Archive for March, 2009

140 Spaces Worth of Words

Another day in the Twitter trenches is over. I have many new followers. Today’s total is 328, but I’m still not exactly sure why. I just keep getting emails  saying that I have a new follower. I try to write little notes to them saying “thank you”, but it’s too difficult to keep up with it all. I’ve made a few connections with people in the form of direct messages, but there’s never really a chat, only 140 spaces worth of words.

I keep asking myself, what it takes to be interesting on twitter? I asked my Peeps or Tweeps  but no one answered. I guess because they’re not really my Peeps or Tweeps yet. I haven’t earned their interest. Most of the people following me are only following me to grow their own list of followers. I’m not having fun yet, probably because I spend most of my time thinking of something clever or meaningful to say in only 140 spaces. I feel like I’m at a really, really big party and I’m the only person not drinking.

Three things I learned about twitter today

1. It’s who you know.

2. It’s  like high school.

3. It’s nice to have followers, but nicer to have friends.

I began my twitter adventure yesterday. I read a blog post that said if you follow 12 well known people on twitter, you’ll attract many followers.

I was curious and I wanted to try it.

It works. When you follow a well known person, or have them on your list of friends, their “famous” name appears at the top of your twitter feed for a moment and it looks like you are friends with them.

Followers of that person think you might be important and they decide to follow you too.

After becoming a follower of the chosen 12, I found a list someone had posted that had names of 249 people who would follow you back if you followed them. On this list were people like Obama, Nasa, Starbucks and Guy Kawasaki. I clicked on a few of them to follow and right away I got several  auto- responder emails informing me that they’d be following me too. I think there is some sort of contest going on to see who can get the most followers.

I was feeling lucky, so I registered for a site called ifollow where 700 people will follow you if you follow them. I was on fire!

I clicked on about 20 new friends and waited.

It felt a little like the popularity contests in high school used to feel to me, as I clicked on the names I thought “please follow me too.”

I realized this was not mentally healthy for me but I was hooked.

Then, after trying to read many (7) of my new followers profiles to decide if I wanted to follow them, and sending “thank you for the follow” messages to many of them, I gave up. It was a bigger job than I had expected.

I stopped to eat some pizza with my daughter and realized that in my robotic  “get more followers” frenzy, I had forgotten that I was on a low carb diet.

I knew at that moment, after the pizza was gone of course, that things had gone too far. I was in over my head.

My mailbox, that I had so painstakingly emptied last week when I was in my  GTD “getting things done” mode, was filled with over 150 emails from people who were following me. I realized that I didn’t know any of them.

None of my friends use twitter. They’re all on Facebook. I know that I’ll meet some fabulous people on twitter, but I’m not sure how long it will take me to get to know them. To relax, I logged on to my Facebook page and talked to some old friends. The world seemed  somehow slower, calm and peaceful there.

What are your experiences with twitter?

Does anyone have any tips for me?

Is there a better way of managing my tweets?

Should I increase my meds?

Today I learned how to Twitter

Today I spent some time, more than I want to admit, learning how to use Twitter. Well, there isn’t much to learn at first, because you can only type in 140 characters or spaces for your messages. I think the point is to keep everyone in the world updated on your life at any given moment.I keep reading that it’s very important to have a twitter account if you have a business because thousands of people are twittering every day and it’s an easy way to connect with them.

So, a couple of  weeks ago I registered on the twitter website: www.twitter.com but then I got a little disappointed because I didn’t have anyone to follow and far worse than that, I thought that no one would want to follow me. No one I know in Germany uses twitter. No one I know is even the least bit interested in it. I felt so alone…

Then, this morning I read a post by Krish on www.bloggertalkz.com called 12 People to Follow and Go Viral On Twitter. The list of the 12 people was originally from Darin Rowse who writes www.twitip.com, http://www.problogger.net and www.digital-photography-school.com.

Well, amazingly enough after deciding to follow those 12 people,  in a matter of hours I was following 39 people and better yet, 27 were following me!

I’m still not sure what it’s good for, but I feel like I’ve got my little wings now.

Three websites to make your life more efficient

I just found a helpful blog called www.makeuseof.com . There are lots of cheat sheets you can download with shortcuts for different applications and a new Big Book of iTunes, a tutorial, which I’ve downloaded but haven’t read yet. There is so much stuff to learn. I’m beginning to feel like a kid at Disneyland. So many rides and so little time ride on all of them. I think I’ll need an annual pass.

Another blog I like is www.lifehack.org I think if you read this site in combination with www.zenhabits.com and you’ve got a few bases covered.

The urban dictionary www.urbandictionary.com describes Lifehack as

lifehack
A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or more efficient.
Web sites now exist, where lifehacker (followers of the movement) can trade lifehacks – suggestions on how to reduce chaos and make their lives more enjoyable.

Obama Fingers

 

Genius Marketing Idea

Genius Marketing Idea

 A store in Germany is selling these this week. 

I’d like to meet the person who thought up this genius idea.

I’m Getting Things Done.

I’m not a geek, but I’d really love to be one. I have a warm place in my heart for people who can wrap their minds around all of the new technology that is being developed for the internet. I love how so many people share the cool stuff they know with the world.

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been reading blogs about blogging,blogs about writing, blogs about blogging and writing, blogs about blogs that talk about blogging and writing, blogs about Getting Things Done GTD, well, basically trying to accelerate my learning about blogging and productivity. I realize that I’ll need 2 or  more lifetimes to get through is all.

I’ve tried out different online apps for GTD, the hipster version and my own paper version. I’m trying to figure out what the best way to go is for my lifestyle.(what lifestyle??) David Allen says it takes 2 years to really get it. I’m hoping to shorten the learning curve.

But back to blogging. I’ve found a few blogs that are my favorites: ZenHabits.net,  Lifehacker.com, mashable.com, Lifehack.org, become a blogger.com, 43folders.com, freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com, http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/. They’re not in any particular order.

I’ve figured out how to download the google reader and susbcribe to them. My daughter would say: “Aren’t you special!”

Now the problem is just finding the time to read all of the articles. I suppose I’ll make it a project, make a folder for it and put it on my next actions list. The project is now called:

Scan my favorite blogs.


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