I’ve spent the last couple months working at developing my social media presence including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. For some reason I have found Twitter pretty interesting and fun and am still discovering some of the cool things it can be used for.
I’m glad to have found Twellow which helped me to find like-minded people on Twitter and connect with them. Of course, using HootSuite has been instrumental in enabling me to schedule some of the messages I’d like to send out. I turn my TweetDeck on a couple times a day to check if any info of interest has appeared that I might retweet or learn from. Direct messages come right in to my phone so I’m able to respond to those who are actually communicating with ME, not the masses.
I’ve learned about a few bots that, when followed, can provide some handy services. For example, by following ‘timer’ I am able to set up timed reminders. With the ‘t411’ bot, I can get access to a map of whatever city or town I want. I’m also going to give ‘twanslate’ a try, just to see how accurate it is for translating the odd phrase into English. Before I go away for the weekend, I’ll try out ‘forecast’ to see what the weather is doing at my destination.
My friend tells me not to waste too much time on Twitter. And, in truth, it may seem like a waste of time (I’m exploring the ROI at the moment) but I really don’t spend much time on Twitter. Maybe an hour a day at the most. And for that investment of time, I’ve learned a TON about search engine optimization, social media and writing from the links that people have shared. So far it seems worth it.