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My Twitter profile!

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…]

pax-east-2014This past weekend I had the chance to go my second gaming convention (in June 2013 was E3) ever. Unless you count me going to the Nintendo World Championships in 1990 in Detroit, then this technically was my third gaming convention.

Among all of the PAX (short for Penny Arcade Expo) gaming hysteria, hype, and big budget booths remained a crowd of people who were all constantly connecting.

No matter what “crowd” you were with, everyone was connecting on some level. Fans, critics, vendors, content creators, and even cos-players were connecting on the convention floor, meeting rooms, and nearby restaurants.

A lot of people at the convention were connecting over a shared interest, most often something they both liked.

Others connected naturally and not in a creepy way. The best way to describe this type of connecting is like when two people get along very well, in a short amount of time. Sometimes you just meet people that you can instantly get along with. This was the type of connecting that was going on at this convention. [click to continue…]

In November 2013, I started a daily vlog challenge to last for 365 days..

I have been posting vlogs everyday on my YouTube channel that are 3-5 minutes long and completely unedited for better or worse.

If you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, you can do so by clicking here.

Subscribing will send you a daily notification whenever the vlog is uploaded.

Here are all of the vlogs from this past week:

Day #142 Back Yard Vlog

Day #143 Excited For PAX & New App

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Week 22 Video Blog (Vlog) Roundup

In November 2013, I started a daily vlog challenge to last for 365 days.. I have been posting vlogs everyday on my YouTube channel that are 3-5 minutes long and completely unedited for better or worse. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, you can do so by clicking here. Subscribing will send you a daily notification whenever the vlog is uploaded. Here are all of the vlogs from […]

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Lehman College Recap

This past week I had the pleasure of traveling to Bronx, NY to speak at Lehman College-CUNY. This was my first time in the Bronx and I really enjoyed my day there.  It was the first time I have really been in such a tightly packed city. It was pretty wild to see how many people […]

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Week 20 & 21 Video Blog (Vlog) Roundup

In November 2013, I started a daily vlog challenge to last for 365 days.. I have been posting vlogs everyday on my YouTube channel that are 3-5 minutes long and completely unedited for better or worse. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, you can do so by clicking here. Subscribing will send you a daily notification whenever the vlog is uploaded. Here are all of the vlogs from […]

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Week 19 Video Blog (Vlog) Roundup

In November 2013, I started a daily vlog challenge to last for 365 days.. I have been posting vlogs everyday on my YouTube channel that are 3-5 minutes long and completely unedited for better or worse. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, you can do so by clicking here. Subscribing will send you a daily notification whenever the vlog is uploaded. Here are all of the vlogs from […]

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Week 18 Video Blog (Vlog) Roundup

In November 2013, I started a daily vlog challenge to last for 365 days.. I have been posting vlogs everyday on my YouTube channel that are 3-5 minutes long and completely unedited for better or worse. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, you can do so by clicking here. Subscribing will send you a daily notification whenever the vlog is uploaded. Here are all of the vlogs from […]

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Week 17 Video Blog (Vlog) Roundup

In November 2013, I started a daily vlog challenge to last for 365 days. So far there have been 117/365 vlogs uploaded. I have been posting vlogs everyday on my YouTube channel that are 3-5 minutes long and completely unedited for better or worse. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, you can do so by clicking here. Subscribing will send you a daily notification whenever the vlog is […]

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