Reach outRecently I wrote a post about “reaching out” in a variety of ways such a mastermind groups and trusted advisors in order to get feedback, inspiration and access to “thinking partners” for your business or career. Social media sites can be also be a way to reach out for in the moment assistance.

Early in January I posted a question on Twitter, a microblogging site, about sources of inspiration for writing. This question arose from a conversation with someone who was contemplating whether a blog would be of benefit for her business. One of her concerns was the relentlessness of the pressure to make regular posts. I was curious how other people managed to maintain their inspiration so I asked the question below and had an almost immediate response.

Any tips for blog writing for someone who is better at responding to a direct question than writing when staring at a blank screen? 8:04 PM Jan 4th from web

TammyRedmon @sandymcmullen Try this, type out the question you are going to answer on paper 2 start the dialog. It’s no different on paper vs. 1 on 1 10:18 PM Jan 4th from TweetDeck in reply to SandyMcMullen

Ramona_W @sandymcmullen Writing Fix has lots of tools including writing prompts. Writingfix.org? 8:33 PM Jan 4th from mobile web in reply to SandyMcMullen

coffee_offline @sandymcmullen In your writing respond to questions, such as those you find on Twitter or in your inbox, and voila, 2 birds 1 stone. 8:30 PM Jan 4th from web in reply to SandyMcMullen

shannoncherry @sandymcmullen blog a question, then answer it. 8:17 PM Jan 4th from twitterrific in reply to SandyMcMullen

shellykfleming @sandymcmullen I strongly recommend reading blogs of @problogger & @chrisbrogan. they give freely lots of tips for blogging and other pearls 11:02 PM Jan 4th from web in reply to SandyMcMullen

Denise Wakeman and Patsi Krakoff of the Blog Squad talk about Twitter as being like having an online Rolodex. People have different strategies and approaches to social media with some people focusing on following others who might be experts in their field and/or in their target market while others are open to following people with a wide diversity of interests and experience. In either case, but especially if you cast your net wide, any request for help is going to get you answers from sources that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Part of why and how this works is that as a general principle Social media sites are built on the premis of participation and giving… first be of service and provide information so that you build your reputation.

Many of the conferences that I attend and courses that I take in the area of coaching and leadership seem to have a high percentage of people with a preference for Intuition. Answers to questions from people with different preferences help to give me a perspective that includes aspects that I might be blind to. An ISTJ, for instance,  will help me stay with the specifics and the steps involved to get a result before going on to something else that is also on my mind.

Twitter is the home of SEO experts, moms who are yoga queens, athletes, astronauts, poets, painters, internet marketers, foodies and seekers to name but a few. Now that’s a rolodex that is a great resource. What is the best tip or advice that you have received by reaching out on Twitter?

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2 Responses to “Twitter is like having your own online rolodex”

Tess Giles January 27, 2009

As a relative newcomer (a few weeks) to Twitter, I’m blown away by the potential. That’s how I stumbled across you, after all, Sandy!!

It took me a while to understand it – in some ways it’s kind of like stepping off the roadside into traffic with your eyes shut. Darren Rowse’s newst blog, Twitips, is enormously helpful getting to grips with the Twitter environment.

To me Twitter is a kind of supercharged way of crossing boundaries. On my blog, I write about spirituality and interfaith stuff, and therefore people who comment tend to be interested in the same topics. Same with the blogs I love to read and comment on in turn.

But of course I’m interested in absolutely loads of things, and following down various Twitter links is a really fast way of finding a wider community.

In fact I’m consciously holding back a little bit following more people because I could easily see Twitter swallowing my whole life!!

Sandy McMullen January 27, 2009

I know exactly what you mean. It’s like so many things that you just have to try to “get”. @thembti did an informal survey and npople with a prefernce for Sensing were the lowest adopters of using Twitter. The struck a chord with me as the one thing that I say about Twitter is that how I use it is very Intuitive.

Two things that have helped me with managing time and how I focus my attention on Twitter are Tweetdeck and Search. On Tweetdeck I have several groups set up that I can scan. I also use Search and the Tweetlater search to find people who are discussing things of interest.

Mari Smith and Denise Wakeman/Patsi Krakoff are people that I know and trust – they have been enormously helpful –

Have fun in the Twitterverse – without it we wouldn’t have had a chance to sauy Hello