Posted by: Bret Simmons | July 5, 2010

The Connecting Power Of Twitter: An Example

I am currently in London teaching a study abroad class in International Organizational Behavior through UNR Extended Studies and the UNR College of Business. Several months ago, I tweeted a few times that I was going to be in London this summer and I was looking for guest speakers for my class.

Today, Eileen Brown spoke to my class about social media and personal branding. She was fabulous – we enjoyed her talk and really appreciated the effort she made to come in to London to speak to us for an hour.

I’ve never met Eileen before today, and actually never even communicated with her until a few weeks ago. Another of my twitter “friends” in the UK, Bruce Lynn, responded to my request directly, and then introduced me to Eileen via e-mail.  I’m now connected to Eileen on Twitter, but I was not at the time I made my twitter request for speakers.

Bruce will speak to my class tomorrow, and another of my Twitter connections, Christine Livingston, will speak to us next week. If I were not active on Twitter, I never would have connected to these folks and had the opportunity to meet them and hear from them personally while in London.

Twitter is one of my favorite social networking sites.  Even though Facebook has more users, Twitter is an open platform, which for me means that I can establish valuable connections with a lot more people in many more places than I ever could with my small and selective group of Facebook “friends”.

Here are some tips for those that want to get started with Twitter. I have two Twitter accounts, one for SM@RT 2010 and one for Positive Organizational Behavior. When you get on Twitter, make sure to connect to me on both!

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