Official blog of @okieprof's Twitter for Media class at UCO--#clarkclass
"If you're in this class, you must be a little bit touched."--Steve Lackmeyer
What haven't I learned? I think the most prominent things I've learned include: Twitter is not just an app people use as a personal diary, Twitter is not generation specific and Twitter is not just another social media platform. I've learned a lot about what Twitter is not, but more importantly I've learned what Twitter is. Twitter is a global conversation that has merged the gap between individuals. Twitter creates connections both personally and professionally. I've learned that Twitter allows for transparency among businesses. Twitter brings communities together. Twitter is what professionals use to create their personal brand. Twitter is a rocket, and we're just holding on for the ride.
I have learned that Twitter shouldn't be my personal diary anymore. Yeah it's okay to respond and say hello but if something is going on or an announcement I should probably leave that stuff to Facebook and use Twitter more as a outlet for connections to people who could be encouraging in my field I have chosen to go into. I have learned so much otherwise, but right now that is probably the coolest thing because I never realized how much Twitter has an affect on our future.
Before this class I had not spent any time on Twitter because I was trying to avoid an additional distraction. However, I have learned that I am missing out on some very helpful networking tools. I've never really thought about Twitter as where businesses hang out, but I'm beginning to realize it is. If leveraged correctly, Twitter can be an amazing platform to get a message across. I'm excited to see how Twitter can be used to promote and grow a business.
A week ago I thought Twitter was only a place where people go to tweet about their day and random thoughts that pop into their head. I'm really amazed how much of a tool Twitter is. We have listened to a range of speakers from different career fields and they have all adopted Twitter as a professional tool to network, interact with the public, and rebuild a brand. Twitter is more than a place for celebrities to feud, it's a platform to build a personal/professional brand.
I learned that there can be consequences on what you write out to the public. I also learned that Twitter is just a tool to utilize for your business and brand and you don't have to completely construct it to be professional but you can also keep it as your own style that reflects your personality in a professional manner. The speakers we've had so far did not only teach me something about Twitter but about real life and I love that.
I've learned that to be effective, we have to add the personal aspect to twitter. If we aren't connecting on a human level, our reach will never be as effective as we hope. In my work currently we schedule all our tweets but I believe in order to be effective we need to employ a mix of scheduled tweets and personal connections. This is something I will definitely be working on.
Most importantly I learned how important hashtags are. I really never used them because I didn't care that much about them before, and thats why I never got my tweets seen!
Like Kody said, how much the speakers have (in their own creative, successful way) stress that Twitter is such a great tool in the communication field. Whether it may be journalism, PR, pro media type stuff, and really anything, potentially Twitter can help enhance. When Des used the great baseball/Twitter analogy, I interpreted that Twitter can really help you with your job, project, etc in other fields if you want it to. Since I have been on Twitter, my mom has made it clear that she does not want me to tweet anything that could be on the front page. Very interesting that professionals are stressing the same thing. I think our generation as a whole tends to over-share sometimes and "TWT" (tweet without thinking) ( Is that 5 points) and each speaker has said how that can really hurt your brand. On a lighter note, the fact that I am not a math major came up again. I thought that would have ceased since I am out of the math building forever but it came to light in the Comm building. What a coincidence.
I have learned that Twitter is not just a place to share information, it is also a work profile. Our followers are part of our networks, and we must be mindful of that. All of our speakers have stressed the importance of double and even triple checking what we tweet. Everything we do on Twitter can and will be seen. Twitter is a personal place as well as a place to connect with everyone else you find important, you have to make sure to care for each of your followers. Twitter is also vital for most professionals to get there information without watching other media outlets. Most of Twitter is all first hand information, so some stories get to our hands quicker. On the flip side I can get my personal or professional news out just as quick for my followers to keep up with anything that I or my employer wants to let them know.
So far, I have learned that Twitter is meant to be professional, not personal. It's not the place to spill your feelings and update everyone on your every move. It's a place to network and make a brand for yourself. Twitter is like a more personal look into your resume and a great communication tool for professionals.