The Best Use of Twitter for Bloggers

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Twitter has grown quickly from being a time-waster to a networking and interactive platform. Some use Twitter as a social networking site (to meet and befriend new people), some use Twitter as a micro-blogging platform (to express ideas in few words) and some others use it for Twitter’s original purpose – “What are you doing?“.

Twitter is useful to different kinds of people in different ways. Bloggers use it to promote blog posts and find new audience and friends, marketers acquaint themselves with like-minded people and promote their products, socializing freaks like Robert Scoble use it to befriend 15k users, and Comcast (@comcastcares) (surprisingly, yes) sets up a Twitter account to receive feedback from their users.

In this post, I’ll be rounding up the various uses of Twitter and justifying why one of them is really the best use of Twitter for bloggers. Of course, we all have our own opinions, so I welcome your thoughts on for/against my views.

Twitter for bloggers: Communicate with anyone, any time

Before the advent of Twitter, bloggers were generally segregated into two – the elite, high-end bloggers who were mostly full-time bloggers and excelled in their work, and the hobbyist or wannabe bloggers who couldn’t quite ‘get there’.

Being popular and having to work hard for long hours, probloggers were generally found lacking in conversations with smaller bloggers. Of course, you may point out some exceptions, but they were just that: exceptions.

Fast-forward to the age of Twitter, and bloggers of any stature are able to communicate with probloggers. The role of Twitter: to provide a level playing field. No longer would you have to spend time commenting on other blogs to get bloggers to notice you and give you a reply. Michael Arrington, Darren Rowse, Chris Garrett, Robert Scoble – they’re all on Twitter and a @tweet away.

Here’s my own experience: I have contacted and/or established acquaintance with Darren Rowse (Problogger.net), Daniel Scocco (Daily Blog Tips), Amit Agarwal (Digital Inspiration) and of course, PChere (this blog) for this guest posting opportunity.

Some benefits of using Twitter as opposed to IM or email:

  • Bloggers can chose to receive tweets when they want. This can be a boon when you’re busy and hurrying to meet deadlines. It is almost like an RSS feed for your instant messages – you chose when to receive content. In other words, it is a ‘pull’ system of communication (where you decide when to get the messages).
  • Bloggers are no longer considered rude if they do not answer immediately. When using instant messaging or emails, most people take offense if you do not reply. However, in the ad-hoc world of Twitter, there are several reasons why someone may not reply: Twitter fails to deliver tweets sometimes, the recipient may be busy (and may miss it when coming back later) and/or both parties may forget.

Ultimately, Twitter’s best use for bloggers comes from the fact that it helps smaller bloggers communicate effectively and clearly, and those who ask questions will be heard, whether you are a no-name blogger, an up-and-coming blogger or a problogger.

This guest article is written by Sumesh, who writes web and software tips at TechZilo.com and about blogging, SEO and WordPress at Blog Creativity. If you write great content, you too can guest blog on QOT.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

6 comments on “The Best Use of Twitter for Bloggers

  1. The Bloggers Times says:

    I have been doing, but didnt get good traffic, then left, now i have to reconsider my decision.

    Thank you

  2. Sumesh from Blog Creativity says:

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to guest blog here, PChere sir. I look forward to submitting a couple more posts in the near future.

    To everyone else, I’m waiting for your comments.

  3. TonNet says:

    I am not tweeting that much, but certainly when I need to find some input or look for promoting something of Ecuadorean interest, I go running to Twitter.

    It’s being recognized that bloggers and journalist perform a different job. However, when in necesity, bloggers also can use Twitter to ‘live blogging’ and create their very own round ups.

  4. Sumesh from Blog Creativity says:

    Interesting comment, TonNet. Yes, Twitter can be a source of useful content.

    I just hope it stays that way, without being a yard of spam :)

  5. Dr.Mani says:

    Having had 2 guest blogs posted to Problogger by making contact with Darren on Twitter, I have a deeper appreciation of what you’re saying about Twitter enhancing connectivity and giving access to otherwise “hard to reach” personalities.

    Nice post.

    All success
    Dr.Mani
    I tweet as ‘drmani’

  6. QuickOnlineTips says:

    I have myself found it much easier to contact the A-list bloggers and actually get a response from them via twitter. Using the contact form on their sites, or emails never got a response back… Twitter truly gets you on the radar.

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