Back in April of this year I created a Twitter account – but it didn’t come easily!
I had sat on the sidelines for a long time wondering what kind of real substance could come out of a service that only allows 140 characters per post. I even perused the Twitter FAQ more than few times still unsure what the heck it was – it’s just not an obvious sell for many who initially join in, or are considering.
Well … it’s only been 7 months or so and I must admit I am more than sold on Twitter’s ability to provide some key uses for me as a photographer and Lightroom geek:
- market my work and blog
- keep current on Lightroom tips and techniques
- poll other Twitter users for advice
- get great business news
- gain insights on new hardware and software
- learn how to build and maintain my blog
It’s strange to believe that all of this is possible with Twitter … but it most certainly is – and it doesn’t require a lot of additional effort which I think is the big misconception preventing many others from joining in on the conversation.
As a business owner myself, I don’t have time to waste on yet ANOTHER social platform … yet Twitter has been the easiest to integrate into my information flow and with less cognitive friction than most tools I use to make it through my day.
Aside from signing up for a Twitter account, which is the first step in all of this, here are some of the tools and tips I have used over the last 7 months to tame Twitter and make it a valuable photographer-centric content delivery system.
Twitter Best Practices
There are lots of resources out there that will help you become adept at using Twitter. I tend to focus on just a few because I am constrained by time.
You can also follow Darren on Twitter.
Online Resources for Getting Started
Here is a good list of articles and tools to get you going on the path to Twitter-dom.
- Twitterfeed - publish your blog directly to your feed
- TwiTip – if you only want to read one site, read this one
- The Misunderstood Uses of Twitter and Facebook: Are You a Friend, Follower or a Fool?
- 4 Constant Twitter Mistakes You Should Avoid
- 8 Ways that Twitter Can Grow Your Freelance Business
- TheLightroomLab – a must-follow for a solid Lightroom-centric Twitter feed
That does it for this round … get onboard, and when you do … look us up on Twitter under: xequals
x=photography+consulting – technology. leadership. commitment.