Friday, January 9, 2009

To Tweet, or Not to Tweet?

I'm a social networker going back to the days when you had to schmooze with people in person!
I like the parties and perks of a first rate confab like TED, TechCrunch50 and DEMO.

My favorite-- a uniquely no-holds-barred gathering:
The Nantucket Conference on Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Still there's great value in the immediacy and fascile broad reach of online social media:

  • I've been active on LinkedIn for years and am a HUGE proponent.
    See my profile:

  • Increasingly see Facebook as something that's moving beyond personal networking toward professional networking.

  • A battery of my friends in the PR biz are hot for Twitter... but I'm not fully convinced that
    I have the time to be able to track the comings and goings of all the people I'd like to follow.

If Tweet is a revolutionary media development, one wonders what the great communicators would tweet about....

@BARD: "Something rotten here at my pub in Stratford"

To Tweet, Or Not to Tweet? That is the question.

Renee Lemley just put up a very interesting post on her GrayMatterMinute blog entitled
The Perfect Social Media Trifecta: Have you found yours? in which she reveals her preference for/use of Facebook/LinkedIn, and Twitter?

I may be convinced to Tweet yet!
What do you think? Let me know.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. And as an English major, I particularly enjoyed the take thou tooketh on this.
    OF COURSE I think you should jump into Twitter. BUT I also say using TweetDeck is KEY to being able to properly (and more easily) track your conversations. If you benefit from LI...well, I'm going to go out on a limb here...I think I can GUARANTEE* (Yes, Guarantee!) that you'll find value in twitter IF you:

    1.) Properly customize your twitter homepage
    2.) Find the right people to follow
    3.) Engage in the conversation using proper twetiquette
    4.) Give it 3 months of earnest effort
    And "This above all...
    5.) To thine own self be true"

    So. What sayeth you now, my good Mr. Rafter?
    I say: "Nothing can come of nothing."

    I hope you'll make @usegraymatter your very first follow. I will follow you right back.


    *Offer valid for 30 days. One guarantee per tweeter. Does not apply if tweeter uses autoDMs, bots or broadcasts spam. Must be over 18 to qualify because that's always something you see in these kinds of disclaimers.


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