As an early adopter, I’ve been a member of social media networks since they first launched. Facebook when it was just college kids. Twitter when it first came out. Was on Snapchat looooong before kids today discovered it.
But shy as I am (that’s right!) I’ve always restricted my social media to friends.
I certainly have never, ever chatted up a random stranger over social media.
That was until I started using Twitter. Never got Twitter. Many friends say the same but Twitter is where the Digerati and Journalists congregate, consume and share breaking news or the latest content.
Asking for Tweeted Tips
There are also many examples of newbies asking the Twitterati for advice.
Jenni Lowe asked the professional copy and content writers of Twitter for what advice they would give to someone new to the big, bad world of freelance writing and put her story on Storify:
My Early Tweets
One of my first few tweets was to a blogger, Jennfer Dewalt, after visiting her site 180 websites in 180 days. Artist turned web developer, Jennifer taught herself how to code by literally making a website every day day for half a year, blogging about her experience as she went along. I was inspired, I sent her a tweet to ask about her experience, not knowing if she would ever reply.
And of course she did!
@debbiediscovers Thanks! I was working on the project full-time: ~10hrs/day 7 days/wk. LMK if I can be helpful!
— Jen Dewalt (@JenniferDewalt) March 30, 2015
My next tweet was to Nick Loper, who runs the Side Hustle Nation blog and podcast. Nick’s podcast packs in case studies, interviews and examples of amazingly successful people making side-income on the internet by blogging, affiliate marketing, freelancing. I love listening to his podcasts, mostly because his podcasts always start with addictive, catchy jingle that somehow always makes me laugh:
“Because your 5-9 may make you a livin’ but your 9-5 makes you ALIVE”
@debbiediscovers sweet! Keep me posted!
— Nick Loper (@nloper) May 9, 2015
Engagement and Reciprocation
I used Trello a lot in the first quarter of this year, when I was learning about social media and how content marketers would use Trello to manage their content creation and social media strategies. Using a website redesign checklist that I found particularly helpful by Andy Crestodina of Orbit Medias, I had made into Trello card and tweeted it to him for anyone to use.
@debbiediscovers Looks great, Deborah! Thank you! Quick Q: Are you a blogger? I’m doing a big survey of bloggers and I’d love your input…
— Andy Crestodina (@crestodina) June 9, 2015
Which turned into a three-way with Nick Loper and Jennifer Dewalt as they were the only bloggers I knew at the time.
— Nick Loper (@nloper) June 12, 2015
— Andy Crestodina (@crestodina) June 12, 2015
So I was well pleased to see Andy make the Onalytica’s Top 100 list.
— Deborah Kay (@debbiediscovers) July 2, 2015
Same with Hana Abaza from Uberflip – her post on 10X Content was one of my most popular tweets!
— Hana Abaza (@HanaAbaza) June 16, 2015
— Deborah Kay (@debbiediscovers) July 1, 2015
Social ROI: Return on Relationship Is Key
My last example was a post I had read on Social Sprout by Ted Rubin.
If you had just clicked the Tweet This button, you would have shared this:
Instead, I looked up Ted Rubin’s handle on Twitter, and I added a graphic (not the one at the top of the article that was more likely to be Buffered as image), but one lower down in the article that I thought was more relevant to the content. And my retweet got the approval of Ted Rubin himself.
— Ted Rubin (@TedRubin) June 15, 2015
— Deborah Kay (@debbiediscovers) June 30, 2015
— Ted Rubin (@TedRubin) June 30, 2015
— Deborah Kay (@debbiediscovers) July 1, 2015
Ask and You Shall Receive
Recently, I’ve been following this inspiring Filipino freshman from Penn, David Ongchoco, who writes for the Huffington Post and just completed a summer internship as a content marketer at the Joyful Frog Digital Incubator. His end-of-internship was reflective, but most of all it impressed me because it was rooted in humility and gratitude when he had so much he could have bragged about.
David is writer for the multiple magazines including the Huffington Post, maintains his own blog, set up YouthHack.net – a site for empowering today’s youth to solve the world’s biggest problems through technology and entrepreneurship, among many other endeavours.
I asked if he would mentor some of my young students writers, and of course he said.. yes!
@debbiediscovers sure thing 🙂 would love to do it. message me the details?
— David Ongchoco (@DOitChoco) August 13, 2015