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Chris Brogan had a story on his blog recently about twitter influence. In it he explains how he uses Twitter and how he manages the content that comes in and out all day. He asked his blog followers to consider was their twitter influence. Always up to the challenge, here’s the responses from our team. We’ll cross-post it on his site, so feel free to tell us yours.

Scott: One of Looney Tunes’ Sylvester the Cat’s famous quotes is: “I thought I saw a Tweety Bird. I did. I did.”

My friends and family find it amusing that I am actually on Twitter. They don’t realize how I am able to interact with the local media on an ongoing basis, keep tabs on my Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) colleagues around the world, stay up-to-date on the local PR industry and follow my favorite sports figures. Twitter also allows me to participate in discussions that sometimes involve HMA clients.

My TweetDeck pales in comparison to most, but for me it’s organized and fits into my own comfort zone.

Abbie: Ah, the joys of Twitter. That ever popular, 140-character communications tool. And for me, that’s exactly what it is, a tool. A very powerful tool, one that provides me with access to some really smart people from all over the world. A tool that lets me share my thoughts and insights on all sorts of things. A tool that has connected me with people right here in Arizona that I should know but didn’t. And a tool that has strengthened relationships with friends and colleagues that I have known for a long time.

Like a lot of people I use TweetDeck to make sense of all of it. It gives me the flexibility to see who I’m following. I use pretty much all the column space available – if TweetDeck adds more columns so will I as some people are so great they really should be in more than one!

Alison: If you know me, you know I am a gossip (Case in point – my weekly Bachelor-related chat-fests with @JeffHechtAZ and @AliDugawABC15). Can’t help it – I see story potential in EVERYTHING, hence my job. I am also nothing if not a burst of creative energy with an attention span that has been dwindled by the couch potatoeing and video gaming of my youth (and last weekend). So for me, my Twitter presence is all about spreading gossip, good news, fun facts, very random topics and spying on people. Basically, it is about being me and all of my split personalities, as long as they are all respectful and helpful to others, of course.

Oh, I am also – like many of us secretly are – always fishing for compliments so I honestly take every RT or #FF as confirmation that I am awesome. And I am.

Thanks to former HMAer @DebPlunk, who I still miss around the office, I was introduced to TweetDeck in early 2009. Never tried anything else. Never wanted to. My columns – PR Peeps, Media Peeps, Media Outlets, Regular Celebs, Reality Celebs, Sports Peeps, Restaurants, Gossip Buds, Mentions, HMA Mentions, Subway (client) Mentions and Direct Messages – keep me up to date on work, play and how to make both better for me and you.

Beth: I was reluctant to jump into the Twittersphere at first (keep in mind this was a year and a half to two years ago), but once I did I never looked back.

I use Twitter for both myself and my clients, so it’s both personal and professional for me. Personally, I use it to take in a lot of information all at once – I can scan the headlines of local, national and international news while simultaneously reading Perez Hilton’s gossip and learning about a new restaurant opening. It’s brilliant! When using it for my clients, I try to engage with followers and other related organizations also using Twitter.

Like the other HMAers, I too use TweetDeck. I’m a visual person, so having the columns organized just so really helps to keep things straight for me. I have columns to organize people, client-related organizations and columns to see what is being said about my clients, or sometimes topics related to them (#ADA was a big one in July). Overall, TweetDeck helps me better sort through the wealth of information on Twitter so I can make it work for me, not against me.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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