The 140Conf was held Twitter
Here’s a great presentation I found about what you can tell your boss about how businesses can leverage twitter!
Saturday 9th May was the 29th Delhi Blogger Meet at the Maximum Store at Shahpur Jat, Delhi.
The guest was Sam Miller, author of “Delhi: Adventures of a Megacity“.
Some of the other bloggers and twitterati who landed up were Sidin Vadukut, Mayank Dhingra, Saad, Deepak Shenoy, Kishore Bhargava, his wife Jyoti, sister Mala and his son. Others also included P.Jain, Ankur Banerjee, Aayush Soni, Honeytech, and the big twitterati Vijayandra Mohanty. Some people we missed were Rajesh Lalwani, Palinn and Bhawna Sharma.
Some interesting points that got discussed were:
- A common theme that emerged was that we all seemed to be spending much more time on Twitter and neglecting our blogs. The point that emerged was that twitter was a great medium to just share links and reply to people while a blog was a better place to bring out longer thoughts that needed to be mulled and reflected over. updated: I actually quoted this US recruiting blogger who posted that twitter is a stream of thoughts and context setting is impossible. If one replies to my tweet in the next couple of hours I can get the context – later than that I am unable to figure it out. Remembered due to BombayAddict’s post on the related topic.
So Twitter is great for context free conversations.
Blogging for setting the context and presenting a cogent logical argument.
- A concern was expressed by some people that with so much virtual relationships were real world skills going to be lost – were people focusing too much on electronic medium that ‘higher’ things like reading and conversation were suffering. I disagreed with the premise, quoting Clay Shirky’s book – and saying that engagement of any level is better – than say being focused on passive consumption.
- Vimoh raised the point that medium like twitter enable him to have conversations with people on broader and deeper issues than the ones he ends up having with real world friends – which tend to be mundane. Guess I should have repeated this tweet of mine here.
- Some others shared how twitter has been a useful tool for reporting out things like earthquakes and terror attacks.
- I raised the point that tools are irrelevant beyond a point. One can move from network to network and keep connecting with the same and new connections. Sairee, a friend from Ryze network was there, and though she’s not blogging and tweeting we’re still connected via facebook.
- Sidin shared how he’s going to track the mood of the nation via twitter once the election results come up on 16th May!
I guess after that snacks and cold drinks and samosas landed up which made everybody get up and indulge in one on one and network in smaller groups.
Overall it was a fun evening.
Going back, these thoughts came to me:
gautamghosh skills a digital life builds: multi-tasking, audience analysis, meta-cognition, reflection, engagement with larger social processes
Ever since I joined Twitter, I noticed the barriers to being a card carrying A-list member of the social media club just got lower. Twitter is flattening the rules of the game.
So how do you become a power twitter user?
- Timing is everything. The earlier you were on Twitter, the earlier will your avatar show on your follower list. That means your avatar is important on Twitter. It should pique interest for people to visit your twitter page.
- Have a purposeful bio: When you follow someone and they view you on their follower page, a mouse-hover on the name shows your short bio. Make it persuasive for people to follow you. In a lot of cases I don’t follow people because that bio does not tell me anything meaningful about why I should follow them
- Reply to all your @ replies: I believe Twitter is a conversation medium more than anything else, and therefore when people @ reply to you, use not just the reply feature on twitter but also tools like TwitterFox (a Firefox plugin) or TweetDeck to track replies to you that don’t begin with @example username.
- Don’t indiscriminately follow people in the hope they follow you back. Use http://search.twitter.com for figuring out who shares your interests and then follow them. To enable people to find you make sure your tweets are relevant.
- If you have a blog, resist the temptation of using twitter solely as a medium to broadcast your updated content. If you do want to do it, create a separate account for it, like this.
What are some of the ways you have found twitter useful?
Ok, I know Twitter is the next big thing or already is the big thing in the social media scene.
Mani Karthik’s put together a list of the 50 most influential Twitter users in India, and yours truly gets ranked there at number 16!
Now there’s another list maintained by the Twitter Grader folks which enables you to list geographically the “twitter elite” of India, where again I get ranked as number 16.
However, the point in social media is not to get swayed by the big hits or big guys, but to find the most relevant for your needs in The Long Tail of blogs/twitterers/networks etc.
So forget the Elite of all India, who all are your most prefered twitter users? That’s important!
It’s been a tough 48 hours so far. 36 hours for me so far, as I only got to see the news on my mobile phone via twitter (and Facebook status messages)
Apparently I was not the only one.
The worldwide news establishment which was hungry for the news (presumably because of foreign hostages in Taj, Oberoi and Nariman Chabad house) and having no local presence in India and finally found Twitter posts on Mumbai and the blasts. They came to know of the initiatives like Mumbai help by Dina and others
Soon Twitter and Blogs became the next story after the hostages and terror attacks themselves.
Here are some I came across:
Reuters: Blogs Feed Information Frenzy
Sky News: Bloggers in Shock At Mumbai Terror
ZDNet: Knowledge is Power
ABC News: Social Media a Lifeline, Also Threat?
Telegraph UK: Mumbai Attacks: A defining moment for Citizen Journalism
Indiatimes: Twitter Arises from Mumbai Ashes