If you haven’t discovered Twitter yet, you’re missing out.
I know what you’re thinking: it’s yet another pesky online service like Facebook and LinkedIn and Ecademy, all swallowing up my valuable time.
Well, it’s not. Twitter is:
Fast – it’s a lot like text messaging.
Frugal – it won’t eat up your day.
Free – yup, it won’t cost you a penny.
So, what’s it all about? Well, think of it as being a bit like sending a text message to as many people as you want. Each ‘tweet’ is only 140 characters long, like a text message.
And who gets these messages? They’re your ‘followers’: people who choose to hear what you’ve got to say.
This means two big things:
- You can follow people who you find interesting – it’s a great way to pick up information fast, without wading through buckets of unwanted stuff.
- And you can market yourself very effectively by building up an audience of followers (they’re a bit like subscribers to a newsletter: in this case, a very short newsletter indeed).
You can sign up and play around at twitter.com.
And when you do, here are ten of our favourite tweeters for small business – try following them and you’ll not only get a great idea of what Twitter’s all about, but you’ll also pick up great help for your business too!
Ten Top Tweeters to Tail
Yup! Of course Microsoft’s Small Business Centre is here!
Bags of snappy advice from The Small Company Blog
Yup. He’s here!
An endless stream of one-line business advice
Owner of the SmallBizBlog blog and podcast
Legendary speaker, trainer and youth advocate
Michelle Dewberry, Winner of the Apprentice, now owner of Chiconomise.com
Yup, Dragons do Twitter too (although Duncs hasn’t quite figured it all out yet…)
The Financial Times’ management blog
Tower’s namesake and celebrity wig-wearer