OK, in light of my blog I posted less than 24 hours ago, I give you the following.
When I was in NY at Inman Connect, I too, was asking the same questions about Twitter. "I just don't get it!", I preached amongst the Tweeters! But alas, I was shown at least one way that makes a little bit of sense on how to operate the site.
I'll share with you what was shared with me and if other 'Tweeters' want to chirp in and explain some other ways on how Twitter helped them and their business or social networking efforts, please do so. This blog can then become a place of reference for real estate professionals to learn one of the newest technological trends in the social world.
Here's what I learned:
Find a person who has master Twitter, go to their account and simply click "follow" on all the people they are following. Since I have already done this you can simply copy mine here. From there, you will be shocked at the number of people who reciprocate and follow you in return. Now, that you have a significant base of followers, every time you blog, be sure to past the link/URL on Twitter and tell people to go there*.
*Since you only get a small amount of space, Shrink this Link is a great site to condense your URL (There are a number of other sites like this as well) Maybe someone else can explain this to me but sometimes, the URL shrinks to "TinyURL.com" on its own in Twitter and sometimes it doesn't.
The final step that was explained to me is a little time consuming but it works! Each time someone follows you, send them a quick, "Thanks for the follow!" This advice was given to me by Lane Bailey...social networking extraordinaire! Believe it or not, this was a great way to open up a line of dialogue between fellow Twitters. I have met several people on Twitter using this piece of advice. Thanks, Lane!
Again, please post any advice you have on how you have mastered Twitter. Thanks!