The main reason I got on Twitter was so I could communicate with readers of WALK! Magazine and they could reach me fairly easily. I thought it would be fun to have short 140-character chats with other walkers and fitness fanatics. I could post things that happen throughout the day. It would be fun.
I’ve been on Twitter for a little while and I have a couple of observations:
1) Most people using Twitter are PR people. I don’t have anything against PR people — I used to be one. It just seems to be a really high percentage.
2) There are not many walkers. @bethwatkins, @BigManWalking, @LarryWalksFast, @TimSeaman and a couple of others are about all I’ve found. @hiwendee runs and walks, but that’s OK, I still talk to her.
3) You follow people and people follow you. But not everyone you follow has to follow you and vice versa.
4) Related to number 3 — sometimes I feel like I did in high school. All of the cool kids are having a conversation and I’m not included. It could just be that I follow people who don’t follow me, so they don’t even “hear” me. Regardless it feels weird.
5) Some people tweet too often! Maybe when the novelty wears off it will slow down. I’ve quit following some people because there are way TOO many messages from them and it makes it hard to see what other people are saying. Sometimes enough is enough!
6) You can waste a LOT of time on Twitter. It is fun! I like getting breaking news stories. It’s interesting hearing that Lance Armstrong rode for 6 hours yesterday. Wendee is either cooking or stuck in traffic and Larry posts about his training or going to see AC/DC. Some of the local news anchors tweet during newscasts! It’s like a private joke people not on Twitter never know about.
7) I don’t know how to use Twitter effectively. I started out just posting about the magazine, but that seemed a little uninteresting. I added posts about training and races I’ve entered. Sometimes the posts are more personal than professional. Not quite sure how to handle that. There have also been some general complaints about people who use corporate names as opposed to personal ones. I picked @WALK_Magazine so readers could find me easily, but people who don’t know that I am WALK! Magazine might be turned off by that.
In conclusion, I really like Twitter. At the same time, I think it wastes time. I don’t have a lot of free time as it is, do I really need to spend a couple hours watching people chat? Still, I know it has the potential to be a great marketing and PR tool (hence all of the PR people on there), I’m not sure how it will help me yet.
In the meantime, follow me @WALK_Magazine. You’ll find out all kinds of things like when the next issue will be out, what I had for breakfast and how many miles I walked. :-)OK, I just posted a notice promoting the WALK! Magazine Walking Team. Maybe I will get the hang of using it! (400)