Last week I wrote about meeting and connecting with people at conventions and how to do more than just “network.” During that convention, I had a chance to meet some people face to face who I had been conversing with via Twitter and online for a few months.
There is a tendency for people to communicate differently online than in person, which is to be expected, but it’s worth thinking about.
Specifically with Twitter, the tweets that are sent out say a lot about what you are trying to accomplish.
There are plenty of people who have written books about the “proper” way to use Twitter (there are some really good books out there) but I wanted to share with you my experience with Twitter, and more importantly share with you a few ways to better connect via the social platform.
First off I want to say I am no Twitter expert, but being fortunate enough to have a “following” on the platform I see a ton of mistakes happen all the time, including myself. The goal of this post is to help you learn something from my mistakes as well as things I see, sent to me on a daily basis.
I could write a dissertation on Twitter, but to keep things short and to the point, this post is just going to focus on actually connecting with people. I think everyone (outside of trolls) uses Twitter to connect with real people, not just to have a one way conversation.
Start The Conversation
If you are trying to connect with someone the best thing to do is have a “normal” conversation online. Just like you would speak to someone in person (minus the 140 character limit) is a great way to start a conversation.
The conversation may be something you both mutually like, or something you like about the content they produce, it can really be anything! If you’re trying to connect with someone with a massive audience (first I would make sure your expectations are realistic) the next best thing to do is provide some sort of value to them in your communication.
What Not To Do
Before you truly try to connect to someone with a large audience, it is worth thinking about why you are doing so. If you are contacting them because you are a fan of their work, or like something they did/didn’t do, and just want to express your excitement, that’s pretty awesome. [click to continue…]