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Garibay Soup: I talked about Tweetdeck...might as well talk Twitter

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I talked about Tweetdeck...might as well talk Twitter

I talked all about Tweetdeck yesterday, and I figured I might as well share my thoughts on why I love Twitter for {Things I Love Thursday} I have some tweeps that like the idea of twitter, but just aren't really sure where to really start. So, I thought I'd share a little about me and and twitter, how I use it, and a share a cool tutorial I found.

I am starting to look at Twitter as my own personal huge forum. I have found that most forums unfortunately come with their fair share of CATTY DRAMA. Don't get me wrong, there are many, many benefits to wonderful support of the forum communities! In fact, I have met some of my very close friends from forums, but the cattiness was too much for me. I chose to leave behind the drama, the "my way is better than your way" attitudes and venture off on my own in my little bloggity world. Visiting others' blogs and peeking into the hearts of other women that are in your shoes helps you in ways that competing women cannot. The odds of you coming to my blog, reading something that comes from my heart and arguing with that is pretty slim. Of course it happens, but NOTHING like mommy forums.

I didn't step into my full potential in this blog world until I succumbed to the over growing world of Twitter. I never fully "got it" until I saw on someone's blog Follow Me on Twitter. I clicked, I read, a light went off, and I've been Tweet-a-leeting ever since.

Here is how Twitter is my own personal forum... a forum that can't compete with any other forum, because it is every forum in 1.....
You create your own universe, or should I say twitterverse on there. You get to choose your friends, you get to choose which conversations to jump into, and you get a full range of different people. It's not just moms, it's not just dads, it's not just parents. There's old, famous, single, taken, happy, depressed, crafty, analytical. You think it, there is it. And that is what I enjoy. I follow an awesome tweep that posts sewing patterns, a tweep that posts awesome photography tutorials, tweeps that post giveaways for things you can win for free. I can post something that I need and a random stranger can come and help you out, or say a prayer for you, and you may just find your new best friend there. It is an extremely supportive community, and I have made it into what I love.

You don't feel obligated to ever have to post so much, reply to everything, because it's a constant chat room where you come and go as you please. You can make it how you want it, and that's exactly what I need in my life, a place that I can come and go as I please, without guilt, without obligation. But knowing... it's always there. I've found at first that I didn't want to follow too many people, because I didn't want to get overwhelmed, but I'm now coming to the realization that the more people that you find that you have something in common with, all the better to follow them.
You don't (and most definitely shouldn't) catch up on everything that you miss on twitter. When I log on to my Ubertwitter (on my blackberry) or get on my trusty {tweetdeck} I only go back 25 or so tweets to see the current happenings and of course check my mentions (anyone mentioning my username). If any of my people are talking something interesting or something I'd like to chime in on I will.... if not, I won't. The more people you follow, the more conversations you have an option of joining. I'm random. I tweet all kinds of stuff about my day, my frustrations, my kids, my marriage, my friends, my family, literally... everything. Do I expect people to respond to everything I say? No, but I feel like there's always someone listening, and that in itself feels pretty darn snazzy. I do try to reply to people often, comment on their happenings. Twitter is pretty dang awesome. It's something that I will always be a part of, and am happy to have it in my life.

If you are into blogging, if you are into sales, or need to promote something what better way to get the word out there about what it is you want the world to know than to tweet it? I have an RSS feeder, but to be honest, I check the blog posts of those who tweet them first. It's easy for me. I have found many new friends and new readers of my blog just by tweeting my link and what it is that I wrote about.

It's fun to go and create your own twitterverse and make it what you want it to be. It's fun to go and find your tweeps, and spend your days with them, because believe it or not that's strangely what you do.
If you're not with Twitter ~ you should be. I'm just writing this post mainly to explain how and why I am a part of Twitter. You can use it to your advantage... you can make it your social network for you business, for your sanity, for your whatever... the thing is it's your's, make it what you would want to make of it. And nothing is my universe without my husband, so I made him become a part of my twitterverse... @Eazymoney25 is my

And for the record:

Tweeple = People on twitter

Tweeps = Peeps
Twitterverse = Twitter is like a cyber universe where almost every1 is a part of
Tweetheart = Sweetheart heard this 1 today...I think it might be my favorite twitter language

And that's my thoughts on Twitter today. You make it into what you want it for. Please enjoy this tutorial I found, I think it's THE BEST I've seen yet.



Blogger Stefany said...

Good post girly!

I want to know who posts sewing tuts. Send me them! :)

August 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

GREAT post! I signed up for twitter awhile back, couldn't get the hang of it, and gave up. Now that I'm blogging, I'm giving it another try and starting to see the benefits of it. I'm still learning so this post and tutorial were just what I needed! Thanks!

August 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Patty Reiser said...

Great post on Twitter. Now you need to get the "TweetMeMMe" button on your blog so your readers can Tweet your posts.
Wishing you a scent-sational day!

August 27, 2009 at 5:01 PM  

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