Promoting yourself on Twitter

Thanks to Chris Bolmeier’s tweeting on Twitter, I learned about this free e-book from Geekpreneur:

A Geek’s Guide to Promoting Yourself and Your Online Business in 140 Characters or Less with Twitter

If you’re using Twitter, you probably know a lot of this stuff. If you’re not using Twitter effectively, you’re probably still telling us what you had for lunch or how tired you are. Get with the program! Tell us something we want to hear.

One very cool thing I learned from the guide is–an application I can put in my toolbar, which allows me to tweet about the page I’m currently looking at. AND, I can add it as a widget to my blog–if only this blog were on WordPress.

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check out the video Twitter in Plain English.

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15 comments to Promoting yourself on Twitter

  • Chris Bolmeier

    Thanks Alyson for the link to my twitter profile. I think it would be a great idea if everyone left their twitter profile link here in the comments so we can all follow each other – artists/art marketing, etc. types. Everyone can stop back here at this post for days/months/years and find new twitter-ers. And of course read Alyson’s blog posts and visit her website. 🙂 Be Well, Chris

  • Chris Bolmeier

    Oh yeah, I forgot, twitter is down sometimes and guess what? It’s having problems right now – 11:30pm CST. Hopefully some day the twitter tech folks will fix that. Geez.

  • Hi Alyson, Thanks for the link. I started Twitter and, to me, it seemed like nothing more than an annoying chat room. Who cares that you are going to bed and what you ate for breakfast?I’ll be very interested to read through the e-book to see how this is being used for promotion.

  • I signed up for twitter recently, only because if it is in Alyson’s list to do and I can do it, I do it. I kept going back and forth updating everything on all sites, myspace, gallery523, you tube, twitter… Here’s a secret I discovered. I was signing up for a friend’s blog through feedblitz when I noticed feedblitz allowed me to choose to recieve the feed on twitter. So I signed myself up for my own blog, selected to receive on twitter, and now when I blog it goes right to twitter! Looking forward to more followers, at 45 now and seeking new arts lovin’ friends.

  • Emma Brooks

    So far, I’m with Peggy on this. I don’t know how you can handle the information overload of posting throughout the day plus receiving others twits, tweets …help.. 🙂 I saw twitter at the top of one artists blog site and wondered why they would want all that info distracting from the good info on the blog – plus it slowed the page from loading noticibly. Anyway will look into it – maybe I just don’t understand yet. Robin – I am presuming with the blog feed you are just getting the first few lines of your blog delivered to twitter and that others are receiving this from you as your twitter messages? Thanks Emma

  • Joe

    Another twitter doubter here. I can (sort of) see the value if you have other friends who use twitter, but to use it as a way of promoting yourself as an artist to people who don’t already know you… I just don’t see it. What am I missing?

  • I just finished reading through the e-book and I must say it changed my thinking about Twitter. I can’t say I’m completely sold, but I will give it a try in a more focused way. Read it for yourself and see if it is somthing that may help promote you. The good part about Twitter is that once you set it up correctly, it doesn’t take a lot of time to post. I think time will tell if it is a viable marketing tool.

  • Emma, Yes, it gives the title, a few words and a link. I have made some nice new connections providing me with networking and promotions from posts.

  • I on the other hand, have come to resent the requests to follow me which turn out just to be businesses promoting their product and really, nothing interesting to say. It strikes me as spam ads. I use twitter exclusively to keep in touch with a niece across the country. What we twitter back & forth really is of no interest to anyone but us and a few close friends. There’s got to be someplace where I can just be me and not be marketing 24/7.

  • What is the secret to increase Twitter followers (more than 150)?

  • ednogamio: Check out the series of Twiter articles I did here:

  • Alyson
    I have grown tired of so much cyber marketing. I adore my new connections but as for profit-well…..What I do see from Twittering etc is that I spend an extremly amount of time on the internet on not in the studio. Now that I am in a separate working studio outside the home, I do not have acess to a computer. I do nothing but work. It’s wonderful. Let me say though, I do like Robin’s post where my blog will be linked to Twitter and therefore my posts will be added then. That will be a major plus for me and satisfy my “keeping up with the Jones” when it comes to cyberland. hummm? Did I just contradict myself?

  • I’m loving how well twitter is working already. I’ve only been on for about a week. Please add me fellow artists

  • I dipped my toe into Twitter waters a few months ago. The people or institutions I follow fall into several groups in terms of tweeting style.
    – Some (notably writers) chat amongst themselves during the day. I don’t pay close attention, but let it run in the background. The only people I follow in this category are those who are talented and entertaining tweeters who can pack a lot of humour and humanity into just 140 characters.
    – Others are strictly business and only post terse introductions to news links. Useful, but if it’s the only type of tweeter you follow, over time it can feel a bit sterile and institutional, as if the tweeter is just a news forwarding machine.
    – Then there are individuals who are careful to keep their personal lives out of their tweets, but who allow a sense of their personalities to come through as they post links to interesting or useful items. Some of the illustrators I follow are good examples of this.
    – Still others post a lively mix of business and social tweets.
    Finally, I appreciate “live tweeting” from events I can’t attend – like reading tickertape.