Like most people I had heard of Twitter, but never paid any attention to it, because I had heard some mixed reviews from people online or in the media. It wasn’t until early June 2009 I decided to take the plunge, because I had become addicted to following someone’s tweets. Not only that, it was strongly encouraged by Associated Content as a great source to promote your content, which was music to my ears. However, I felt the timing was perfect for me to sign-up on Twitter, since I had a lot of content published by this time. I felt my profile page was now presentable.
Besides connecting with some AC Contributors on Twitter initially, which wasn’t too many at the time, I mostly followed the American Idols who were preparing for their summer tour. Once the tour commenced, I was able to follow all ten of the finalists as they tweeted how the crowds were at each venue, their encounters with the fans & the press, and their own assessments of how they performed each night. It was truly fascinating getting into their thought processes of what it was like on tour. In a way it felt like you were right there alongside them. Not only that, having this insight from the Idol finalists helped me with formulating questions when I got to interview some of them during their Media Hour This was also a great time connecting with other American Idol fans on Twitter, because they shared their own concert experiences.
My Fellow AC Contributors – Follow Friday
Once the American Idol tour was over in mid-September it was time for me to get to the nitty-gritty, focusing more on getting my content circulated since I saw a noticeable difference in page views, more comments being left on my articles, and more contributors subscribing to my content. I then decided to follow more Contributors thinking this would truly jumpstart my statistics.
As a result this has truly proven to be highly beneficial, especially to a wonderful Twitter feature called Follow Friday. Just as the name implies you tweet the addresses of people you are following hoping they will either end up following you or simply help them out with more followers. I love Follow Fridays, because I tweet my friends from AC first and my other acquaintances later. It’s so nice seeing people on Twitter get so involved on Fridays.
Monday, Monday – #MusicMonday
Another feature that is my personal favorite, and it’s similar along the lines of Follow Friday, is #musicmonday. It is preceded with a hashtag and the two words running together, because that is the way this topic trends on Twitter. Basically, it is any tweet relating to music whether it is to promote someone’s new CD or a random statement on what you are listening to at the moment. I like taking the opportunity to promote some of my music articles I have written that seem relevant at the time. This is another great way for me to tweet my thoughts on music. Now I have something to look forward to on Mondays, thanks to Twitter.
Twitter and The King of Pop’s death
One of the most unforgettable and truly shocking moments I had ever experienced on Twitter was the afternoon of June 25th. I happened to stroll by my computer checking to see what was going on Twitter. Needless to say I was stunned with the unconfirmed rumors reported by TMZ on Michael Jackson’s death. I went to watch the news on TV and they were at least 2-3 steps behind Twitter. Twitter received it instantly without all the unnecessary chatter, commentary, boring speculation you saw ad nauseam in the traditional media reports.
Finally, I would like to give credit where it is due to a fellow AC Contributor and a follower from Twitter, @PoeticHeart34. She’s been instrumental in expanding my network of followers, always re-tweeting the articles I post, and thanking me for my Follow Friday on her. To say I have seen a vast difference with my page views since I signed up with Twitter is a mere understatement. You won’t see this happen overnight, but with a lot of diligence, determination, and patience the rewards are priceless.