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.


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