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Why Do You Have a Twitter Account? (Pls RT)

The more I talk to people, the more reasons I hear.

Will you please share in the comments below:

1. When did you join Twitter?
2. What/who prompted you to sign up?
3. What do you Tweet about?
4. Do you have a “goal” for using Twitter (personal, professional, business, social outlet…)
5. What is the most valuable thing about Twitter, for you?

Anything else about your time on Twitter you would like to share …

Thank you for your time and for sharing your thoughts!

Three Rules for Success for Blogging, Facebook and Twitter

At MEGA CAMP 2010 I am asked what I believe to be the 3 rules of success for blogging, Facebook and Twitter. Of course there are tons of great rules, tips and tricks, but here are my top 3 for each.

BLOGGING:

1. Write about real estate in your area/niche. People (and Google) come to a local real estate blog to read and learn about local real estate. With very little exception, your blog should ONLY be about real estate in your area/niche.

2. Write in the language used by your target audience. Use the verbiage they would use and cover the topics they would find interesting and educational. If your target audience is investors, there is no reason to talk about first time home buyer loan programs. If your target audience is short sale sellers, there is no reason to talk about the luxury home market (unless your target market is luxury short sale sellers).

3. Be consistent. Time block your internet lead generation efforts. If you can only write once a week, then always write once a week. Writing a bunch, then nothing then a little then nothing will only frustrate your regular readers, and Google.

*If you are a Keller Williams agent and are interested in some intensive real estate blog coaching, I am coaching a new 12-week blog coaching session this month. Register for Blog Coaching Here.

>> My Blog: Colorado Springs Real Estate Connection

FACEBOOK:

1. Find your happy medium in what you choose to share. There is plenty of grey area. Private people will share less and you High I’s and D’s will share more. However, for the most part, keep your “business” to your business page. People want to be your friend of facebook because they want to be YOUR friend (or stalk you). If they want to know more about your business, then they will join your business page.

2. Remember that almost anyone can read what you are posting and post accordingly. Avoid extremely personal, religious or political posts, unless you are ok with hundreds of people you “kind of” know reading about it… And when in doubt, if you can’t be “interesting”, at least be sincere.

3. Interact. Make an effort to comment on your friends statuses, “like” their pictures, etc. It will mean the world to them, and is a great tool to incorporate into your 33 Touch.

>> My Facebook: Mariana Wagner (personal)
>> My Facebook: Mariana Wagner (professional)
>> My Facebook: Wagner iTeam (business)

TWITTER:

1. Twitter is NOT just a bulletin board. Do not only post links to your blog. No one wants to follow someone who does this and if no one is following you, then what is the point of even having an account?

2. Interact demographically and locally. Be a part of the conversation with people who you not only enjoy communicating with, but also who may eventually want to do business with or refer business to you.

3. Take the conversation off line. Solidify your Twitter friendships by attending local “tweet-ups” and by visiting the local businesses that you follow on Twitter, and meeting the owners.

>> My Twitter: @mizzle

These are some great guidelines for being successful online. And when in doubt, LURK – spend time watching how others are operating online. This will give you a good idea what will and will not work for you.

Read Also: 5 Rules for Professional Social Networking

How to Be Snapshot Social Mediaist … in Three Easy Steps

Hi. My name is Mariana Wagner. I am a Snapshot Social Mediaist.

Social Media Snaphot

People often ask,

“You have over 1,000 friends on Facebook and over 3,500 people follow you* on Twitter. How do you POSSIBLY keep up?!?”

Well, to put it plainly… I don’t keep up. Nor do I even try.

I am called, what I have recently dubbed myself as, a “Snapshot Social Mediaist”.

Basically, when I have a few minutes here or there, I may log into Facebook or Twitter, post a status update and see what is going on. I do NOT, however, spend countless hours reading what everyone has to say out of some unknown and unjustified obligation to be “on top” of everything.

(I have plenty of other things to help me get less done.)

If this sounds like something that you would like to try, check out these 3 easy steps. Or don’t. I really don’t care.

Step One: Use your scroll button but do NOT click on the “next” or “more” links.

If it was SO FRICKEN IMPORTANT, it will be re-tweeted, shared, emailed, posted on your wall by a friend, etc. Limiting yourself to that one page, allows you to get a … SNAPSHOT of what is going on NOW. Which is all that really matters anyway.

If there is a person that you particularly like to keep tabs on (like your teenage son with way too many girlfriends …) then pop over to their page, directly.

Step Two: Take advantage of the “Top News” feature on Facebook (that feature that intuitively shows you the posts from your favorite friends) and the “List” feature on Twitter. This allows you to get a … SNAPSHOT of what your actual friends are up to.

Step Three: Filter.

Take full advantage of the “HIDE” function on Facebook to hide your annoying friends or those “mercy” friendships you have found yourself in – without them ever knowing! This gives you the freedom to only see what you WANT to see on your Facebook wall.

Un-follow people on Twitter that only add to the NOISE. Chances are (unless they are a stalker), they will never know that you un-followed them.

Just because you enjoy social media, does NOT obligate you to drown yourself in “catching up”. Remember when “catching up” was once every few months … or years? I highly doubt missing a few HOURS or DAYS is going to ruin any friendships.

So, in this over-stimulated and over-connected world, becoming a Snapshot Social Mediaist will only make your life more sane. Trust me.

*By the way, I really don’t care how many people follow me on Twitter. What matters is who I choose to follow. I happen to follow about 1,500 people- most of whom do not Tweet regularly at all and the ones who DO are worth my time. Therefore, my Twitter stream is not cluttered by excessive nonsense.