After a week of using Twitter, I thought that I’d publish my first impressions of the media. (This is NOT my conclusions about whether or not Twitter is useful as a business tool, which I’ll publish later in the month on Business and Blogging. Rather, this is a description of my initial experiences.)
1st Day – My first impression of Twitter was one of complete disorientation. I immediately recognized some familiar names, but for a minute or two, I couldn’t follow any conversations. After publishing my Twitter link on two forums and one of my blogs I have 13 followers and am following 21.
2nd Day – Today I am following 28 and have 22 followers. I have found additional twitterers to follow by looking on the profile pages of other twitterers. I asked for a post on business blogging and was sent the link to one.
I have discovered that most twitterers publish links to their blog posts on Twitter. I decide to do the same.
3rd Day – No twittering today, it’s family day.
4th Day – Today I published my Twitter address on WritingThoughts. I am folowing 34, 35 twitterers are following me. I must remember that what I say on Twitter is public.
I look through the list of those that are following me. Most of them are twitterers that I have also chosen to follow. I do see a few names that I don’t recognize. So far, I am spending about a half an hour a day on Twitter.
5th day – I have minimal Twitter use today due to my workload. Still, I now have 38 followers, 34 are following me.
6th day – I have inspired a blog post today. Grant Griffiths of Home Office Warrior publishes The twitter Tools of a Home Office Warrior in answer to one of my questions. I’m now following 48, 47 are following me.
I notice that some of my initial followers have dropped me. Presumably my tweets are too boring?
7th Day – I had a long conversation on Twitter with James Chartand of Men with Pens today. The fact that every single twitterer sees a different slice of Twitter finally sinks in. I am following 52, I have 53 followers. Tomorrow I will make the time to customize my settings.
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