Not on Twitter? You’re missing some cool stuff.
As a UsedEverywhere newbie, I get a lot of questions about my job from friends and family. I explain that I’m one of two Social Media and Community Coordinators at the Used.ca offices in Victoria, and that we have a whole bunch of local online marketplace sites such as UsedVictoria.com. Usually the second question is, “So what do you actually do?” I talk about helping with some promotions/marketing/PR initiatives, blogging, Facebooking and Tweeting.
“Twitter, eh?” Confused face.
Twitter is way past the Early Adopters stage of development, but I hear a lot of people still saying they “don’t get Twitter.” Twitter is great for short, concise status updates but if all you’re using it for is to tell the Twitterverse that you just finished making quesadillas/blueberry muffins/Mr Noodles with your cat, well it’s going to get boring very quickly.
I like Twitter because it’s a great way to generate discussion and share things that I find interesting, while giving me access to things that the people I follow find interesting. What it comes down to is really that it provides a platform to stay informed and learn, and who doesn’t love learning? There’s so much cool stuff on the web, a lot of times it’s just a matter of finding it. In addition, it’s being considered as a great tool for keeping epidemics under control, along with other more practical uses. A little bit awesome? I’d say so.
For me personally, the people I follow on Twitter reflect my both my personal and professional interests, everything from fashion and sustainability to business, advertising and of course, social media.
I’ve compiled a list of some of cool Twitter resources (whether you’re brand-spanking-new or an old pro) as well as awesome things that we post on our Twitter feed @UsedEverywhere ! This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but I thought I’d give you all a taste of the Twitterverse from my perspective. Just don’t get too good and don’t take over my job, please!
- Brand new? A link from the Holy Grail of Social Media, Mashable.com: What Is Twitter? Watch the video – Twitter in Plain English
- A Little lost? Head to Twitter’s Help Center and click “Twitter Basics.” The list of topics is exhaustive; and don’t tell anyone, but it’s how I learned!
- Been around for a while? Awesome, but could you explain it to your parents?
- Think you’re funny? Mashable’s list of the funniest Twitter users. Prepare to laugh and maybe even be offended a little.
- An old pro? Check out some of the recent posts from the lovely people at Used.ca. What do we like to talk about? Chairs made out of suitcases, everyday objects coming alive, new zodiac signs and the 3D craze. That’s right, not only online marketplace stuff!!
creative commons image courtesy of eurleif