What I learned on Twitter

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Real Estate Agent with Tierra Antigua Realty AZDRE #SA581604000
http://actvra.in/HWN

I joined Twitter 10 July 2007.  Wow. I only joined Twitter because of what was posted here on Active Rain.  At that point, twitter was a place to jot down what you are doing at that very second.  So my first tweet? "hammering out an active rain post/vent"   I can't remember the gentleman who suggested we join because it was going to be HUGE! But I did, and I kept it.  I went by my nickname at first, made someone with the name for reals upset because I had it first.  So I changed Huny, to LexaHuny, to @LexaInTucson 

But did my personal tweets belong in my business? I didn't think so, so I started a business twitter, with my business name @TeamHomefront.  But I quickly realized that tweeting in business was becoming a chore, and it was a lot of spam and not a lot of conversation.  I had @joshsurridge remind me that being spammed was NOT why we all joined Twitter. So I have to thank him for bringing that to my attention. 

Which brings me to my point.  Why do people follow you on Twitter? Because you have something of value, of worth.  Your wit, your wisdom, something informative.  Not to see that you have land for sale 15 times a day. Social media only fails us when we leave out the social. It is there to help us expand our sphere, and meet people that we would not normally get to talk to every day.  Remember that in all your social media, facebook, instagram, pinterest, and blogs!

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Tierra Antigua Realty is your real estate gold mine in the Tucson Arizona area. For buying information, real estate advice, and top selling techniques, contact Lexa Montierth at 520. 405 . 2857 to setup your free consultation. I can help you reach the right decisions in regards to your real estate needs. Looking forward to meeting you!

 

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Rainmaker
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
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I am a work in progress on Twitter. I'm learning it slowly and reading posts like this is very helpful.
Sep 19, 2012 05:08 AM #8
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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Good point.  I am glad you got the hang of it.  I joined several years ago and just haven't found it that alluring.

Sep 19, 2012 05:38 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!

I have not done Twitter and will look into it.  Thanks,

 

Sep 19, 2012 05:50 AM #10
Rainer
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Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
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Lexa, i've learned that our business is about relationships. And the best kind are based on give and take, we should come from giving before we ask to get. That will keep your followers happy.
Sep 19, 2012 06:27 AM #11
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Chuck Mixon
The Keyes Company - Cutler Bay, FL
Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR

I need to get into twitter more, and for sure remember the number #1 rule "Not to much business , Have fun"

Sep 19, 2012 06:33 AM #12
Rainmaker
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RealSupport Inc. - Palatine, IL
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Well said, Lexa. So many of our blogs focus on how social media has to remain social. We experience a lot of agents who are worried about appearing unprofessional in their online image. This is understandable, but it's also important to loosen up a bit and have some fun with it. That's the way to get the interaction that you want to be having. Thanks for the reminder!

Sep 19, 2012 06:45 AM #13
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Social media only fails us when we leave out the social. - So true!

Sep 19, 2012 07:01 AM #14
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Richard Arnold
Keller Williams Realty East Valley - Tempe, AZ
Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix

I joined Twitter years ago and followed the entire Balloon Boy fiasco in real time.  Amazing to see how fast people came up with explanations, jokes, and the very next day there was a video game.  Ooo....Kay.........

I realize most business sites are simply re-tweeting each other's press releases and links to other lead capture or "pay to play" sites.

Still it's a quick way to get a reading on the PULSE of recent events - what people generally think about it.

Sep 19, 2012 07:17 AM #15
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Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC. - Salt Lake City, UT

This is great info, I've always wanted to know how to best utilize Twitter.

Sep 19, 2012 08:28 AM #16
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Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
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Lexa, we have to keep the "social" in social media. If all we do is plug our business and post listings, who's gonna want to see that?

Sep 19, 2012 10:34 AM #17
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
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Lexa I think many people have been successful using Twitter to generate business because they dont talk about it all the time everyday. You can mention it every now and then. But just don't over do. People have to remember its "SOCIAL" MEDIA. Share not Spam. There is a big difference. Thank you for the remainder.

Sep 19, 2012 01:57 PM #18
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Iris Stuart
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I have a twitter account but have not used it in my RE business yet.  I used it frequently when I was in another line of work but found it to be more hassle than it's worth.  Lately I've been reading my twitter stream more often and finding interesting articles.  So maybe its more worthwhile than I give it credit for.

Sep 19, 2012 02:54 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Morning Lexa

Have had twitter account. Took me a while to comprehend getting a message out in 150 characters. Thank God for bitly and tinyurl. I'm still learning. Have a great day

Sep 19, 2012 08:39 PM #20
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Hi Lexa.  I have around 2,000 followers on Twitter.  I haven't gotten one lead from it.  I just don't get it...                    

Sep 19, 2012 10:24 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Lexa, this is a very good point. I get kind of bored with it because I see the same thing over and over again every day.

Sep 19, 2012 11:04 PM #22
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Sharon Denning
Momentum Marketing - West Richland, WA
Marketing that gets it SOLD

I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with doing something just for google juice. I really don't care for google+ but it has major google joice so I do it. Same with twitter. If i weren't juicing I wouldn't be tweeting. Although I love their logo

Sep 19, 2012 11:44 PM #23
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Lexa. I've not gotten the idea of Twitter at all. It's there, I have an account, but who really cars what I'm doing or where I am all the time? Conversely, it seem a lot of people who do Tweet regularly regret they did...
To each their own.
Bruce

 

Sep 20, 2012 12:27 AM #24
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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
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Lexa, I really enjoy the info I get from my Twitter account, yet I go in and out of posting. I need to be more consistent with it. Thanks. 

Sep 20, 2012 04:03 AM #25
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Renee Hearne
Crye-Leike Realtors - Maumelle, AR
Realtor, CRA, CPPS, MMDP

I joined twitter but never used it. I check out facebook because most people I know are on facebook, but your post makes me want to check it out to see what I'm missiong. Thanks!

Sep 20, 2012 04:41 AM #26
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Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest

Great post, I definitely think that all the social media platfomrs out there have their strengths - while Twitter is not one I am able to really utilize to it's full extent, I do agree with everything you said in your post.

 

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