Twitter value questions

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with South East Arizona Real Estate

Are you using twitter? Does it bring you clients.? Can it work to help people who go to your website or blog ask you quick questions?

I'm fairly addicted to twitter.

I like the idea of being human on twitter. Sometimes I have small bits of info to share and am really busy with not enough time to do a full blog article. I don't have to compose a perfect well written blog full of concise data. I can talk about things other than real estate. I believe this is helpful in life and for my business. This business for me is about relationships. Relationships are created by humans. So, It makes sense to me that twitter is a good avenue. I've been doing it for only a month or so. I checked it out a year ago and didn't understand it. I think because it wasn't complicated enough. Heh heh.

I see lots of what I would consider spammers. Plenty of real estate ones. It's as though some real estate twitter folks have prewritten blogs that they post en masse and send off a tinyurl en masse to twitterers. I don't want to be one of those.

I posted on my website a widget that shows what my last tweet was ...(well I am transitioning my website so it is only on the new pages) It would be cool if people were able to ask questions directly from that widget, but all they get to do is read. However they could go on and sign up at www.twitter.com

I've also been researching this weekend about the value of followers and following on twitter. http://scobleizer.com/2008/03/23/the-secret-to-twitter/

This gentleman's blog gives a reasonable and interesting view on the value of following and how that relates to listening. Listening is key if you are in sales so for me this has value. Do you prefer followers or following.....or a hub of both?

I'd like to hear what results or experiences you have had with twitter.

To follow me on twitter I am maryannead

peace,

Mary Ann

Comments (12)

Rob Wagoner
Referral Builder LLC dba URBaCS - Noblesville, IN

I have recently started using Twitter and am having good results. I have every post from AR posted on Twitters as well. I am starting to see more people following because of it. I also was recently contactd by a Canadian company that found my company through Twitter.

Its getting better all the time.

Nov 10, 2008 01:44 AM
Anonymous
Mary Ann Ead

That's encouraging. Have you done mass following or just met people along the way? Do you have a website that you track hits on and have you seen any referrals from Twitter?

Nov 10, 2008 02:19 AM
#2
Mary Ann Ead
South East Arizona Real Estate - Douglas, AZ

oops I wasn't logged in , wonder if that matters when I respond? Anyway Rob I appreciate your help.

peace,

Nov 10, 2008 02:21 AM
Mary Ann Ead
South East Arizona Real Estate - Douglas, AZ

I found a wonderful consice blog with answers to the questions I have.

Lea's Blogging Life

Check it out. Be personal, make relationships.

peace,

Mary Ann

Nov 11, 2008 02:34 PM
Anonymous
Lea Curtes-Swenson

Mary Ann, thanks so much for the link, and your kind words. I'm glad you found my post helpful -- it's amazing how much information is out there on social media and how to use them! It's a tribute, really, to the power of social media, and to the point of their existence -- which is to help others by sharing information. Cool!

Take care, and see you on Twitter.

Lea

Nov 11, 2008 02:52 PM
#5
Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates - Middleton, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

How do you post your AR blog to twitter?

 

Nov 11, 2008 11:54 PM
Mary Ann Ead
South East Arizona Real Estate - Douglas, AZ

Ken,

In your "My Settings" there is a place to check for it and input your twitter username and password. However, it didn't function correctly for this blog post so I copied the link to it to a tinyurl.

Nov 12, 2008 01:13 AM
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

I've bookmarked this. I'm "up" on Twitter, but haven't done much with it. I'm not sure I really understand it, so I need to get with it, I guess, or be left behind.

Nov 13, 2008 02:48 PM
Mary Ann Ead
South East Arizona Real Estate - Douglas, AZ

Ann,

It's a simple social media. I didn't undertand it at first either. My son showed it to me about a year ago. I thought it wasn't complicated enough and there were not enough instructions. Can't remember what made me try it again recently. I signed up and allowed my email contacts to get imported and then chose the people who were on there that I wanted to follow. It's like mini blogging. There have been many times when I just want to say a little bit and I often get caught up in writing the "perfect" blog that I don't get it done. I've made friends and am getting exposure I am sure.

I've started a task to gain one new person to follow or follower each day so that I can get more coverage. but i don't want to get a bunch of canned spammers so I am looking at what these folks are saying before choosing who to follow and I've got some pretty groovy people on my list.

Try it, add me as a friend  username: maryannead

Peace,

Mary Ann

Nov 14, 2008 12:59 AM
Lisa Kuyath
Re/Max Southland II - Benson, NC

Mary Ann,

I signed up maybe a month ago. I have not had much time to figure it out just yet and only have a handful of followers and people I follow. I see the potential, but not sure how many people are on twitter in my market. I figure it doesn't hurt, and it will probably make sense to me at some point in time! Glad to hear there may be something to it!

LisaKuyath on twitter

Nov 14, 2008 03:20 PM
Mark Menzella
RE/Advantage - Fairfield, NJ
We build websites for REALTORS®

So can someone provide some really good examples of a twitter site that is working well.

Nov 16, 2008 10:40 AM
Chris Dowell
ReeceNichols Olathe - Olathe, KS
Dowell Family Team

I just started twitter and have found it useful. I have it on my blackberry for mobile twittering.

Nov 17, 2008 05:19 PM