Fantastic insights on the last post from Friends, Fellow Bloggers, and Readers.  Thanks to all.  Great work! (Click here to see them all.)

Especially like the comments on Blogs from Tammy.  I learned about the insurance ecosystem site – nicely done, Pat Alexander.  Steve Anderson’s comment is insightful as always.   Jennifer Beever also shared some golden nuggets.  Really great stuff.

Interesting common thread – you get out of it what you put into it.  And time management – always an issue.  But I bet there is 10-20% of stuff people are doing that they could cut and not miss it (umm – pro sports on TV?!?!)

Thanks again.

My take?  First let me say I am no expert.  I’ve been using the tool for a year and have learned a tremendous amount, reinforced relationships, and started some new ones.  But I’m still skiing the green runs – well perhaps a blue now and then, but certainly not a black or double-black diamond, IYKWIM!  Like Linkedin, not sure I will ever plumb the depths of Twitter.  But it’s hard to imagine not continuing to use it.

As repeated before, “Facebook is for connecting with people you USED to know.  Linkedin is for connecting with people you CURRENTLY know. Twitter is for connecting with people you WANT to know.” If you think it about it that way, if you consider what you can get out of LISTENING to people, that frame of reference might encourage you to get started.  Of course, if you consider yourself fully informed (aka (x)), then you’re probably not reading this post to begin with.  But if you ARE reading AND fully informed, then you should REALLY be on Twitter and sharing your wisdom and watching your followers grow to huge, world-wide audience, (x). That is unless you are consuming knowledge and not generating or transmitting what you know (aka (x)). Btw, read between the lines to figure out what I deleted (x) from this writing – seemed a little judgmental.  Feel free to post your guesses in the Comments below.

Every now and then, I hear people say that Twitter is fading.  Noting that that comment is usually made by a non-user (doh!), here’s why I think it works and will continue to grow and flourish – there are tons of app’s being written (so a business model), it’s incredibly powerful and malleable, there are so many high-profile users, and most of all, it’s designed for the mobile user.  Mobile apps seem to be the future.  And human nature seems to want to share opinions and experiences, and wisdom, with the world.  Put those two together and you’ve got… Twitter!

The interesting thing about Twitter is its ‘nimbility’.  I can choose who I follow, how often I use it, how I use it, and why I use it.  And all 4 of those variables change on a fairly regular basis.  One day, I might be interested in hearing from industry folks; another, from non-industry professionals; yet another from speakers and motivational experts; then elected officials; perhaps friends, though I get most of that through Facebook.  Every now and then, when there’s a breaking story, I’ll follow the tweets, especially stories I know MSM will not cover or will cover with bias.  Like the 9/12 March on Washington last fall.  Through Twitter, I gained access to real-time coverage, including video and pictures.  MSM was reporting a whole different story, in the limited coverage they gave it.  Classic.  Another time I followed the Aartrijk Brand Camp and even asked some questions of the attendees – all virtually through Twitter (which made me wish even more that I was there!).

Part 2 tomorrow, “Live” from the AIPAGIA Social Media session.  Can’t wait!

Oh yeah, last night I had the great honor of singing in an awesome choir and hearing the legendary Dr. John Perkins, one who has changed and continues to change the outlook of this nation on racism.  Fantastic talk.  See the pics here.  Thanks to my friend Bryan Wilson for manning the camera while I sang!  Awesome job.  We’re even now! :-)

Fantastic insights from the Friends, Fellow Bloggers, and Readers. Thanks to all. Great work!

Especially like the comments re… I learned – and that’s always cool.

Interesting common thread…

Thanks again.

My take? First let me say I am no expert. I’ve been using the tool for a year and have learned a tremendous amount, reinforced relationships, and started some new ones. But I’s still skiing the green runs – well perhaps a blue now and then, but certainly not a black or double-black diamond, IYKWIM! Like Linkedin, not sure I will ever plumb the depths of Twitter. But it’s hard to imagine not continuing to use it.

As repeated before, “Facebook is for connecting with people you USED to know. Linkedin is for connecting with people you CURRENTLY know. Twitter is for connecting with people you WANT to know.” If you think it about it that way, if you consider what you can get out of LISTENING to people, that might encourage you to get started. Of course, if you consider yourself fully informed (aka (x)), then you’re probably not reading this post to begin with. But if you ARE reading AND fully informed, then you should REALLY be on Twitter and sharing your wisdom and watching your followers grow to huge, world-wide audience, (x). That is unless you are consuming knowledge and not generating or transmitting what you know (aka (x)). (Btw, read between the lines to figure out what I deleted (x) from this writing – seemed a little judgmental. Feel free to post in the Comments below.)

Every now and then, I hear people say that Twitter is fading. Noting that that comment is usually made by a non-user (doh!), here’s why I think it works and will continue to grow and flourish – there are tons of app’s being written (so a business model), it’s incredibly powerful and malleable, there are so many high-profile users, and most of all, it’s designed for the mobile user. Mobile apps seem to be the future. And human nature seems to want to share opinions and experiences, and wisdom, with the world. Put those two together and you’ve got… Twitter!

The interesting thing about Twitter is its ‘nimbility’. I can choose who I follow, how often I use it, how I use it, and why I use it. And all 4 of those variables change on a fairly regular basis. One day, I might be interested in hearing from industry folks; another, from non-industry professionals; yet another from speakers and motivational experts; then elected officials; perhaps friends, though I get most of that through Facebook. Every now and then, when there’s a breaking story, I’ll follow the tweets, especially stories I know MSM will not cover or will cover with bias. Like the 9/12 March on Washington last fall. Through Twitter, I gained access to real-time coverage, including video and pictures. MSM was reporting a whole different story, in the limited coverage they gave it. Classic. Another time I followed the Aartrijk Brand Camp and even asked some questions of the attendees – all virtually through Twitter (which made me wish even more that I was there!).