10 Lessons I’ve Learned from Twitter by Joseph Daniel
May 15, 2009, 7:15 pm
I have 1000 new friends, and 500 new stalkers. I’m no Aston Kutcher in terms of audience, but I’ve learned a few things during my six months on Twitter:
1. It’s less important to talk about what I had for breakfast, and better to respond to people about what they had.
2. People respond. In my travels, I have called out for help and had people give me directions, make restaurant suggestions, and even proposition me.
3. Businesses benefit from the direct exposure to clients, but I still see no way that Twitter can a real business plan.
4. Shaquille O’Neal (@The_Real_Shaq) is by far and away, the funniest, most authentic person on Twitter. I almost forgive him for all those victories against the Kings. He deserves all 1M of his followers and is the model for how to use this site.
5. Never trust a profile whose picture is a supermodel.
6. If you want to drive traffic to your blog, Twitter is the best tool to do so. I would have no audience beyond friends and family without it.
7. It’s less likely that you will get a personal response from anyone who has over 10,000 followers. Are you really that busy, @Obama, that you can’t DM me?
8. You’d be amazed at how many people have social media as a career.
9. The best days Twitter are when my sports contacts talk politics, my beer guys chat about music, and my friends connect through me (it took me a while to figure out #followfriday).
10. It’s not for everyone. Some people will give up on it after a week, but they will come back. Others will simply never get it, and that’s ok.
I know there is much more I can learn, but so far I’ve had fun.