I'm spending so much time on Twitter because I feel it's such an important tool for Network Weavers.
Someone asked me how to get started on Twitter. Some thoughts:
1. Figure out what you want: learning, marketing yourself or something, getting to know new people, just mucking around?
2. If you know other people on Twitter, start following them. Then check out who they follow (we call this getting to know your friends' friends). If their posts look interesting, follow them. Many of them will turn around and start following you. In the first ten days, I started following 38 people and now 31 are following me.
3. Check out twitterlocal.net and see who in your town or neighborhood is on. Follow the ones you know or find interesting.
4. Use search.twitter.com and put in key words to find people interested in the same things you are. I tried civic engagement, transition cities and self-organizing. Then I used TweetBeep.com to keep me posted when anyone says anything about those topics.
5. Think of people you have little connection with: people from different ethnic or racial backgrounds, people with different political views, urban people if your rural (and vice versa), etc.
6. Watch other people's retweets or RTs (they put @person's name) then if you like what that person says, click on their name, read some of their posts and start following them.
7. When someone starts following you, send them a nice note.
8. After awhile, stop following people who never post or who's posts aren't up your alley, and try some new names.
What ideas do you have? For those of you with Twitter experience, what have you found works?
Let us know your experience in getting on Twitter!