I have been on Twitter for about 18 months. I like it. I just passed the 400 followers mark. Not a huge number but I am happy with it. It is a good way to keep score. But what is more important is when I run into people in the industry and they mention my tweets.
I know many of them follow me through my LinkedIn page. I drive all my tweets there.
I also am happy when someone deems a tweet of mine worth of a re-tweet (RT) and sends my comments to their followers.
There are some people I connect with through Twitter instead of email or the phone. We talk via Twitter. It gets to the point where we have dozens of ways to reach one another — some prefer DMing on Twitter.
I use Twitter for my first shot on breaking news. If something big happens, it hits Twitter immediately. It doesn’t replace news, but it directs it for me. I will then click through to CNN, MSNBC or FOX etc. But I do like the way Twitter is in real time.
Twitter is fun. It connects many of us.
I find that celebrities are boring on Twitter. A started out following dozens of them. Now I only follow a handful. Most have nothing to say.
I use Twitter a lot for my profession — Book Publishing. I find individuals tweeting about publishing vastly more interesting than the publishers themselves. It always feels like publishers want to sell me a book (which is true) but publishing professionals just want to talk about the industry. They give me book recommendations that I take 100% more serious than any book publishing tweet.
I like Twitter. I have kept those that I follow to 500 or less. It makes for some tough choices but I want to maintain some level of control.
If you are on Twitter — check me out at @38enso.
If you are not on Twitter — get on it. You need to know how it all works.
Twitter is one of the most important tools of today — you are missing out if not involved.