I quit once. The learning curves seemed just to steep for the perceived benefits. I’ve been back at it for 5 weeks and I’ve been working at making it pay business dividends.
Here are a few realities that you have to work around. Twitter and twitter apps lack any real consideration for the user experience. Most apps are simply tools. People who successfully use Twitter for business purpose realize this and work around them. The majority of people Twitter for reasons other than business. Learn to detect them and avoid them. Twitter is evolving, fast and the business uses are evolving from the ways real businesspeople use it.
To twitter for business successfully you need a purpose or agenda. The idea that you should join and listen is nonsense. Listen to people talk about there cat or the peanut butter sandwich they had for lunch, no thanks. I started by interviewing business people I know who twitter and still run a successful business. You might want to check my blog post Why Businesspeople Use Twitter – Tales for the Trenches.
My approach to anything new and different is to ask these questions in sequence. Why should it warrant my attention, or what could possibly be in it for me? How does it work? How can I uniquely use it to serve my purposes?
Here are 10 valuable resources that I have discovered over the last 5 weeks. If I had found them the first time I got on Twitter, I might not have quit. Hope you find them helpful.
Twitter: How to Get Started Guide for Business People
Twitter Tips: How to Search Twitter Smarter
Twitter Tips: How and Why to Use Hashtags (#)
Twitter Tips: How to Safely Blend the Personal and the Professional
13 Tutorials & Resources for a Perfect Twitter Background
40 of the Best Twitter Brands and the People Behind Them
The 10 Users You’ll Meet on Twitter
50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business
Get Your Free Twitter Personality Test! (and those you might want to follow)
Exectweets: Find and Follow Top Business Execs on Twitter