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May 21, 2008

"Twitter" - The Rules of Engagement

Grant Griffiths of Home Office Warrior, Blog for Profit, G2WebMedia and Home Office Lawyer has taken the time to write a very informative piece called, Twitter - The Rules of Engagement.  It is a worthwhile read, candid, to help you decide if Twitter is a tool you should add to your arsenal of networking/marketing tools.

Some rules to consider:

Key rules of engagement you should strive to follow.

  • Add something to the conversation. Don’t tweet just for the thrill of posting something.
  • Giving is better than receiving. Don’t start out expecting to receive right away. Be willing to give before you receive.
  • Network with the “thought leaders” and “opinion shapers” within your niche or industry. In twitter terms, follow them and watch what they are doing and reading.
  • Don’t be afraid to join in on a conversation. If you have something to add, say it.
  • Don’t over do it on tweeting on a particular topic. If you have a lot to say, do a blog post and use twitter to pint to the post.
  • Do share with your followers what you are reading and include a link to the article or blog post.
  • Do use tinyURL or is.gd when you post a link
  • Do continue a conversation with someone “off twitter” by email or other communication methods.
  • Don’t post about what you had for lunch or the fact your toddler pooped in the potty.
  • Don’t feel like you have to follow everyone who follows you and don’t follow everyone, you only have so much time. (I generally don’t follow someone unless they provide a link to their own blog. And I don’t follow someone that has a large number of those they are following compared to the number of followers.)
  • Do use the block feature in twitter. That is your right as a tweeter.

    Twitter is just a tool…nothing more, nothing less.

  • I can describe my experiences to date:  Phenomenal.  Why?  Because it is casual, quick and provides instant connectivity with people you surely would never meet otherwise.  Since I've started tweeting I have connected with marketing legends, CEOs, legal up and comers, social media gurus, blogging experts and more and this has led to business connections, faculty for Solo Practice University, and in-person meetings.  The best is the 'online to offline' relationships.

    If you want to follow me on Twitter you can do so at: http://twitter.com/scartierliebel.  If you want to follow Grant you can do so at:  http://twitter.com/grantgriffiths. And if you want to follow David Carson, Solo Practice University's technological genius go to: http://twitter.com/davidtcarson.   

    Have fun. Network. Keep your eyes open for opportunities and watch what happens.

    If you are already on Twitter and have a great Twitter story, please share it here.

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