Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy

4 years and 30,000 tweets later

Photo from Flickr by: miss_rogueToday is my 4th anniversary on Twitter.

This is a big deal to me. It may seem silly to you, but it’s been quite a ride.

On Feb 18, 2007, I answered the question: What Are You Doing? by saying that I was putting my son, Sam, to bed. That was how it started.

Unfortunately, I can’t dig deep enough into Twitter’s archives to find the first tweets. However, I know that the first person I followed was C.C. Chapman. I’ve written about C.C. many times, he’s truly an inspiring guy and one who I am proud to call a friend.

Who did you first follow? Are you still friends today? Have you met in person?

Photo from Flickr by: Laughing SquidI wish I could find who else I was following back in February 2007. I know @julien was one of them, because he’s my favorite early adopter.

Back in 2007, Julien Smith was a Montreal based podcaster, C.C. also a podcaster. There’s a connection here, because I was also an early podcaster.

I should add that both Julien and C.C. are now published authors. How cool is that?! They both are amazing bloggers and thinkers who you should subscribe to!

Digging Deeper

Digging a little deeper using TweetStats, I see that the people I have tweeted with the most over the years are: @cc_chapman, @chrisbrogan, @sleepydad, @SuzeMuse, @adelemcalear, @nicholaswyoung, @chrisennis, @MariAdkins, @randymatheson, @johncpiercy. I dedicate this post to you guys too.

Using First Five Followers I learned that my friends: @bobgoyetche, @markblevis, @andycaster, @mitchjoel, and @ccadenhead were my first followers. I’m honored by this because each of these people are incredibly inspiring to me. You should follow them all!

Lessons learned

Back up your Twitter feed. Import the RSS feed from your Twitter account to a Tumblr account, so that your tweets are safe and searchable. Use TweetTake to backup your Twitter account from time to time too.

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Don’t depend on just one social networking site. I was suddenly locked out of my Twitter account once. It was all a mix up, but it was shocking enough to make me realize that one mistake could permanently disconnect you from your friends. Listen to this.

Photo from Flickr by: HjemDon’t forget your roots!

Every so often take a moment to look back at your history, use the Wayback Machine. Reach out to those older Twitter friends to say hello.

I have to say that I love Twitter now more than ever, but it wouldn’t be the same without YOU (unless you’re a spambot, in which case disregard that).

Thanks for following me, but more importantly, thanks for tweeting to me and direct messaging me. I love hearing from you.

Who knows where Twitter will be in four more years, but I hope you stay in touch as we see what the future unfolds. My friend, @ldpodcast, has a fantastic post from yesterday about Twitter then and now.

Thanks to all of my friends. For the laughs, knowledge and support!

What lessons have you learned using Twitter?

Screenshots from Flickr by: miss_rogue, Laughing Squid and Hjem. Thanks for capturing (and sharing) history.

Dave

http://www.davemadethat.com

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  • Happy Anniversary Dave! I too, have my 4th Twitter Anniversary this weekend. 4 years ago tomorrow, I walked in off the street to Ryerson University, to check out an event I’d heard about (but knew NOTHING about) called Podcamp Toronto. We were welcomed warmly at the door by two guys named Chris (who I later learned had the last names of “Brogan” and “Penn”). One of them was wearing a T-shirt that said “Free Hugs”. Needless to say, I got a free hug. :)

    As the weekend went on, I met some other people, like Mark Blevis, Bob Goyetche, and Scarborough Dude, who I’m now honoured to also call good friends.

    I first got on Twitter that weekend too, and I think you, Dave, were also one of the first people I followed.

    4 years later, my life is very different. Not only has social media allowed me to meet and become friends with (and do business with) some truly remarkable people like yourself, but I am now making a living off of what I’ve learned about social media and helping others to learn how to take advantage of all of the wonderful things it has to offer.

    You never forget your roots. I’m forever grateful to all of my original social media friends, for welcoming me with open arms (literally) to this community, for their great friendship, and for teaching me so much.

    Cheers to us!

  • Happy 4th anniversary! You are one of my Twitter and blogging role models.

    – @frenchlaf

  • Congrats Dave on your 4 th Anniversary ,, Ive met up with you a few times for a pint In TO .. always had a great chat and great stories … thanks to twitter , it gave me the opportunity to meet you … cheers to you hope we can meet for a Pint in TO soon

  • Congrats Dave on your 4 th Anniversary ,, Ive met up with you a few times for a pint In TO .. always had a great chat and great stories … thanks to twitter , it gave me the opportunity to meet you … cheers to you hope we can meet for a Pint in TO soon

  • Congrats! My four year mark is approaching soon as well. It’s crazy to think about. Love the post, following you and continuing to do so!

  • Charles

    OMG I’m honored to be grouped with Mitch, Bob, Mark and Andy – all of them (yes, even you Andy) are movers and shakers in their fields.
    Congrats on your 4 years of tweetting, has it really been that long!??! I think I’m feeling old and a good suggestion about backing up, I’m off to back up mine account. Cheers!

  • Charles

    OMG I’m honored to be grouped with Mitch, Bob, Mark and Andy – all of them (yes, even you Andy) are movers and shakers in their fields.
    Congrats on your 4 years of tweetting, has it really been that long!??! I think I’m feeling old and a good suggestion about backing up, I’m off to back up mine account. Cheers!

  • dang thing didn’t sign me in! lol Let’s see if this works…..

  • dang thing didn’t sign me in! lol Let’s see if this works…..

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  • Thanks for sharing this. It’s funny how our little micro-blogging service has helped to shape our careers. It certainly has for me, but the friendships that have been born from it are totally invaluable to me.

    You rock BTW! Thanks.

  • Thanks Lisa, that’s sweet of you to say.

  • i hope to be back in Toronto sooner than later John. I will for sure in early July, so I’ll plan a tweet up again, so we can all hang out.

    Thanks man. Be safe out there.

  • Thanks Tessa. Are you coming to PodCamp Nashville on March 26th? You should head to Nashvegas, it would be great to see you again soon.

    Cheers!

  • Time sure flies, eh?
    How things Charles? Gosh, it’s been a long time.

  • Keep me posted. Thanks.

  • Glad I saw Chris Brogan’s tweet this morning about the “cry-in” (I went back through, and now I get it, thanks to @julien for starting that joke). It led me to interact with you and now, to read this. I’m new to twitter-only joined Aug 2010 and my first ever tweet, thank god I went back and screencapped it, was: “Finally caved and got a twitter account. Not sure what to do with it.” HAHA.. six months, 9,538 tweets, and 1000+ followers later? I still have NO idea what to do with it. But I know I’m obsessed!

    So, I’m glad to know you “old timers.” Thanks for the advice on the RSS and all that stuff- I may talk to you about that later because I am desperate to start documenting this & keeping records now that it’s off and running. I need the help & advice! In many ways I’m still a newbie. But learning fast! Happy anniversary, and may the next twitter year hold many more adventures. And pillowfights ;)

    @jackinessity
    Jackie Coughlan

  • Thanks Jackie!
    It’s funny to remember a time before RTs, hashtags and fail whales.

    Let me know of you need help with the archiving.

    Cheers!

  • My first five followers for @bradblackman are @barcampnash, @marinamartin, @artistvictoriac, @davedelaney, and @allenfuller. I’m not sure all that counts though since @chrome47 was my first account, which I had a lot longer.

  • Huh. My @chrome47 account passed the 4-year mark last week. My first followers were @johnedwards, @skincare101 (my wife!), @ambermac, @_FakeSteveJobs @hillarygayle.

  • It’s been forever. Things are going well. Fred’s in HS and talking about college and the little dude isn’t so little anymore. He’s been talking about learning the programming language Alice. I mentioned this post to Diane by referring to you as the beer guy! lol :) She still talks about Podcasters Across Borders.

  • Beer guy, eh? :)
    Well I’m happy to hear you’re all well.

    Keep in touch!

  • Happy Twitterversary!

  • Thanks Jeff!

  • Whoa! This should have been approved automatically. I’m sorry it wasn’t Adele.
    I feel the same way as you do. It’s like we’re relics, eh? :D

  • bradblackman

    Bump! It’s hard to believe we’ve been on Twitter for so long. Now you’re at 75.1K tweets. I’m only at 29.2K! Time flies.