Making the Most of Twitter:
Do you know your way around twitter? Despite the fact that I tweet a lot, if I’m honest I am no expert in how to make the most of my twitter experience. I first started to use twitter when I was home-alone and watching TV, just as a way to find out what other people though of the show. Now, in an attempt to make the most of social media I try to be little more focussed.
I follow people based on my own idea of what might work for me.
- People who I know I find interesting
- Business contacts
- Local societies and organisations
- Organisations that I think might be useful on my travels
It works for me, in a manner of speaking. I needed someone to come and do some work for me the other day and, in some desperation, tweeted to @thisiswalworth. I’ve never met @thisiswalworth, but found the account when I first moved here, along with a few others, by using #SE17 #Kennington #Walworth. To my astonishment via twitter and @thisis walworth I found someone to help – @SthwarkHandyman has now done a neat job of moving a few sockets and tidying up some paintwork. Actually I now have enough tweeps to make my own Kennington and Walworth twitter list – a great way to be able to focus in on one part of the twittersphere without being drowned out by a million little blue birds tweeting away.
When I’m travelling I tend to spend a few weeks before I leave finding and following local ‘useful’ people. The tour guide, Michela Ricciarelli @mikyriccia I found on twitter, provided a personal itinerary the last time I visited Tuscany. She even took us around her own part of Tuscany for a day. Amongst other things, she recommended the best place in Livorno for Cacciucco, took us up into the mountains to see Pecorino a Latte Crudo being made and to visit one of the last remaining traditional collective olive oil presses.
I was lucky – I found Miky online completely by chance and she pestered me in the nicest possible way via twitter until I arranged to meet her. It really did help give me some inside knowledge of a large region in Italy. I’ve learnt since that there are better ways to find the right people to help you when you are somewhere new. Twitter lists are collections of people who tweet about specific subjects. You can make your own, or subscribe to lists that other people have set up.
I am not organised to have started my own lists yet, but I am indebted to those who do. There are some fabulous travel and food bloggers who run lists I subscribe to, am a member of, or both. Susan Grossman, the lecturer and coach who has helped me develop a writing career, has one of the best organised list of lists on twitter I’ve seen. You’ll find her tweeting at @wordsallowed or on facebook .
One of the best lists I’ve seen for information about London is Hotel Direct’s London twitter list. It’s a compilation of a wide range of people who tweet about things connected with London. So, whether you live here or are planning to visit and want to know what’s going on, it’s a great place to start.
If you want to start finding more lists, it’s not that difficult. Just search for what ever term you want to find a list for. Then just click on ‘timelines’ on the left hand menu and you’ll find a long list of the lists people have compiled!
Meanwhile, don’t forget to follow me on twitter too – tell me about any other great lists you’ve found and say hi!
Disclaimer: I was paid a fee to write a post which included explaining how twitter works for me, how to use twitter lists and to highlight the Hotel Direct London list.