Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Do You Tweet?
At first, I thought, why bother with another online social networking tool? I was kind of at my saturation point right before I discovered Twitter. I had been on overdrive with Facebook, and then Twitter comes along to complicate my life. Honestly, I had to live off the grid for a few weeks because I was feeling a bit overexposed! Well, it's a few months later now, plenty of time to reflect, and I have formed a definite opinion between the two. There is just not enough time in the day to be a genuine devotee to both. It's not a contest, since both Twitter and FB both do different things, but for my most frequently used networking tool, I prefer Twitter.
• More direct, "clean" connections to others with similar interests
• Allows people to deliver information in a direct and succinct way (140 character limit)
• Virtually no "white noise" (no one's sending me plants or smiley faces, etc.)
• Allows you to connect with people who may deliver USEFUL, HELPFUL information in their tweets -- information which may help you gain more success and enjoyment with your artwork/business/hobby.
What's the diff?
Twitter is more about quick-hit promotion, information-sharing, opinion/feedback incubator. Which I love. Facebook is more a place to primarily connect with old friends where you can also promote your work and share information. I like that too. But, there is a time and a place for everything. As much as I love my iphone and it serves so many purposes (both utilitarian and trivial) for me, it simply cannot take the place of my day planner, no matter how many ways I have tried to make this happen. My day planner is right-to-the-point, no-nonsense, no fooling around. Ok so maybe it's a stretch, but I see similarities between that iphone conundrum and differentiating Facebook and Twitter. Somehow.
The bottom line for many people is that they don't "get" Twitter. I understand this. Twitter - and tweeting - it can be hard to wrap your head around: what it is, the benefits of doing it, the results, the connections made. And unless you are utilizing Twitter regularly, it's going to be meaningless to you. You have to use it to gain benefit. You have to dive in. It might seem like a painful commitment at first but once you get accustomed to it, you get a handle on that aspect pretty quickly, and you can set your own limits on your tweeting, which you are comfortable with, but that still make it worthwhile for you.
For me, utilizing Twitter is a more productive and sentient way to promote myself/network/share information/connect with others, in my fields of interest.
9 Benefits of Twitter for Bloggers
How To Use Twitter For Bloggers
Twitter for beginners
Growing your Twitter Presence
17 ways you can use Twitter
You're on Twitter. Now what?
What can you say in 140 characters or less in the Twitterverse?
10 Twitter Tips for Artists
Twitter For Artists Series by Art Paw:
Twitter For Artists 1:What do your Tweets Look like? (this one is pretty funny, but true)
Twitter For Artists 2: Customizing your background
Twitter For Artists 3: Creating your Background