When it comes to the modern communication media and devices, usually I am the last one to adopt and/or adapt. For example, I don’t usually throw away my mobile phones until I have used it for at least three years! The case is much the same, when it comes to the usage of various social networking sites and tools as well.
However, after reading Shoemoney’s take on twitter recently, I thought of giving it a shot! Shoemoney claims that a huge amount of ‘fresh traffic’ to his blog is originating from Twitter. Moreover, he is successfully using it as a major affiliation channel as well! Well, I thought ‘better late than never’! Moreover, Kim, one of our friends here, endorsed Twitter, so I decided to take the plunge!!
Practical usage of Twitter for bloggers
Though I am only a couple of weeks into Twitter usage, I already see some utility! I installed the Twitter Updater plugin for WordPress, that will send updates to my Twitter profile, as soon as I post new articles or edit existing ones. This happens in a jiffy – much before the content is available on blog aggregators or even Feedburner sometimes. This is an extremely useful feature, I think.
There are various other plugins that take your tweets back to your blog, send your feed to Twitter etc, but I don’t want to complicate things for the time being. At the moment I am using it only for blog updates, discussing any important event, clarifying doubts, answering queries etc (Definitely no tweets like ‘I am eating now’, ‘Going to bathe’ etc). Let’s see how things evolve – It’s too early to rule out a possible Twitter addiction as I spend 10-12 hours online every day! If some of you are already experienced Twitter users, please let me know about other possible ‘good’ usages of Twitter.
You can follow me on Twitter using my Twitter profile ‘edassery‘ or using this link. Right now, my Twhirl screen is full of bald heads – mainly two of them Shoemoney (Pink head and tongue out) and ProBlogger (Light tan head with spectacles) – as I follow them both. Two of them are really pumping out as much as 100 or 200 tweets per day, I guess! I would certainly like to see some less boring faces there as well!
Questions to you
- Do you tweet? If so which all tools, desktop widgets, phone clients or plugins do you use? (I am trying to locate the best tools and plugins)
- Have you drawn any major benefits – either personally or professionally – out of your Twitter usage?