Why be a tweet
20/04/2012 11:35 am
Why are so many housing people on twitter? I just don't understand it. To me it looks like a waste of time. Why should I be on there? I don't like to miss out on things, but whenever I've thought about signing up, I haven't known what to write. Can anybody enlighten me?
If I do sign up, how will I know what to say?
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Inside Housing staff post
20/04/2012 2:55 pm
Hi James, I think it is probably most useful as a tool to find out about other online content. People tend to tweet links to websites and stories they've found useful, so if you follow people or organisations with the same interests as you then it can be quite worthwhile. It is also quite good for finding out what people think, so I've tweeted your question with a link to this forum, and will see if we get any feedback.
20/04/2012 6:54 pm
Tools like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin can really open up a world of information and opportunity for users.
I've been running Optima Community Association's account for the last couple of years. As Tom says, it's a great way of linking to other online content and more importantly people. If I want to pick someone's brains about my social media strategy, or setting up a hyperlocal blog for our community, I can do all that online. And I can get it done very quickly. No conferences or training courses to fork out for.
Just this week through Twitter, I've linked up with two local organisations that are proving useful for the work I do and would be great for our residents to know about and be involved in.We're already sharing information, making life easier and adding value.
Different social media streams can be a great source of information that can feed into all sorts of projects, like our Facebook pages for residents, with news about jobs, events, and other residents' news without having to wait for the next quarterly printed newsletter.
Social networks can improve communications, building rapport and trust between colleagues in large group structures without anyone having to travel. Bromford Housing have been using Twitter and Yammer with great success in this area.
The difficulty of how to start. Set up an account, follow a few people and watch for a while and see how people use it. It's social media, be sociable. Join in the conversation. Sharing someone else's Tweet, known as retweeting or a RT, or just marking it as a favourite, are easy things to do without worrying about what to say! It takes time to build up, but all networks do. If you do sign up, follow us. I'll give you a warm welcome @OptimaCommunity.
Ultimately, you need to use what works for you and it may not be Twitter. It's a tool and not an end in itself.
16/05/2012 1:01 pm
I have recently joined twitter. I was initially reluctant but my son was very enthusiastic saying it was better than Facebook because it was easier to use, wasn't restricted to your " friends" and the limit on characters keeps comments short and to the point. For me twitting is a way to promote my articles and books to let others who share my interests know what is influencing me and to pick up on what others in my areas of interest are talking about. Of course I am not immune to the temptation to follow the trend.