Twitter is not a service that will appeal to everyone. Allegedly 60% of Twitter users leave after the first month (although this doesn’t include those who switch to desktop apps like Tweetdeck). I’d argue it’s because they only have Oprah and Ashton Kutcher showing them the ropes and need some better guidance; Twitter is intuitive to use but not to build a network or get the most value out of it. Here are some simple steps to show someone the value of Twitter.
- Pick a topic the person is passionate about.
- Go to http://search.twitter.com and run a search on the term.
- Find an interesting tweet or post about the topic, and click through to the profile of the person who posted it. If the profile looks interesting, follow that person. Follow a few folks like this.
- Start a conversation, reply to one of the posts as if you had started a conversation in line at the supermarket.
- Look for someone sharing a useful website or blog post related to the topic, click through to the blog and consider subscribing to it. Maybe reply to the author via comment or back on Twitter to let them know what you thought.
- Spend a few minutes in the conversation and see what happens. Try again the next day.
Within a few minutes you’ll likely get valuable content and conversation to you, relevant to a topic you are interested in. You might even find a job listing. I just tried this approach on 3 people – using photography, user experience and summer camp – and went 3 for 3 on “wows.” New to Twitter? Let me know if this helps. Twitter veteran? What else would you recommend to get someone started?
photo credit: 2create via Flickr