Using Twitter Right

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It was pointed out to me the other day that I have been “on Twitter” for almost 10 years. In reality it’s a few less than that because I made an account and then never used it for a bit at the start. Still, a wild amount of time spent on a Bird Website.

It’s only been in 2021, though, that I’ve started to really think about how I use Twitter and what its function in my life can be. I’ll collect some thoughts here (mostly in the form of tweets, because it’s fun and meta).

Crafting the TL

There’s nothing more critical than determining who to follow, because that will determine your timeline, which is how the majority of people interact with Twitter. (See first link for an exception.)

There’s an important mindset-shift that makes the TL better:

This is crucial, because when your timeline is made up of cool people instead of content, you’re more inclined to interact with folks. Nick Cammarata posits Twitter as a tool for Learning in Public when you have a high level of interaction:

And a great quote from antiquity that applies to a good, interactive timeline:

Reaching Out

Once you’ve got a timeline with people you enjoy, you have to start putting yourself out there and interacting with folks. A tweet from Visa on doing this (and the start of a great thread):

People who only tweet to create content may feel like they’re on their #hustle, but anecdotally, the best way to grow your network is not with constant creation, it’s through conversation (i.e. co-creation).

Next Steps

Three times in the past week, I’ve hopped on calls with someone from twitter because one or both of us was looking for somebody to work with or talk to.

Twitter Mutuals have the ability to become virtual collaborators, IRL Friends, folks to talk to about important parts of your life, buddies to visit while you travel, and more. Not bad for a Bird Website.

My very own twitter thread on this topic

Nick Cammarata doesn’t use his feed

@visakanv on his approach to twitter

A good twitter thread on how not to be creepy online

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