We’ve all heard the hoopla about what a great networking tool Twitter is and how beneficial it can be not simply for your own personal social media interests but for you professionally as well.
That being said, I have a serious confession to make… I was not a fan of Twitter until about a week ago. *Pause for dramatic affect… I know, I know as a student studying Public Relations you would naturally assume that I would be completely fan girling over Twitter. But I had some major reservations about it, I hate that you were limited to 140 characters, I hated the # because I didn’t understand it’s purpose and I thought that in no way would you be able to connect with people in as in depth of a manner as you would with Facebook for instance.
But I was wrong! I have been reformed! After experiencing my first live Twitter Chat last week I realized just how useful and dare I say FUN Twitter can be! Simply from the #lrnchat I was involved in for one hour I gained over 6 new followers there by increasing my overall PLN and networking skills! Twitter is fast paced and yes can be slightly overwhelming with the insane amount of information that comes through, but those so called “weaknesses” are also Twitter’s greatest strengths. You are able to get information, news, and updates faster than even the news channels can report. Also the plethora of information that is available allows you to gather insights for yourself in a way that might be lacking in any other social media outlet. Twitter, I get you. You know what’s up.