What? Twitter has Search?
I don’t know if I should be concerned about this, but Twitter is starting to make sense to me. I just spent an hour listening to Gary Vaynerchuk talking about Twitter (and a lot of other stuff in the keynote of Michael Stelzner’s Social Media Success Summit 2009). Gary talked about how you can use Twitter to find people who are talking about what you’re interested in, starting with Twitter search. Holy crap! When did they put that there!
Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s always been there, but I’m like most people: we have to be told EXACTLY how to use something. So here, exactly, is the piece about Twitter I was missing and did not have the imagination to figure out on my own (actually, I might have had the imagination, but the noise in Twitter made me want to write it off and ignore it: don’t know about you, but I rarely use my imagination on stuff I’m ignoring).
- Type a word or phrase you’d like to talk about into the search box and click on the little magnifying glass icon.
- Scroll through the results until you see something interesting.
- Make a comment: agree, offer something additional, etc.
- If a decent conversation develops, follow that person. They will probably follow you. Now you have a connection with someone with whom you have a common interest.
Search!?! Who knew!?!