I'm On Twitter! Tue 30 Dec 08
It's official, I'm now on Twitter (MikeSchaffner)! I've been thinking about doing it for some time but to be honest I've been holding back because a lot of it seemed to put it simply, inane. I really don't care what TV show someone is watching nor can I figure out why someone would care what show I'm watching or even what would ever make me think that someone might care.
However, things have come together to change my view due to two good friends, Jason Alba and Kent Blumberg. Jason runs JibberJobber, a Career Management 2.0 tool and blogs regularly about career management. A few days ago he wrote "Okay, I’m Sold On Twitter" explaining why he thought Twitter was a great tool in your career management. Then today he had announced his December Personal Branding Winner of the Month - Warren Sukernek which included some pretty compelling reasons on why it makes sense to use Twitter.
To top it all off I had a phone conversation with Kent Blumberg today. I met Kent during my job search and he is the one that introduced me to Jason. Kent is a fantastic executive coach so if you in need of a coach for your career (note I said career and not just job search) give Kent a call. Kent is also the one that got me started on blogging so I alternate between loving him and damning him depending on how the blog writing is going. During our conversation he reiterated the benefits and explained that it if someone is blathering you can simply stop following them and that I can Tweet as much or as little as I care to. He closed the deal, I'm in!
So from this point I'll start using Twitter. When I signed up I got set up to follow both Jason and Kent who quickly reciprocated and I also put Twitter in my sidebar. Interestingly enough within in a few minutes I had my first follower that I didn't even know. Amazing! I promise to keep to try to be interesting and keep the inane out of it. But if you don't like it blame Jason and Kent - I will (just kidding). If you're so inclined I be pleased to have you follow me on Twitter (MikeSchaffner)