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Where's the Dummies Guide To TWITTER-ing?? Help!

So give me an extra hour to sleep in Sunday morning and what do I do? -- I get up at the designated time my pre-programmed brain wakes me at 5:30am except in this case it was an hour earlier.  After making the coffee, placing 2 slices or Organic whole-grain live sprout bread in the toaster and powering up the pc, I prepare to do what every reasonable agent does at this time in the morning, I BLOG. Noticing that AR allows me to "Announce new blog posts on your Twitter feed," my inquiring mind wants to know what is this wonderful thing called TWITTER? First, I look up the word 'twit' -- yep, I did (and for those of you who know me you're shaking your head in agreement) I come to find out that 'to twit' means "to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at."  YIKES! Me? A Twitter?? NO WAY! I am NOT an annoying idiot -- most people think I'm normal actually. But just out of curiosity I'll try it out and determine if this is useful or a complete waste of my time. Twitter claims, "it provides basic updates which are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues-especially when they're timely." Unfortunately, this is of little use to me unless I know of these "timely updates" via a text message.  Otherwise, does an agent really have time to sit in front of a pc all day to get these updates?  For all of you twitterers out there please tell me who do I twit, how do I twit and where do I twit?  Do I twit on my pc, twit from my cell phone, twit in text messages... WHAT?  Are there twitter police that will twitter-cize my twit? And why do I get just one question? "What Are You Doing?" Huh? What if it's something personal? And what is the twitter-quette?  If I block someone did I hurt their twitter feelings? Because that is not what I ever want to do.  You'll either find Twitter to be tweet and twitterrific or completely terrible -- but give it it try because you don't have to be a member to follow people.  Now, that's a litlle umm.. twitterfying!

Twitter-less in Lancaster, PA.

Barbara :)

Update: I no longer twit so please don't send me invites. t/y

Comment balloon 14 commentsBARBARA RIES • November 03 2008 05:38AM

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I never understood the Twitter appeal.  However, yesterday, when I tried to Twit, at the advice of      C Tann-Starr, I found that I was Twitter challenged.  All I could find was a "search" feature that wasn't working. 

Oh well.

I got my vacuuming done instead.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Hi Lenn:  Too funny! I'm figuring Twitter out slowly but with much trepidation!! Thanks for your post! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

I've posted previously about my conflict with the concept of Twitter.  It seems like such an unnecessary display of personal information on the web.  Maybe I'll change my mind but right now, I just don't get the Twitter concept.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) almost 9 years ago

To Twit or Not to Twit, that is the Question!

I am at a loss of the use of Twitter too, I guess the jury is out on this one for now.

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) almost 9 years ago

Barbara, I found a few friends through the college alumni- option but don't want to reach out to my email list as many are strictly business connections. I wish there was a way to check to see what other Realtors are in the group. I'm sure I could find friends and rainers that way, and strike up the conversation with other like minded people. thanks for the question, I'll return to check out others answers to your queries.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 9 years ago

Twitter can be challenging - still is for me.  I have found Twhirl a much more user-friendly interface for Twitter but that's just me.  I will go find you on Twitter, Barbara, I am a great invisible friend and maybe we can get up to speed together!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 9 years ago

Hi Diane:  I know exactly what you mean.  Afterall, what does someone in the UK need to know about little 'ole me in Pennsylvania?? Thanks for your post! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

Karen: Too funny!! I love that!! Thanks for your comment.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hi Steve:  I thought the same thing!!  If everyone in my contact list were sent 'invites' geesh!!.. my phone would be ringing non-stop.  But what a great question!  I'll try to get that answer and add it to the update here. Thanks for your post! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

Leesa:  Great idea! I make a great twit-friend! You can click on my Twitter badge on this blog to "follow BarbaraRies" Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

Barbara - Count me in the category of "I don't quite get it".  Maybe I need to get used to the very public display of what's going on in my life and sharing it with others.  Basically I'm thinking "who cares"?  Most of the time I prefer to be outside or spending face-to-face time with the people in my life.  When the cold weather hits I tend to look for some indoor activities and then I'll get back to Twitter, but until then I'm out and about.  Good luck.

Posted by Lynn Johnson, Owatonna, MN Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Home Connection) almost 9 years ago

Hi Lynn:  Thanks for your comments and quite frankly, me neither. Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

haha! funny blog and posts.  I kinda think of Twitter as a condensed version of LinkedIn.  You get to know people through people that you know. I'm still new at it myself but so far it's interesting and no I don't twit about anything very personal, I keep it rather general.

Posted by Diana Dupre', Behind the scenes making people look great. almost 9 years ago

Hi Diane: I'm learning myself but not feeling too comfortable with sharing my 'whatabouts' with people out there. Thanks for the post! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 9 years ago

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