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Attracting Friends, Part 2: Twitter



In my last post, Attracting Friends, Part 1, I discussed how to attract friends for your library social networks generally … by doing the hard work. Now on to the specific tools – how do you find and attract friends, as an organization, using Twitter? Here are some ideas:

  • use local services like TwitterLocal or TwitterMap [dead now – removed the link] to discover local twitter users, and subscribe to their feed. Say hi. Interact with them. They won’t friend you if they don’t know you’re there.
  • put a Twitter chicklet on your site. You can use a chicklet that does a specific thing, like TwitterCounter (shows the number of people following you – I have an example on my site), or a generic chicklet/graphic link that simply announces that you use twitter. Go one better, and say “follow me on Twitter” in your link/chicklet. This announces that you’re looking for followers.
  • Does your organization have accounts set up in other social networks, like Facebook, flickr, or YouTube? Mention your Twitter account on those other profile pages.
  • Do local media/businesses use twitter? Connect with them. For example, in Topeka, my twitter friends include some tv news anchors and the general manager of a local news station. Connect with them, and start talking. Others that have connected with them will notice, and maybe follow you.

What am I missing? Please share!

Update: This is part of my slowly-growing series on organization-based friending in social networks. Here’s what I have so far:

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  • http://seavistasoftware.com/ Seavista

    Thanks for the article, good series..TwitterLocal and TwitterMaps were news to me. I’m following you now, feel free to do the same @seavista.

  • http://seavistasoftware.com Seavista

    Thanks for the article, good series..TwitterLocal and TwitterMaps were news to me. I’m following you now, feel free to do the same @seavista.

  • http://www.logblo.com/ dan
  • http://www.logblo.com dan
  • http://acplitslibrarian.wordpress.com/ Melissa Kiser

    Great ideas, David! I also get an RSS feed from Twittersearch; every time a tweet mentions Fort Wayne, it’s sent to my reader.

  • http://acplitslibrarian.wordpress.com Melissa Kiser

    Great ideas, David! I also get an RSS feed from Twittersearch; every time a tweet mentions Fort Wayne, it’s sent to my reader.

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  • http://naturedesignblog.synthasite.com/ philip

    I am signed on to twitter without a single follower. I will apply this technic right away. Main while what’s your twiter name so that I start following you.

    http://twitter/philip_o
    http://naturedesignblog.synthasite.com

  • http://naturedesignblog.synthasite.com philip

    I am signed on to twitter without a single follower. I will apply this technic right away. Main while what’s your twiter name so that I start following you.

    http://twitter/philip_o
    http://naturedesignblog.synthasite.com