After sending a Twitter tip to Blogging Bistro, Laura asked me to expand on it in a guest post. I am happy to do so, and I welcome your feedback.
- Do you feel like Twitter is a time waster?
- How do you make the most of your account?
Most Twitter users are information disseminators, but they don’t take much time to read about their followers, connect with other users, or even to read or share other Tweets.
To set yourself apart, check out your followers and see what they’re up to. You can generally tell from the short bio if it’s worth your time to go further.
I probably don’t do this as often as I should, but the time I have spent doing this has been very beneficial for networking. One Twitter follower I received ended up to be a multi-published marriage book author and psychiatrist. (Since I am a marriage blogger and was writing a marriage book, this piqued my interest.)
Step 1: Research
I checked out his web site from his Twitter link and watched a couple of videos in which he was interviewed on major TV shows. One of his comments intrigued me, so I emailed him requesting an interview for Marriage Gems.
Step 2: Interview
He agreed, and we scheduled a 15-minute phone interview. Using some of the comments from the interview, I wrote my most successful blog post ever. It was called, “We all married the wrong person,” which went viral the day I published it.
The post reached more than 54,000 readers in four days and was featured on the WordPress page “Freshly Pressed” for several days.
The post was also republished in more languages than I could recognize in countries across the world.
Step 3: Forge Real-Life Friendships
It was an exciting experience, and it helped me to forge a friendship with the author I interviewed, Scott Haltzman, M.D. He has been extremely helpful with my new book, First Kiss to Lasting Bliss: Hope & Inspiration for Your Marriage, even providing a marvelous testimonial for it. We have discussed the possibility of partnering on projects in the future, and we’ve talked many times.
If I hadn’t been checking out my followers, I would have missed this great learning and networking opportunity, not to mention the inspiration for a great post that hundreds of people have told me changed their perspective on love and marriage.
I’d say that was a good investment of maybe 30 minutes of my time.
I’ve met other great contacts online as well through similar ways, although this one was the most dramatic.
- Who on your follower list might be an important contact?
- Are you seeking to connect with Twitter users in your industry who have meaningful things to share?
- Are you listening and reading or simply using Twitter to send out regular posts and updates?
Making real connections online will help you get the most out of a great social networking tool.
About the Author
Lori Lowe is a journalist, GenXer, and child of divorce. Her book, First Kiss to Lasting Bliss: Hope & Inspiration for Your Marriage, has just been released on Amazon.com and in various e-book formats at LoriDLowe.com.
Couples featured in the book experienced many challenges, including infertility, stranger rape, child loss, infidelity, drug addiction, unsupportive families, faith differences, military separation, life-threatening illness, raising a special-needs child, financial crises and much more.
You can also connect with Lori at www.Facebook.com/LastingBliss or on Twitter @LoriLowe.
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