You know you're addicted to Twitter when you're checking it before you check your email. Yes, that would be me, a social media addict sitting here in Elgin, IL. I'm not sure if it is getting chunks of news that is so attractive to my short attention span or that when I post a link, I get 16 hits on it so I know people not only follow me, they like my links too! This is far more rewarding that a simple blog. I never really know if people are reading the blog unless they post a comment.
I've got 11 different Twitter apps now bookmarked and have found myself thinking up more as I go along. I also admit to breaking down and purchasing a book on Twitter because I was completely overwhelmed by it when I started in late March 2009. There is Twitter Analytics, Tweet my Rank, TweetFriends, Search by location, but I really enjoy Cligs, because when I post a link, I like to track how many people are reading the same stuff I find interesting. I now have over 800 followers in 8 weeks and have tripled my website traffic, so these are astounding numbers for me. I even figured out how to post my Twitter rank on my website, and if I can do it, anyone can!
So far, my biggest weakness is following up on the direct messages from Twitter. I get so busy posting links that I forget to respond to tweets from people! And setting up a search to automatically find references to my ID really saved my sanity. I like to personally thank my clients and trying to personally thank each of my 800+ followers proved tricky until I properly set up my autoresponder. I can also unfollow anyone who unfollows me, pretty fair! But, once you get involved in it, you really can get sucked in fast. I am following a guy who posts 30+ tweets per day at least and he's the top Twitter out there. Amazing how he manages to work and text at the same time!
Follow me @jkinzle
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