I hope you will excuse the break in format this week but I gave my friends a week off from answering my questions for the holiday.
I'd like to take this pondering time to reflect of tweeting my 50,000th tweet this week and what I have learned in the past year or so. I initially started tweeting so I could share photos to The Daily Shoot which only accepted tweeted photos. It took quite a few tries to get the @ and the # correctly for the tweet as they request a certain format and I had no idea what the @ and # even meant. It kinda made me go #*@ but I finally got it correct.
Then awhile later, I started a job that I needed to learn about Twitter for so I began tweeting from my @Pegsta1 account to learn the basics of Twitter which was fun! I learned many things:
- The rules of social media are the same as the rules for social in everyday life. Say please and thank you.
- Not everyone is going to like everyone else and that's ok. Just don't be a jerk.
- Asking questions is always a good thing!
- As in life, there is always someone who knows more and less than you. Be respectful of both.
- Sharing is very important.
- Give proper credit for tweets, blogs or any intellectual property. Having people steal your phrases or concepts is not cool.
- If you meet someone new & you like them, follow them then. They might get lost otherwise.
- Clicking a share button or two is great but if you like a blog, please comment for the blogger. They really do want to know what you think!
The biggest gift to me that Twitter brought is that I have made amazing friends through Twitter. I work at home and when I first started on Twitter, I really missed having coworkers, people to chat with during a break etc. Once I started connecting with people, I always had someone to ask a question or just say hi to each morning. It has made a huge difference in my job satisfaction working at home.
I have been lucky enough to attend conferences and tweetups in Chicago, Boston, New York City and Hudson Valley. I have met friends from California, Florida, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Milwaukee, Massachusetts and most recently: New Hampshire, which is were I live.
I recently launched a new business with a Twitter friend who lives in another state and work with many Twitter friends on our collaborative blogging project at 12 Most. And I co-host #MyBookClub once a month which is on Twitter and have met many fantastic authors, learned from each of their books, their interactions with me and the live chat which I love!
It has been an amazing year and a really fantastic first 50,000 tweets for me. I would officially like to thank YOU for your part in my first year! I appreciate you a lot!