Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Twitter Plan to Take Over the World!

Okay, maybe not take over the whole planet, but possibly a small slice of the Internet. For those of you who are Twitter Virgins out there, you may need to consider joining in.

The folks at Twitter haven't quite figured out how to make money at this, but it is one very useful tool for a blogger like me and IMO anybody who does business online. Since I've begun actively participating on Twitter, I've made quite a few new friends and business contacts. My circle of influence is growing.

Here's how Twitter works:
  • Create an account at www.twitter.com
  • Make your first post - most people just type "setting up my twitter account"
  • Follow me: go to www.twitter.com/rksmythe and click on the follow button below my "ugly mug"
  • Follow MyBlogUtopia account where I list my posts and have added my Reader feed. My Reader is basically the stuff I find of interest on the Internet each day, mostly regarding ecommerce.
  • What do you talk about? Well, just share what you are doing in regards to work, family, play, your online business, hobbies, etc. Heck, I found a style coach on Twitter, well actually I just made her my style coach and she went along with it.
  • Here are some of the folks I follow, so you can get an idea what kind of stuff to write about: colderICE, andotherstuff, zappos (my twitter mentor), redINKdiary, ebayandbeyond, Biddy, Scott_Pooler, vpgames and the list goes on.
  • If you want to reply to somebody's comment than just click on the arrow under the star on the right hand side of the comment, or you can just add the @ symbol in front of their user name.
  • Try it, you may like it. I believe it is an essential tool for bloggers to connect with their readers but it can also be valuable to online sellers.

One story that illustrates the power of Twitter: I was planning to go to San Jose to visit the folks at eBay regarding changes to the site, so I decided to drive instead of fly, mainly because I wanted to test the power of Twitter. While I was sitting in traffic in LA, I tweeted (from my cell phone) that I was going to be in Santa Barbara around 7 pm and I was looking for a recommendation for dinner, I wanted Mexican food. Well, not more than 20 minutes later I got a direct message from vpgames suggesting we meet for dinner at El Paseo and he gave me directions and everything. I arrived in Santa Barbara at 7pm met with vpgames and had a great conversation over dinner.

When I arrived at eBay, several people commented on the fact I had driven and mentioned they had followed my trip on Twitter.

Twitter is a good tool for me to get up-to-date information and news and keep in touch with readers, friends, business contacts, etc. I currently have 245 followers on my main Twitter account and I'd love more.

Just my 15%

8 comments:

Stefan said...

Keep up the great Tweets bro - your Twitter followers are catching up to your Blog subscribers!

Randy's Twitter Utopia, has a nice ring to it :)

Randy Smythe said...

Stefan,

I better go get that domain name MyTwitterUtopia :)

Jim S. said...

Personally I find the 'tweets' annoying and finally ruled them to the deleted file. I apparently get yours by being subscribed to your RSS blog feed (which I do enjoy!).

Does anyone really care where you are and what you are doing at any point in the day? Sort of like having to listen to someone on their cell phone.

Randy Smythe said...

Jim, you shouldn't get my Tweets unless you are following my account on Twitter.

If you are, I need to track that down. You are right many people don't care what I'm doing during the day and shouldn't be subjected to that info unless they want to.

"One man's tweet is another man's noise"

Jim S. said...

Nope, it comes into my Outlook folder through same RSS feed as your blog entries.

Randy Smythe said...

I can't seem to duplicate that. Maybe you could unsubscribe to the feed and then subscribe again to get rid of the Tweets.

I have a couple of feeds can you email me the link

rksmythe at yahoo

Tnx

Jim S. said...

Deleted and re-subscribed. I think that did the trick. Thanks.

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