This is a Guest Post by Aaron Asay. He can be found blogging at AaronAsay.com.
Little did I know in November of 2007, when I signed up for Twitter, that I wouldn’t love it completely until January of 2009! Wish there was some kind of stock I could have purchased back then in the early days… Hmm.
In the last couple of days, I have seen more growth in my Twitterness than ever before. I am really starting to “connect” with others who do the same things that I do. I heard it said once:
“Facebook is for those you used to know, Twitter is for those who you will know.”
So true! I have been asking relevant questions, and getting relevant answers.
To some, this may seem silly, or unneeded – but to me, so valuable! I am that guy who wants to network with other people in town, especially those who are excited to get together and talk about what we’re doing in ministry – meetings like this would only help us sharpen each other with what we already know!
Sounds common right? Not so fast my friend! I’m the only Tech Director in town, at least for a Church, Full-Time – and since we’re sort-of leading the way in new technology, the only time I network with other Churches is when they need something from me… Rarely do I glean much from them – but I try!
That’s the value of Twitter, it’s my way of getting out in the world, and connecting with some very powerful people, who I would have never known otherwise…
Here’s three tips for diving deeper into Twitter so you can make it work for you!
- Start Twittering. Even if you’re on Twitter, that doesn’t mean that you’re really doing your part. See – if you want to get results, you’ve got to be part of the answer for someone else. Simply just sharing what you did for lunch isn’t enough – you’ve got to share what’s going on in your industry, field or profession – this helps relevant people find you!
- Search, Search, Search. Want to find someone who’s having trouble with their Yamaha M7 Digital board? Search it. There’s gotta be a reference out there somewhere. One of my favorites is to do a search on “Church” on Sunday morning – there’s thousands of tweets an hour! I love to read what other churches are doing from the eyes of their attendees!
- Look at your followers followers. Or your “Followings” for that matter. Look to see who’s contributing to the lives of your friends, colleagues etc… a lot can be said from what they’re saying, @replying and what they put in their profile. So easy.
So the next time you’re stuck without an answer, don’t just Google it, Twitter away!