How to TwitterHow to Twitter and Why Everyone Should: 3 Great Reasons

I’ve been doing a lot of research about Twitter lately – Tweets, Tools, Tweeps, Twits – I’m not quite the ‘Social Media Scientist’ Dan Zarrella is, but I am researching methods for a Twitter book and am so pleased with my results, I didn’t want to save it all for the book. Beyond numbers of followers (we all want more) and writing gigs (I want more) there are the friendships that arise unexpectedly, seemingly from nowhere.

The point of social media is, well, social.  Something we tend to forget in our day to day frenzy to make the bucks.  Thousands of people in posts and articles, eBooks and hardcovers are telling us how to monetize Twitter (and Facebook, but this is not a Zuck piece). They will remind us somewhere in their copy that the point of social media is to be social, but their main point is whatever they are doing (or hawking) at the moment to make money.

Social Tweeps you won’t find anywhere else

In the last few months, I’ve met or encountered people through Twitter whose paths I would have never crossed without a tweet. Gifted, creative, interesting people that aren’t trying to sell me anything, that I’m not trying to sell anything to.  They are  just fun and witty and thoughtful, and I hope the ‘tweep’ relationship we have will endure if not become even more solid and refined.

John Paul Rice @norestrictionsJohn Paul Rice

@NoRestrictions Los Angeles, CA
President of No Restrictions Entertainment – a partnership with filmmaker Edgar Michael Bravo. We make social issue feature films. http://www.norestrictionsent.com

Apart from the obvious attraction of his twitter handle, @NoRestrictions, John Paul Rice makes films that have a voice.  A voice that should be heard.  We’ve talked about what he does, we’ve talked about what I do, and he gave me a private screening of one of his latest films. One Hour Fantasy Girl, which made me cringe, laugh, and almost cry – although not at the same time.

We’re not intimate, but we’re having fun. Twitter is the only thing that made that meeting possible. . . .

PS, I’m hoping for another premier invite when I get back to LA.

Michael Brandvold, @michaelsbMichael Brandvold

@michaelsb
Music marketing speaker and expert in online & social marketing, ecommerce, fan acquisition & retention. Founder of Michael Brandvold Marketing. Klout Star. http://www.michaelbrandvold.com

I read about Michael Brandvold in a Klout newsletter. (Note, he’s since added Klout Star to his bio.  I love it!)

For the uninformed, Michael has managed the online process for KISS, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears. He recounts that he was doing social media work for those guys before any guru defined social media.

I fell in love with him when I read this quote  from George Bernard Shaw, “The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.”

We’ve done back and forth, he knows I’m an unabashed fan of his work, his history, himself.  He is bright, funny and FUN.  (No more blushing! You are the man!)

Bobby Dillard, @onevoicesmilingBobby Dillard

@onevoicesmiling 
Husband, father, listener, healthcare CEO, speaker, writer, musician, speech coach. Interests in developmental disabilities, behavior, and Toastmasters International
http://about.me/onevoicesmiling

Bobby Dillard is the guy you want to hang with at every event, every party, every family gathering.  He is friendly, funny, inspiring and inspirational.  I’m sure he creates a community whevere he goes!

We’ve just been ‘tweeting’ a little while, but I look forward to hearing from him, and smile even before I read his tweets.  He’s that kind of guy, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to know him in 140 characters or less!

How to Tweet

Spread your message, or your smile, in 140 characters.  Welcome the world, you’ll be surprised to find who’s really out there.