What is the One Terrific Reason to Join Twitter?

Riding a road bike and wearing lycra at 6am in the morning, dodging trucks and buses doesn’t make sense to a lot of people.What is the One Terrific Reason to Join Twitter

Swimming 40 laps in cold water just to feel alive is often avoided by most because it seems slightly masochistic.

Jumping out of planes at 5,000 metres to enjoy a 60 second thrill is only done by a few because for most it is categorized as insanity.

As outsiders looking in many activities may seem strange, obscure and to be avoided.

Some say it makes sense to pursue these activities because it feels great when you stop and others say it is about the long term benefits.

Why Twitter is Misunderstood

Twitter is a social media channel that does not make sense for a lot of people.

Why be limited to 140 characters when on Facebook or your blog you can write 500 words. Why only use text on Twitter when on Facebook you can embed a video or post an image to share with your friends.

So why tweet when you can Facebook? Why would you want to tweet about useless twaddle to a world that isn’t listening and doesn’t care about your favourite breakfast cereal.

At most dinner parties when discussions turn to social media , Facebook is understood and appreciated but Twitter ends up in the “Why?” category as the misunderstood poor second cousin.

A Global Reason To Use Twitter

We now reside and engage on a planet where 2 billion people have connections to the web and over 5 billion have mobile phones. On this web we share and socialize with friends and family. We also socialize online with complete strangers in foreign lands.

Why do we socialize and share with complete strangers online?

Have you ever joined a group because you you loved cars, photography or painting?  When you turned up for the first time did you feel that you belonged and said “This is my tribe!”

Twitter can connect you to a global tribe of people with similar interests and passions. It can provide a world wide community where the creativity and ideas flow in real time and inspire you to be the best and to learn at a level that your local school could never do.

When you communicate you can do it privately in a direct message (DM) or you can share it publicly your thoughts, findings and links via an open tweet.

Twitter connects you to a global world of hyper specialization that many do not even know exists. This is a world where niches become micro niches that you will not find in your local town.

How do you Find your Hyper Specialized Twitter Tribe?

There are many ways to discover your global tribe.

Here are 4 steps to find your tribe that I have found useful.

  1. Perform a Google search for bloggers in your area of speciality and find the top ranked bloggers
  2. Search for the bloggers Twitter name
  3. Enter that name into the online tool Tweepi.com and find the bloggers Twitter followers
  4. Follow their Twitter followers using Tweepi

The law of reciprocation will do the rest as some of those you followed will follow you back. It is similar to “Friending” people on Facebook.

You can then sit on the sidelines and watch the public stream of people in your new tribe as conversations and links pass by in real time and as it happens.

Over time as you make connections and share your own thoughts and findings this virtual world will produce real face to face meetings that will open doors and  provide global opportunities.

This wasn’t possible 5 years ago!

How do you find and build your global Twitter tribe? Look forward to hearing your story.

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Comments

  • http://www.gossipism.com.au Dexter Eugenio

    one terrific reason?

    corporates are listening. 

    call them out, and more often than not, they’ll respond.  I blogged about this personally and my post is literally once of thousands where a tweet is sent and the seemingly “untouchables” reply back with a response, a solution or a work around.

    power to the tweeple!  (can i copywrite that?)

    :)

    • Maggie Murphy

      See! This is exactly what I love ’bout Twitter. via @jeffbullas I met @gossipism. (Now following your tweets/blogs) So far just quick skim of your blogs – very interesting/informative – will look forward to following and learning more.  Thanks :) Maggie  @HeartAGlow:twitter

  • Anigam

    thanks for sharing this nice post….

  • http://twitter.com/susan_silver Susan Silver

    Great advice, I’ve been on the Twitter bandwagon for two years. It has helped me grow a network of professional contacts all over the world! Plus, it is the must fun I have during my day :) 

  • http://twitter.com/JRogier Julie Rogier

    Yes, amen and all that to a great post. I am a total Twitter enthusiast.  One of the more powerful tools to connect, relate, engage and converse with relevant folks is twiangulate.com.  It’s much the same as you describe above – enter the Twitter handles of two or three active Tweeps in your space, and follow those followers in common. Then start engaging, and you know, be SOCIAL

  • Dainis Graveris

    If you can get on Twitter and become part of community you will absolutely love it and feel high leverage it can provide! Good points, Jeff! It’s interesting how even now with huge Twitter popularity – it is often misunderstood!

  • http://twitter.com/judymsnow Judy Snow

    As a generalist, newshound, and listener who began using Twitter just a few short months ago, I find it a constant source of interesting people and fresh ideas. One of my favorite finds is social media blogger @jeffbullas!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Judy :)

  • http://personablemedia.com/ Heath Rost

    An awesome write-up. I love and appreciate your worldly perspective as well Jeff. Will definitely be back for more of your writing.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Glad you enjoyed it Heath :)

  • Margarita Valverde

    Every little thing you share is so usefull. Really enjoy reading you. Thank you so much :)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Margarita. Glad to hear that you find the blog useful!