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Why Twitter Is Dope And How To Use It

Why Twitter Is Dope And How To Use It

I've met some of the smartest and most interesting people I know through twitter. I talk about why I invested time in it and what has worked for me.

Nikhil Krishnan

March 27, 2018

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  1. 1 How to use Twitter to make you smarter and

    find interesting people Why Twitter Is Dope
  2. 2 2 Disclaimer Everything said here is *my* experience with

    Twitter, there are a lots of different communities and approaches to using it
  3. 3 W H Y T W I T T E

    R I S D O P E Some personal facts
  4. 6 6 It’s become the primary way for me to

    filter news, papers, etc. I’m interested in
  5. 7 7 I meet about 50%-60% of new people through

    Twitter I usually get coffee/meals/drinks with ~1 person per week via Twitter
  6. 9 W H Y T W I T T E

    R I S D O P E Why You Should Use Twitter
  7. 10 It’s a new way to make friends + networks

    The Regular Way People Make Friends 1 Proximity 2 Discovering mutual interests (conversations) 3 Repeated interactions The Twitter Way To Make Friends 1 Proximity 2 Discovering mutual interests (conversations) 3 Repeated interactions
  8. 14 It’s also “status” agnostic – you have direct access

    to people and mentors you might be able to access normally lol
  9. 16 16 Twitter is the only social network where you

    don’t bring your existing friends/connections with you to start Because of that…
  10. 17 17 Twitter gives priority to people’s ideas Facebook, Instagram,

    Snap, etc. gives priority to people’s personal life updates
  11. 18 W H Y T W I T T E

    R I S D O P E Dos and Don’ts
  12. 19 19 DO: Get into other people’s conversations and reply

    with your opinions + thoughts (THIS IS PRIORITY #1)
  13. 21 Other people will start seeing what you write when

    you reply, you don’t need lots of followers
  14. 23 Build lists to toggle between topics of your choice

    or subscribe to other people’s lists
  15. 27 27 Twitter is one of the only places where

    it’s totally normal to remove a connection - which is why your feed stays relevant How often do you remove friends from FB even if you’re not friends with them anymore?
  16. 29 Most underrated area is the “followers you know” area

    If it has a lot of people you like, it’s a good sign
  17. 30 When you find a person you like, see who

    they follow Click here to see who they follow
  18. 32 Click on “tweets & replies”. Good rule of thumb

    is at least 2:1 tweets to replies in the last 10 tweets (ballpark). More is better!
  19. 34 If it’s all buff.ly, bit.ly, etc. links avoid! Auto-tweeting

    links is akin to spam and signals you don’t want to converse
  20. 35 35 The best part of the platform is the

    conversations, find people who take part in that
  21. 37 It just screams “I’m here to market stuff and

    get as many eyeballs as possible”
  22. 40 The people you follow will be your filter. Interesting

    stuff will end up in your feed + have commentary from them too.
  23. 41 41 DO: Follow people with less followers They aren’t

    full of themselves + they’re more opinionated, engaging, and down to hang
  24. 43 It can be the start of a beautiful friendship

    + people are more down to meet than you think This is a steakhouse
  25. 48 People participating in rage twitter are not aiming to

    learn or change their views, it’s not worth your time
  26. 50 50 DON’T: Feel the need to jump into whatever

    the current hot topic of discussion is You don’t HAVE to have a take
  27. 54 People will call you out for being wrong –

    and you’ll learn! Imagine how long it would take to find out you were wrong if you kept it to yourself
  28. 60 60 DON’T: Be a suckup or constant congratulator People

    have enough “yes” men/women in their lives, be someone that makes them think
  29. 62 I like using threads and making memes, but everyone

    has their own style. Just make one that helps you find interesting people.
  30. 64 And trust me, you’ll probably get rekt along the

    way…it’s inevitable but you’ll learn from it