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 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.


Susie Bowie said...

Excellent post! It gets addicting and I'm finding that it's a great way to listen to what others are doing. There are so many good ideas out there...keeps me current!

Connection Maven said...

Tina, Great post and thanks for the comments on my blog, The Connection Maven Writes.

Love following the Foundation on Twitter.