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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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    How to use Twitter to make you smarter and find
    interesting people
    Why Twitter Is
    Dope

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    Disclaimer
    Everything said here is *my* experience with
    Twitter, there are a lots of different
    communities and approaches to using it

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    W H Y T W I T T E R I S D O P E
    Some personal
    facts

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    I…uh…spend a lot of time on it
    WTF????

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    So much so that I
    even have haters

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    It’s become the primary way for
    me to filter news, papers, etc. I’m
    interested in

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    I meet about 50%-60% of new people
    through Twitter
    I usually get coffee/meals/drinks with
    ~1 person per week via Twitter

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    When someone
    asks you how
    you met
    someone and
    you say through
    Twitter

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    W H Y T W I T T E R I S D O P E
    Why You
    Should Use
    Twitter

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    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

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    Making friends is geography agnostic

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    Making friends is geography agnostic

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    Making friends is geography agnostic

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    It’s also “status” agnostic – you have direct
    access to people and mentors you might be
    able to access normally
    lol

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    It lets other people know what topics you’re
    interested in at a given time

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    Twitter is the only social network
    where you don’t bring your existing
    friends/connections with you to start
    Because of that…

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    Twitter gives priority to people’s ideas
    Facebook, Instagram, Snap, etc. gives
    priority to people’s personal life
    updates

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    W H Y T W I T T E R I S D O P E
    Dos and Don’ts

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    DO: Get into other people’s
    conversations and reply with your
    opinions + thoughts
    (THIS IS PRIORITY #1)

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    How it looks when
    you’re tweeting to
    your followers at
    the beginning

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    Other people will start seeing what you write
    when you reply, you don’t need lots of followers

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    DO: Use lists to toggle between
    different topics

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    Build lists to toggle between topics of your
    choice or subscribe to other people’s lists

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    DO: Unfollow people if they aren’t
    tweeting about stuff you like

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    The unfollow button is your best friend

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    Don’t just keep stacking followers, prune as
    your interests change

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    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?

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    DO: Follow the people your
    favorite accounts follow

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    Most underrated
    area is the
    “followers you
    know” area
    If it has a lot of
    people you like, it’s
    a good sign

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    When you find a person you like, see who they
    follow
    Click here to see who they follow

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    DO: Follow people who prioritize
    engaging with their followers

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    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!

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    DON’T: Auto-tweet links

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    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

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    The best part of the platform is
    the conversations, find people
    who take part in that

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    DON’T: Use hashtags

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    It just screams “I’m here to market stuff and get
    as many eyeballs as possible”

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    DON’T: Follow non-people
    (brands, publications, firms, etc.)

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    You probably don’t care about ALL of these
    articles + they aren’t engaging accounts

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    The people you
    follow will be your
    filter. Interesting
    stuff will end up
    in your feed +
    have commentary
    from them too.

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    DO: Follow people with less followers
    They aren’t full of themselves +
    they’re more opinionated, engaging,
    and down to hang

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    DO: Reach out to people via DM

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    It can be the start of
    a beautiful
    friendship + people
    are more down to
    meet than you think
    This is a steakhouse

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    DON’T: Try to get retweets for the
    sake of engagement

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    C’mon…
    You lose respect
    instantly doing this,
    esp from people you
    might want to meet

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    Golden rule: Quality of followers >
    Quantity of followers

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    DON’T: Participate in “outrage”
    twitter or get dragged in a twitter
    fight

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    People
    participating in
    rage twitter are
    not aiming to
    learn or change
    their views, it’s
    not worth your
    time

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    Just ignore trolls
    or people trying to
    bait you into an
    argument
    ???????

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    DON’T: Feel the need to jump into
    whatever the current hot topic of
    discussion is
    You don’t HAVE to have a take

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    DO: Use mute words

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    Mute words let you avoid topics like politics if
    you don’t want to see them

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    DON’T: Be afraid to be wrong

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    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

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    DON’T: Tweet about stuff too
    niche to your life/situation to be
    relatable

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    DON’T: Put “@account” at the very
    very beginning of your tweet

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    Using “@”
    at the very
    beginning
    registers
    as a reply
    to that
    account

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    DON’T: Tweet things like “great
    read” without adding some of your
    own commentary or why

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    DON’T: Be a suckup or constant
    congratulator
    People have enough “yes”
    men/women in their lives, be
    someone that makes them think

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    DO: Find your own style/what
    works for you

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    I like using threads
    and making memes,
    but everyone has their
    own style. Just make
    one that helps you
    find interesting
    people.

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    DON’T: Give up! It’s a slow build

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    And trust me, you’ll
    probably get rekt
    along the way…it’s
    inevitable but you’ll
    learn from it

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    But eventually…you’ll
    find friends, advice,
    news, and more that’ll
    make the investment
    worth while

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    THANK YOU!!!
    Except for this guy

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