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A Three-Step Process to Getting Started on Twitter…
1) Sign up; and 2) & 3) Follow Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki
By: Scott McKain
Sep. 7, 2009 11:00 PM
I was in Manhattan a few weeks ago, just finished with a speech and took a moment to check out what was going on with the people I follow on Twitter.
Because Chris had reviewed “Collapse of Distinction,” he and I have shared a dialogue. He’s interesting, smart, funny, and profound. In other words, an extraordinarily cool guy. I noticed that he was having a Tweet-up…an in-person “get-together” for people who follow one another on Twitter…for those who had been a part of a conference where Chris was speaking.
I sent him a Tweet, asking if it would be appropriate for me to come by, even though I was not attending the meeting he was addressing — as I had a speech of my own that same time. Being the nice guy he is, he immediately told me to come by, and he’d buy a drink.
(By the way…just ordered Chris’ new book, “Trust Agents.” I’ll give a review shortly, however, I have NO doubt that it will be one of the most important business books of the year!)
As I entered the bar, I had this overwhelming feeling that I was surrounded by friends I had yet to meet in person. I recognized at least twenty people there…folks that I followed, and followed me, and had Tweeted back and forth. The fact that we had not yet met in the flesh didn’t deter our friendship — to the contrary, Chris’ efforts gave us the luxury of having a face-to-face interaction that enhanced our social media one.
And, I also developed new friendships there that continue to evolve on social media. Meeting folks like @iJustine and @johnbasedow of fitness fame was really terrific! And, it convinced me that there is a primary importance in social media upon that great quality of authenticity. Justine and John are the same terrific people one-on-one that you would presume from reading their Tweets and watching on the Internet.
Fast forward now to the present…
I posted on Twitter early this morning that my Grandmother had just passed away…more as a way to let special friends know that I wouldn’t be Tweeting as frequently as I normally do…and I was subsequently simply overwhelmed with messages of true support and sympathy.
It took me by complete surprise! It’s hard to describe how absolutely wonderful the thoughts and messages were — and what a tremendous support they are to me during an emotional time in my life.
These kind people on Twitter…a vast majority of whom I have yet to meet in person…took the time to share a thought, story, idea, or concern.
You’ll be amazed and overwhelmed at all of the friends that you have yet to meet…
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