The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I have heard a lot of “Tweets” recently, and it is not bird song. It is the continuous chirping of Twitter, the latest craze in social networking sites. “Twitterers” use the free site to send short messages of 140 characters or fewer to their fellow Twitterers. The Twitter premise is to tell others what you are doing — often.
“Oops, I’m still figuring this Twitter thing out and sorry for posting 500 messages in the last 6 minutes!”
“I have been stuck in traffic for 2 hours and I swear the guy in the car behind me is trimming his nose hair.”
But sometimes I see Tweets being used effectively for marketing purposes, educational announcements and networking.
Jonnelle Marte, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, recently wrote a column “Twitter Yourself a Job,” discussing the possibilities of using Twitter in your job search. Ms. Marte uses Alexa Scordato’s successful job query via Twitter as an example:
Looking for a new job, Alexa Scordato didn’t email or call her contacts about possible openings. Instead, she messaged them via the social-networking Web site Twitter.com.
Her brief message: “Hey there! Looking for a Social Media job up in Boston. Are you guys doing any entry level hires?”
Within a week, she had an interview. Within two weeks, she had a job.
Ms. Marte reminds Twitterers to keep tweets appropriate. The same rule for usage of any social networking sites applies: never tweet anything you would not want your employer, colleagues or friends to see.
So will I be twittering anytime soon? I am still mulling it over. Let’s face it – I am not that interesting. Plus, I usually benefit from having a time lag between my thoughts and actually sharing them. (People who know me well might even suggest that I lengthen that time lag.) I worry that I might look like a “Twit” instead of a “Twitterer.”