Monday, March 2, 2009
Should you use twitter?
Should you use twitter? In a word.. “yes”. I was probably one of the biggest skeptics when I heard about twitter. Will people stalk me? Does anyone care what I’m doing? Do I have time for this? I decided to just jump on board with it at the end of 2008, joining the 11% of online Americans using twitter Three other staff from Coastal Community Foundation are on currently and you can find us here: Christine, Edna, George, and me. All of us agree it is a great tool to connect with people on topics of interest.
Setting up an account is free and very easy to do by going to www.twitter.com. It’s important to add a description of who you are and preferably a web site before you start tweeting. (If you don’t have a web site, you could include a link to your blog, LinkedIn profile, etc). Include a picture so we can see who you are. Also, send out a couple tweets before you pick people to follow. (Hey, why not start out by following us? We’re pretty interesting!)
There are a couple things to keep in mind. You are putting information out there for the world to see. It may not be wise to announce your home will be empty for a month before you go on your travels. Also, make sure you are sharing information that people can use. The premise of twitter is “What are you doing”, but I like to think of it as “What are you doing… that people would care about?” There’s definitely a place for humor, but make sure many of your posts provide helpful content to your followers.
So, are you ready to tweet? Drop us a comment once you set up your account and let us know what you think.