Wikipedia describes Twitter as a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. I joined Twitter almost 2 years ago at I wasn’t a big fan at first. I thought it was a gimmick like 9 in every 10 new “web 2.0” service websites that I either didn’t find useful personally or couldn’t use properly because it was made with only North American or European users in mind and it would soon fade into oblivion.
After a year on Twitter I had amassed a whopping 8 tweets and 2 followers but wondered why there was still so much buzz around the service and at the urging of a few friends (mostly fellow bloggers) I decided reluctantly to put some effort into tweeting. So for the next few months I made a few updates but to my surprise I starting enjoying Twitter to the point now where it is one of my favourite social networking sites because there is great emphasis on being “social” and “networking” in the true meaning of the words.
Twitter = Social Networking
I have met and/or developed relationships with many persons on Twitter and as a serious blogger this is very important. Twitter has allowed me to extend my profile as a blogger and expose my site, brand and personality to a whole new set of readers who share my interests. My profile on Twitter slowly evolved to reflect my interests and I don’t see how I could stop using the service, thats something big to say from someone like me who grows bored of most things quite easily.
Tips for Bloggers Just starting out on Twitter
If you enjoy blogging you will enjoy Twitter
You don’t have to have a popular blog to use Twitter effectively
Be sure to upload a cool but relevant avatar
Be sincere about your interests or else tweeting will become a chore
Do not force yourself to update your twitter page
Read about and learn to use Twitter properly
try to respond to most if not all @ tweets
Do not overload your tweets with frequent links
Promote (but not spam) your Twitter page
Read the Bio of your followers and visit their blogs (if they have one)
*will insert more tips over time ^^*
My Twitter Profile
I purposefully didn’t link to my Twitter profile till now but if you like this post or share and interest in anime, Japan, Jamaica, Japanese dramas, sports, technology, movies, TV shows, figures, science or any other geeky or otaku topic feel free to follow Jamaipanese on Twitter. From my tweetcloud mash-up above you can see some on the things I tweet about.
My first tweet was “eating dinner and watching anime”, what was, is or will be yours? See you in the Twitterverse.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.