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.
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!
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.