This post is in response to my friend, Michelle Erfurt, who asked me about Tweet Chat. And, it is for my hubby and a friend who are thinking about trying their hands at Twitter. My experiences are limited to a short period of use, but here is what I know and what I find helpful.
- Create a Twitter Account. The instructions are fairly easy to follow. Your name or a business name is a good start. I’m @JordanEM.
- Follow people related to your interests. You can do a search by name. Twitter also has a “Who to Follow” tab where you can look at interests. Follow a few people, see who they follow. I follow other music therapist, other therapist, those in elder care and childcare…put simply, those with related interests.
- Look up and ask questions about hashtags. (They look like #musictherapy.) Twitter suggests hashtags.org which is a good start. And there is nothing wrong with asking friends, either. Using hashtags helps people locate information.
- Consider sign-up for a service. Most of them are free or have free versions. There are several out there. I have chosen Tweet Deck. Several of my friends use HootSuite. Most of these services have apps for iPhones, Droids, etc. They make it easier to interact, sort, and process the information. You don’t have to use them.
- Sign up for Tweet Chat. Tweet chats are prearranged conversation at a set time. Some have a very structured format while others don’t. Using the Tweet Chat makes following the chat easier. For example, you don’t have to keep entering the hashtag for that group.
Being part of “twitterverse” has allowed me to meet people throughout the world, to find out about interesting news items and research, and to develop a new support network. It has taken reading posts about how to tweet and a “how to” book from the library to figure this out on my own, but I’m sure glad I did. For example, I’m looking forward to meeting up with other music therapist during tweet-ups at he American Music Therapy Conference in November (#AMTA11). Putting voices with all the people I regularly exchange information is a true joy! It has “Rockin Robin” running through my brain!