I started closely following how others tweeted. I quickly caught on to the retweets, hash tags, trending, #fridayfollow etc. I continuously retweeted others’ content, and when I began to see people follow back, my excitement for the once “stupid” networking site grew. With only about 30 followers at the time, I was ecstatic every time I’d have a new follower. I figured perhaps, I was doing something right. Looking back now I believe the day I began looking at Twitter lists was a defining moment.
I came across @Warrenss and his Seattle social media list composed of a large group of Seattlelites involved in social media work. I followed the tweeters very closely by watching who they talked to and what they were involved in. I followed anyone and everyone I came across who seemed knowledgeable in the field. I checked out the website of the companies’ they worked at (if listed in their bio), searched for the employees listed on the site and then began following them on Twitter. I quickly learned that many of the social media Seattle tweeps were connected in some way. The more I learned about the city via Twitter, the more I fell in love with it, virtually. Discovering that it was a top social media city, home to Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia, Nordstrom AND Starbucks blew my mind! I started to really believe I was meant to be there.
Getting over my fear of looking ‘stupid’ for tweeting with people I didn’t know or them possibly thinking, “Who the heck is this girl from Minnesota talking to me and my friends?” I began to consistently tweet to Seattle tweeps by answering their questions, commenting on how much I enjoyed reading their blogs etc. I quickly learned that engaging with people goes a long way on Twitter.