they quit and tell everyone it sucks!
I’ve been actively using Twitter for several months now and if it were a waste of time you better believe I’d be writing a much different post right now!
If you’re looking for a traffic generator, there are better ways of doing it. If you’re looking for a way to improve and increase JV’s, Outsourcing and Networking in general, Twitter is where you need to be!!
If you’d like to follow me, I’m at http://www.twitter.com/Josh_Spaulding