Finding Time to Tweet … and Not to Tweet

I’m finding time to blog on this freezing New Hampshire Friday morning!  Here’s hoping this finds you warm, well, enjoying each of your moments, and looking ahead to a nice weekend.

Responding to yesterday’s post, Wendy Battles from Healthy Endeavors (and Twitter) wrote about the challenges that can crop up with Twitter.  She noted that it’s a great tool but can also be overwhelming at times … AND become a big time trap.

I can definitely relate to the challenge of managing Twitter time efficiently and effectively.  As a tool for connecting and developing relationships, it offers lots of possibilities – so many possibilities that it can, without a doubt, feel overwhelming at times.  I think that, as with many relatively new things, small steps are a good idea – as is expecting to feel a little bit at sea for awhile.  My early days on Twitter have taken me back, from time to time, to feelings I recall from arriving at college for the first time, starting a new job, or moving to a new city.

Front StoopThe more you use it, however, the more the tweets of your friends can begin to feel a little bit like your “neighborhood.”  It’s an ever-changing place, as new people arrive all the time.  But it gets more and more familiar. I sometimes think of Twitter as a little like stepping out onto my front stoop at various points during the day … seeing who’s around and saying hi.

For solopreneurs and other people whose work is primarily on-line, this virtual street corner (or virtual water cooler) is really a wonderful way to connect.  There’s no doubt that Tweeting can help to enliven and break up the day!

Time boundaries are key, though (and challenging) with this social networking tool.  If you find yourself spending your entire morning out on your virtual front stoop, you know there’s probably a bit of a problem.  Is there something you’re avoiding or procrastinating about?  (And more importantly, aren’t you FREEZING out there on the stoop?!)

It’s really helpful to pay attention to what you’re saying “Yes” to with your time – because each “Yes” means a “No” to other possibilities.  Check in with yourself and ask, “Do I really want to be saying ‘Yes’ to Twitter right now?  What am I saying ‘No’ to?” Making conscious choices is half the battle!

This coming Cyber Monday I’ll be writing about some more Twitter tools that I’ve been reading about and you might find interesting.  There are some very good ones out there!

How do you manage your Twitter time?  I’d love to hear!

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Let’s explore time together …

Comments

  1. I will be back for more twitter instruction. I have found my way into and around facebook, have fun with the new people I met who are into things I am. Games and all too. But twitter is a huge mystery, I have three people following me, me following a few and it’s like being lost in not a dorm but a massive country with walls around me, no windows even.

    Hey, I like this site, i need to accomplish more, stay on schedule etc.

    Essa

  2. Hi Essa – Thank you for stopping by and for adding your thoughts. I can relate to your description of those early Twitter feelings. It does evolve over time. You begin to recognize people – look forward to their Tweets. It’s an interesting social venue – and one I’m very much still exploring myself. I’ll look forward to hearing any experiences and insights that you want to share … and wish you much success with your book!

    Paula

  3. Hi Essa,

    I just wanted to add on to what Paula said about Twitter evolving over time. When I first got started on Twitter, I had NO IDEA what I was doing! 🙂 But, once you get the hang of it and starting tweeting with people, it’s lots of fun! Trust me, with a little effort, you’ll learn the ropes soon then you think.

    I want to also mention that one of the tools I like is twuffer.com. It’s another site that let’s you post tweets in advance and schedule them in.

    For me, it’s about trying to set aside a certain amount of time per day in which to tweet and honor that.

  4. Thanks for the Twuffer tip, Wendy – I’ll take a look. I also appreciate your point about honoring that commitment to the “certain amount of time” that is set aside for Tweeting. That is so important and trust-building. It makes Twitter a useful tool, as opposed to a place to procrastinate!

  5. Thanks Paula for the information. I too have found it can
    take much time, especially in the early stages. I appreciate your comments. Alice

  6. Hi Alice – Thank you for your kind words, and for stopping by. I appreciate the link to your Blog, and have added it to my sidebar. I look forward to further connection, as time unfolds!

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