How one notification email got me to use Twitter again
Sep. 8, 2016
Gmail’s social inbox is one of my favorite things. Mostly, I use it as a notification-specific spam folder.
Sure, I periodically weed out the good stuff, like my 99U newsletters, which always get stuck there (insert massive sigh here).
And yeah, since I started paying actual, strategic attention to Pinterest (follow me here y’all), I do open my celebratory “your pin kicked ass today!” emails (mostly because any number higher than a zero makes me giddy at the moment).
Today was the first day in, oh, a few years that I bothered to open a Twitter notification. And hot damn, kids, I am so glad I did. It’s changed my whole POV on Twitter. It’s turned my frowny face into a smiley (more on that in a later post). It’s making me feel like that kid in Pay It Forward, before he dies (whoops, spoiler alert).
It made me want to use Twitter again.
(I’m also really feeling the parentheticals today.)
I want to tell you about what happened and why and what I’m planning to do moving forward, but first, I want to discuss where my brain was re: Twitter before this particular notification hit my social inbox.
ZOMG. If we happen to be in the same Facebook groups (you can see which ones I heart here), you’ve probably witnessed at least one of my abbreviated Twitter rants. Here’s the full-length version:
Twitter is the biggest non-social social platform in the entire world.
Until about five years ago, it was a great place for discussions and community building and news gathering. Now, it’s a tangled cluster-fuck of spammy links sent out by business people who don’t give a shit about the people actually reading them.
Twitter is urban sprawl-meets-rush hour every minute of every day. And with every update, it gets worse.
It is over-scheduled, over-optimized, and over-populated, with too few opportunities to cut through the drek and read stuff you actually care about.
It’s nearly impossible to follow conversations, and there are too few people interested in having conversations there, anyway.
Verdict: Thumbs down. Way, way down. Never would I ever again use Twitter.
Today has been a great day. I went to the dentist and got my snaggle tooth fixed. I went out to lunch and got a piece of chocolate cake to make up for my balsamic-drenched salad.
Then, I opened up my social inbox on Gmail and found this:
— Laura @ The BaBM (@badassbizmums) September 7, 2016
It’s a tweet from someone I don’t know linking to my blog post on how a mission statement can help businesses build momentum.
Maybe I’m premenstrual, but I’m just so…touched. When you’re a small business owner who more often than not feels unheard and unnoticed, it’s the tiny things that puff up your self-esteem and keep you grinding away.
This tweet was my tiny thing. I’m touched and grateful and holy crap I’m tearing up really proud that this stranger thought my work was good enough to share with her followers.
And you know what? I want to pay that feeling forward.
My new Twitter strategy will revolve around creating one-on-one interactions between SeeBrittWrite and other online bosses.
Though I will admit to enjoying the odd Twitter chat every so often, I’m largely giving up on the dream of using Twitter as a community builder or a traffic driver.
If I’m going to use Twitter again, I’m going to push my values and my mission, not my occasionally desperate desire to boost my Google Analytics. Right now, I’m more interested in using it to delight, assist, and motivate potential readers and customers, and to gain a little good will in the wide world of online business.
I plan to:
My goals are four-fold:
And you know what? I’m kind of excited about it.
(I know. I didn’t see it coming either!)
Want to join me on Twitter and spread some joy? I’m @seebrittwrite, per usual. See you there!