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Twitter Tips and Tricks for Successful Networking

…are you being left behind on Twitter?  I would say that Twitter is the new black.  It seems that EVERYONE is on Twitter (even God).  You can use these basic tips for catching up if you’re just getting on board.  But first here is a description for what Twitter is: the premise for this social networking site is to answer, “What are you doing?”  At any moment.  At anytime.  With any idea that pops into your head.  The fun part about answering the question is that you only have 140 characters to do it.  Think Facebook status updates, but on the go and a little more fun.  Twitter can be used for fun with friends, you can network with other like minded PRofessionals, take on an alter-ego or just bitch because people hear.  

The magical part of Twitter is the Tweet-ups (flashmob like events where tweeple [people + twitter] decide to meet up so they can finally see what @sexystud4u really is like in person).  Tweet-ups are great, free opportunities for networking with your peers and seniors.  I like to think that I’ve made great connections and friends at the Tweet-ups I’ve attended.  

You can use Twitter on the web, AIM, GTalk, Jabber, by phone (the number is 40404) or downloadable applications.  I love to use Twitteriffic for my iPhone and it lets me stay up to date on the Tweeple whose updates aren’t pushed to my phone by SMS (don’t ask me what that stands for… maybe in another post).

So if you’re not using the web, here are some commands you can use from your phone or instant messanger:

  1. get– this command gets all your friends’ recent updates.
  2. on or off– it turns on or off (get it) updates so you don’t have to wake up when all your social media friends start fighting over what Twitter’s new business model should be at 1 am.  Trust me… It will happen.
  3. leave– when you’ve had enough of what @billy_bob is saying about President-elect Obama, you can completely unfriend him by sending leave + username (for example leave billy_bob)

The real meat of conversatin’ on Twitter comes with these commands:

  1. @username– you “@” someone to get their attention.  it’s like saying, “hey!”  Everyone who follows you will see this message so it’s not for private messages.
  2. D Username– if you want to tell someone how much you love them or if you want to talk about the prick who won’t shut up about all his wonderful new media ideas and how his new blog post just popped up on the front page of Digg then you can send a direct message by putting the letter “D” in front of someone’s username (example: d username can you believe this guy? what a nerd, bet he still lives with his mommy).

Now go out and tweet (the verb form of twitter or a noun describing the message one sends) your heart out.

@zh3n has a great blog on the differenct applications, etc for Twitter.  Check her out here
And you know.  And knowing is half the battle.




P.S. Leave you tips and tricks for Twitter in the comments.


Etiquette Lessons Now in e-book form

When Dallas Teague-Snider spoke to the UAB chapter of the UAB PRSSA, it was a refreshing experience (read about it here).  It reminded me of all the etiquette things I SHOULD be doing, but I’m not always conscience of them.  Well here’s your chance to polish up for your next meeting, dinner or networking party. 

Dallas will be releasing an e-book full of helpful etiquette lessons for all kinds of business situations.  It should be finished by the end of November and you can place pre-orders now.

If reading isn’t your thing (what are you doing here?), then you can participate in a free webinar on November 5th or you can see Dallas LIVE at one of her workshops.  Register for the webinar here and you can check out her workshop dates here.  As I’m writing this post, her next workshop is scheduled for Friday, November 21st at 8:30 am until noon.  The location is in Birmingham.


Peace to your Mother.



Do you UStream?

I’ve never been much of a fan of video.  I’m more of a print and blog kind of guy.  But for those of you who love to vlog, I was recently introduced to UStream.  It’s a video blogging site that allows you to stream live from where ever you have a cam.  

One of the only reasons I would ever do a video of myself would be for one of those fancy video resumes, but for now I think the regular old MS doc will suffice.  Here are some other uses that I may never use, but you or your friends might find useful:

  • Class projects (how many times have you been to class and the room wasn’t set up for video?)
  • Internships (think video resume again)
  • Video blogging (I hate the term “vlogging,” it’s not easy for this speech therapy graduate to say)
  • Clients
  • Vodcasting (like podcasting, but with video)
  • To be super creepy (I know some of you out there are gross, insane pervies.  It’s statistics)

You could then post whatever video you created on Youtube, Myspace, Facebook, or PROpenmic (i think).  Maybe even in the comments or at the very least a link to your UStream.  If you’re interested in video, check it out.


Talkback over on Can We Talk?

Check out an interview I did over at Can We Talk? by Jennifer Schooley. It’s a new interview series where Jenn hopes to have guests in all stages of their PR career: students, recent grads, and full-fledged professionals.

Make sure to leave comments.


More than keeping your pinky up at tea parties……

…..and eating outside-in at dinner.  

Recently Mrs. Dallas Tegue-Snider spoke to the UAB chapter of the PRSSA about the importance of etiquette in business.  For me it was a shameful reminder of all the things I should do as a budding professional that I don’t…..  More than a couple times I thought, “Haven’t I read that somewhere before?  Why am I not doing that?!?!?!”
Here is a little background info on Mrs. Snider:
She went to the University of South Alabama, started in Tourism and Hospitality, she has around 20 years of experience in Hospitality and Marketing and she got a business lead while dressed up as a seasonal vegetable.  In her few spare moments, she writes a column (Protocol and Etiquette) for Rejuvenate.
Mrs. Snider believes that networking is key to success.  She says that about 85% of professional success comes from networking…..  And it’s not just getting a job.  Mrs. Snider says that networking can help a student get scholarships and internships, too.  Need a non-academic Letter of Recommendation?  You had better start networking…….. NOW!!!
She has more tips and here are my Fav Five:
1. Join professional organizations to begin networking.  Here in Birmingham we have organization like Media Of Birmingham, or MOB is you’re nasty; Ed2010, a group of writers, editors and journos; and then there are Tweet-ups; shame on you if you don’t know what Twitter is.  And those groups and meeting are all free.  There are ton of paid professional groups, but that’s a blog for another time.
2. When you’re talking to someone, make that person feel like he/she is the only person in the room.
3. Did you notice that WORKING is over half of the word netWORKING?  You should never go to an event where you plan to meet someone to eat, drink and be merry.  Go with a plan and know the who, what and when of the event.  Also, never have two hands full, cause how are you going to shake hands?  
3.  Send a handwritten note to interviewers after the interview is over.  There is a 24 to 48 hour opportunity here.  Carry stamps with you.
4. Treat people the way they want to be treated.  That’s what Mrs. Snider calls the Platinum Rule and platinum sounds more fancy than gold.
5.  Anticipate the needs of others.  It sounds kind of like the Boy Scouts’ Motto of, “Always Be Prepared,” but it’s a good motto.  
If you’re interested in finding out more info on Dallas Teague Snider she has a blog and will be releasing an e-book on business etiquette very soon.  You can check out her linkedin profile, too.