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Trouble Understanding Twitter???

Still Having Trouble Understanding What Twitter Is?

Twitter is a social network. Everyone when first presented with Twitter doesn't get it!
The point to it is to meet people, to let them get to know you, to widen your sphere, to close business. If you get into Twitter, you'll meet lots of people, some of whom are also on various blogs, which you’ll want to follow. Eventually, you can schedule a meeting with all your local Twitterers for coffee, or drinks, and conversation. This is called a Tweet-up. This activity is expanding your sphere, and with that you might just close some transactions.
If You Love Active Rain
If you like the interaction you get on Active Rain (AR), then you'll enjoy Twitter. The differences between the two is that with Twitter you have to do it in 140 characters or less, and, here’s the important part, Twitter is open to any and everyone, not just real estate professionals. There in lies the business. Twitter feeds into your funnel.
Social Networking
There are a lot of Social Networking sites on the web. And some people I have personally met, are actually doing business from it them. A lot of the social networking sites are blogs, like AR. AR is free, and is a really great place to start blogging. Facebook (FB) is another social networking site that is free. LinkedIn, also free, is a site designed to help you link-up with people. LinkedIn is like that game, Six Degrees of Separation, or the Kevin Bacon game. Are you familiar with that? My Space and YouTube are also socal networking sites. My Space is a site for personal promotion. YouTube, you will find as you become more experience is helpful in blogging.
There are many free blogs, besides AR, that you or anyone else can set up, i.e., WordPad, or my favorite, because of easy of use, is Blogger. Check these out, read a few of them, you can even subscribe to some of them, having it delivered directly to you email inbox, or in reader, like Google Reader. A nice aspect about these blogs is that you can have your blog feed to FB, Twitter and others, reaching many more people than those that regularly read your blog.
Where to Start? 
How do you use these social networking sites? Participate in AR and grow a following. Then populate LinkedIn, by adding as many people as you can to your site. Wshile therem identify your blog so your friends and collegues will know about it. Then, move as many of these people as possible into Facebook, where your blog is automatically uploaded. And, finally, post it to Twitter. After you have local followers and established yourself, schedule the Twitter-up. Ypu'll be meeting with locals that already like you because you have been "talking" with them on the internet, and posting stuff about your business and yourself for a while now.
Important Warnings
  • If you don’t like writing, then blogging probably isn’t for you!
  • If you do decide to blog, you'll need to drive traffic to your sites.
  • When you do become active in these social networking sites, you’ll want to just be yourself. Share with others, and read what others are saying. Participate as you do in your current sphere of influence using common sense, Golden Rule interactions.
More Reading on the Topic
There's a book that's just come out that might help you. The name of it is Tribes, the author is Seth Godin. It's about leadership, but it also talks about Twitter, and how everyone on Twitter is a leader and how to get more followers and widen your funnel.
I hope this has been helpful to you. I'm sure there are aspects of social networks I left out that you will discover for yourself or by reading other blogs. Remember to have fun and not to stress over any of it.


Marianne Snygg, GRI, ABR, ASP
Broker Associate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

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Colorado Springs and Monument Real Estate

Comment balloon 9 commentsMarianne Snygg • November 20 2008 02:48PM


I have never heard about twitter.  Will put that on my list of things to do. 

Posted by Paul Chavez, Albuquerque Realtor, NM EcoBroker, and General Contractor (Earth Origins Realty) about 12 years ago

Paul: When you get a Twitter ID, search for me, @mcsnygg, add my followings, or only the ones you like, to follow yourself, and you'll be all set to go!

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 12 years ago

MS - thank you!  I have a friend who I just got onto Twitter.  I'll forward your blog to her.  See you soon!

Posted by Anonymous about 12 years ago

Thank you, who ever you are...

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Marianne - I started Twitter recently.  I think I have it all figured out...I'm not sure if I actually like it though.

Posted by Chastity Guevara (Camelot's Quest Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi Marianne - Because of the 140-character limit, I think Twitter actually speeds up the process  in getting to know and conncting with people. I've made a lot of great contacts on Twitter that I might not have found anywhere else online.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 12 years ago

Chastity: How are you??? What's your Twitter ID? Catch me when I'm there and I'll show you how to make it very exciting!

John: You are right! What's cool about the 140 characters is that NO ONE can get long winded! Love that! Do I have your Twitter ID? I'd like to follow you.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Marianne - Thanks for spreading the news. I'm now following you - @TomPlant

Posted by Tom Plant ( almost 12 years ago

John: Back atcha! Thanks for the help today.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

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