So in I plowed. I wasn't unfamiliar with the concept or the medium - just the ins and outs. I wasn't 100% what a hashtag was, I didn't know what RT meant, I had no ideas "how to get followers". I just knew that I was dying to "listen" to other people who were interested and involved in the same things I am.
The first few days were like an overload of information. I clicked on links, I read until my eyes were dry, I followed people whose bios sounded interesting. I worked up the nerve to RT and Reply to others - somehow it seemed like a much bigger deal than it actually is! - and I read articles that let me know what hashtags and chats were. I went out of my way to learn as much as I could as quickly as I could - I don't like being a "Newbie"!
It didn't take long for me to realize a few very important TwitterTruths:
- RTs are important - they show people you agree with and support what they're saying, or that you think what they have to say is relevant
- Replying to someone's Tweet isn't rocket science - and it'll more than likely be met with appreciation
- While it's not difficult to find people to follow, getting followed back isn't as simple - it requires you to actually engage people and be interesting
- Bots & spammers do not a following make - there are plenty of them out there
- Just like on any other social media network, there is good and bad content - it's up to you to weed through and decipher what's relevant to you
- An amazing network of people exists out there - and they're actually interested in having a conversation, not just talking and being heard
I have no illusions...I'm still learning. However, I can say this without hesitation: It's worth the study, and I consider myself lucky to have "met" the people in my network - both those I'm following and those who follow me. What's life without a conversation, after all?