To say that Twitter is my favorite social networking tool is an understatement. What’s not to like about amazing conversations that I can join when I have time, and then put aside when the time comes, expecting all the while that more good times will follow.
I tend to think a lot about how to spread the joy of what technology can do to non-tech-obsessed people. In my experience, even very new computer users can benefit from getting involved with Twitter because it’s easy to use, and once a body gets to participatin’ it’s a great confidence builder as well.
If you like Twitter or are interested in knowing more, check out Darren Rowse (of ProBlogger fame) on the TwiTip Blog generally. This post by Dennis Goedegebuure of The Next Corneron why Twitter is what’s up in 2009 is particularly interesting for those thinking about getting started.
Social media knowhow will only become more important in workplaces of the future. Recently I began introducing novice computer-learning clients to Twitter, especially if they are looking for a job. I firmly believe that job seekers can benefit from developing their web presence, building their confidence with computers, and establishing connections with people on a regular basis.
- Networking is the obvious first mention, and you can read more about making the most of Twitter for your job search at TwiTip as well. Beyond the people you meet on Twitter, the act of establishing your web presence and having your say about topics that matter to you can be empowering and legitimize your hard earned knowledge when you are willing to share.
- Twitter can also be a basis for your web presence because it lets people get to know you, what you are about, and how you interact with others. Reading David Meerman Scott‘s new rules of finding a job led me to consider Twitter, LinkedIn, the comments you leave on other people’s blogs, and possibly Facebook as the non-tech’s answer to developing a web presence. It is pretty liberating to be able to have a web presence even if you do not have a website or blog, and it gets you out there on the web in ways that you can manage and (mostly) control.
- Participation in the public sphere (usually by working) provides adults legitimacy in many societies. Historically, that’s one reason for the various forms of resistance to women and many marginalized groups in the workplace. People are also using their Web presence to establish legitimacy–it’s a “proof is in the pudding” scenario where you can be evaluated on the quality of your contribution.
It’s getting easier to be out there as the Web matures and more software is designed to be understood by the masses. As the technological barriers to participating on the Web decrease, more people will be able to participate meaningfully in the digital sphere. I can’t wait.
Whether you are just tuning in or a long time fan, Twitter is always rolling out new tweaks to help you make the most of your tweet time if you want to participate. David Armano was even kind enough to provide a visual reference for 10 Twitter Commandments for those who don’t know how to act. Thanks!
The key to Twitter’s longevity may just be people’s willingness to show up and participate in meaningful ways. From what I see, as long as they get something out of it they will return.
Speaking of what you can get out of it, if you don’t feel like getting the RSS feed or email posts from this blog, you can follow @ChaosToClarity on Twitter instead. We tweet when a new post is up, in addition to providing useful tidbits on using computers and technology in general. Of course if you are a very busy tweeter then any given tweet can get lost in your timeline—so if you want every blog post then RSS or email delivery is still best.
So come on over to Twitter and join the conversation. You can come as you are and leave when you want to. Now that’s a party!
@JoGolden on Twitter