I’ve had a Twitter account for about two months. There was so much buzz about it, I figured I better check it out. That’s pretty much where it ended. I didn’t find any pressing reason to know what Ashton or Shaq were doing every hour. And I couldn’t imagine who would want to know that much about me. Basically no one in my circle was on it and I already felt like I was spending way too much time online.
However, a local newspaper article and the May Blogathon may have changed my mind.
The article featured Richard Mathiason, a businessman in my county who advises on marketing and WordPress blogs. I’m always looking to connect with people locally who are in the writing business — there don’t seem to be very many of us here. I can’t remember exactly how I found him on Twitter, maybe through his website, but I did. I sent him a message and followed him. He in turn followed me. Where this will go, I don’t know, but it was a good way to connect with someone in my industry who may need a contract writer someday. It also was a natural way to connect with someone who does their business online and whose business is all about being online. Twitter simply made sense in this instance.
Then came the Twitter party. To debrief after the May Blogathon, the participants held a Twitter party. At the appointed time, we all went to http://tweetchat.com, signed in using our Twitter accounts and typed the name of our hashtag — that’s the name we assigned our posts that were specific to the blogathon and the name of our party, for us it was #MayBlog2 — and then there we were, all together, or at least our tweets showed up all together. Each tweet we sent while signed in to Tweetchat came up with the hashtag attached, so it automatically posted in the party “room.”
The blogathon organizer, Michelle Rafter, tweeted about four questions pertaining to the event over the course of half an hour. Bloggers shared their experiences, tips and tricks — all in 140 characters or less. I made additional Twitter connections and really used it in a way that made sense to me.
Does Twitter make sense for me on a daily basis? At this point, no, but if you decide to follow me, melissasais, it’s likely I’ll be tweeting more often than ever.