Okay, I’m so excited I just have to write this blog post to share my excitement about one of the many uses of Twitter.
Recently I had a nasty meltdown in MS Word 07. See, when my trusty desktop burned out on me last fall, I was forced to pony up for a hot new laptop. (Opted for the HP Pavilion Entertainment PC with 17.5″ screen from Costco. Btw, I can hardly believe all laptops come with glossy screens these days – what’s with that? Very hard on the eyes. I found myself a fab mattifying screen at NuShield).
Of course, the darn thing came pre-installed with Vista even though my PC repair guy warned me that I shouldn’t use Vista for another couple years ’til all the beasties (Scottish for bugs) were squished out. And then when I went to get MS Office, I had to get all new 07.
So far, so good. I haven’t had too many problems… that is until this weirdest thing with Word. Suddenly my mouse went wonky. I couldn’t scroll, select text, double click, open docs from inside Outlook. Yet, Outlook worked fine.
I tried shoving the CD in and selecting repair. I rebooted up the wazoo. All to no avail. I’m in the midst of completing my whopping 200+ page Facebook for Professionals e-book, which forms part of my complete multi-media system, and I just cannot be without all features in Word!
So, this morning (duh, why didn’t I think of this before suffering for days on end?!) – I popped out this tweet to my chirpy buds:
Within minutes – BOOM! I had a slew of replies from my trusty tweeters with a half-dozen suggestions, links, and fixes. My enthusiasm and gratitude bubbles over and I tweet back:
This is just one of scads of fabulous uses of Twitter.
I loved what one of my fave marketing gurus, Seth Godin, said about Twitter recently: it’s in the steady drip, drip, dripping of messages that we can build trust.
She’s [Sarah] consistent. She shows up. She has built a body of work over time, taking her time, that leads to trust.
Publishing your ideas… in books, or on a blog, or in little twits on Twitter… and doing it with patience, over time, is the best way I can think of to lay a foundation for whatever it is you hope to do next.
If you’re still unsure about Twitter – just jump in anyway! Set up an account and start to follow some people you know already. (Follow me here). After a couple weeks, you’ll start to get a holistic sense of your community and each member in it. And you’ll find you have a desire to give and receive support, in many forms.
What are some of your favorite uses of Twitter?