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January 27th, 2009 · 28 Comments

Mike Busson Twitter Page

After months and months of avoiding it like the plague, I have finally done it.

Yes. I have joined Twitter.

I’ve been watching the Twitter story unfold over the last 6-9 months and, to be honest, thought it was all a bit of a laugh. I mean, how on earth can you possibly say anything in 140 characters that you can’t say in a proper blog post? Besides, I was having something of a blogging hiatus anyway so why should I consider it?

I guess the reasons to give it a whirl are because, no matter how much I avoid it, Twitter is here to stay. Well, for the moment, anyway. As someone who likes to try and keep his finger on the pulse of what’s happening on the Internet, it seems crazy that I’ve left it so long. Besides, as part of my long, hard look at online branding, it made sense to secure my name before someone else did.

I have an unusual surname so why should I worry? Well I know of at least two other guys in the UK with the same name as me (yes – I have Googled them both) so I figured it was time to start twittering…or tweeting…or twatting…or whatever it’s called before they did.

I’m off to read up on Twitter etiquette and what have you. In the meanwhile, please feel free to follow me on Twitter and watch me fumble my way around. Who knows? I may even update Twitter more than I do Twenty Steps…

Follow me here: @MikeBusson

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28 responses so far ↓

  • Josh // Jan 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Let me know how it works out for you, because like you I still don’t see the point of it.

    It would be nice to see somebody getting some tangible results from it, rather than just talking about how great it is.

  • Mike // Jan 28, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I guess it all depends on what you’re objectives for joining Twitter are.

    Personally I’ve joined to see what all the hype is about, keep up to speed with what other folks are up to and to potentially use it at a later date to help with promoting projects I’m involved in.

    I guess the key thing is to not just look at Twitter as a marketing tool. If all you do is promote your websites or your products, nobody will follow you. As with websites or blogs, you have to add value and gain trust otherwise you’re going to fail.

    Why not join up and see what all the fuss is about?

  • Amuseline // Jan 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

    We are all in this big Twitting machine now.. But sometimes I think that’s a good thing!) Let’s make this world tighter!

    I’m now following you. You and everyone else can follow me if you like:

  • Mike // Jan 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for following me, Amuseline. I’m still getting to grips with Twitter so you’ll have to be patient with me :)

  • Matt Keegan // Jan 31, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Mike, I joined Twitter some time ago but it was only within the past week or so that I became very active with it.

    So far, I use only on my computer as I am sure that if tweets go to my cell phone, I’ll be whacked accordingly. There is a lot of nonsense on Twitter but then that can be fun.

    Still, I’m not sure that I’m all that interested in what people eat, how they dropped their cell phone in their soup, etc. Some stuff is TMI but there is other news which pops up there fast.

    Tweet away!

  • Mike // Feb 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Yeah I think I’ll leave the cell phone option too. There are enough distractions in my life already without another!

    Thanks for dropping by, Matt, and leaving a comment :)

  • Alan @ Infinity // Feb 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Well, I hope it works out. Twitter never “rang my bell” as something worthwhile to get into, so I would be very interested to hear how you get on with it and if you continue with it.

  • Mike // Feb 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    It’s early doors but I’m enjoying using Twitter at the moment. As I said in my comment above, it all depends on your reasons for using it.

  • mmo // Feb 3, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    hehe I put off joining Tweeter as well but then eventually gave in as well :)

  • Abhijeet // Feb 4, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I had similar dilemma in mind before using Twitter. So I tried to stay away from it for long and recently became active though I was signed up months ago.

    I am seeing that people following me automatically – may be it’s like a ripple effect as they come to know about my profile from people who joined me.

  • Mike // Feb 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    One of the things I’ve noticed is the number of folks who follow you just to see if you have some kind of “auto follow” set up. When you don’t follow them back, they ditch you. It’s a bit sad, really.

  • Jonathan@Friends&Money // Feb 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I haven’t yet given in to the urge to join twitter but I’m now getting cold sweats wondering whether I’ve made a mistake by not joining. Could anyone give a brief overview of it’s benefits or is it just another social bookmarking site which requires loads of time spending on it with very little return in terms of visitor traffic. I would be interested to hear others views…

  • Mike // Feb 7, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Too early for me to give you any constructive advice, Jonathan, and as I’ve said before, I’m not using it to leverage traffic yet but…but…I may try to seed my Tweets with promotional posts at a later date.

    Will let you know :)

  • Jonathan@Friends&Money // Feb 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

    No problem Mike, would be interesting if you could maybe do a follow up post on this in a few months to share your experiences of how you find the site and the traffic it generates.

  • Masajes Reynaldo // Feb 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    A greeting from Spain. Passed by this blog by chance and liked his ma and wave energy. Enjoy your meal and continue. King

  • Clyde // Feb 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I have limited experience with Twitter but, from what I could get out of it when it first came online, I could probably do just as well with other social sites. I guess I should go back and take another look at it because everyone seems to think it’s the rage. I’m not sure why, but I guess you need to try it out honestly before you make any commitments, eh?

  • Mike // Feb 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    @ Jonathan – I’ll definitely be doing a follow up post at some point in the future once I’ve had a chance to play around with Twitter a bit more. Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and get the news hot off the press :)

    @ Masajes Reynaldo – Ermm thanks. I think 😉

    @ Clyde – As I’ve said earlier, it al depends on what you’re looking to get out of it. If it’s purely to push links, try to gain traffic, make aff sales, etc then I can see it has limited appeal. If you’re using to build a brand and you seed your posts with marketing posts then it might work for you. As I said to Jonathan, I’ll report back in a couple of months once I’ve given it a fair go.

  • Sue // Feb 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Try not to get addicted, I’m an recovering twitter addict and all I can say is that the more followers you’ve got, the more you’re twiting. And soon it comes the time when you’re twits are completely pointless and you just send them because you feel the need to send not because you actualy have anything to say. Be careful Mike!

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  • Mike // Feb 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the advice, Sue. Fortunately with only 80 followers I’m keeping relatively sane 😀

  • Alvina // Mar 5, 2009 at 6:48 am

    The focus of the site is on people, what they do and the things going on in their lives. So twitter helps in participating the discussions. Thanks for sharing.

  • Diamondtrend // Mar 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Greetings! That proves an old saying: Never say never!

  • aniroy1986 // Mar 20, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    m not a twitter fan either. but people seems be to be crazy about it. thats why i hav joined several months back to see what people actually do there. but i dont use it that much except updating it with my blog posts.

  • Mikael Rieck // Apr 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Mike, as others have said I too am not seeing the point of Twitter so now that more than 2 months have passed since you joined what is your verdict? Are you getting value for money or is it “just for fun”?

  • Mike // Apr 9, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    It’s a bit of both, to be honest. I’ve potentially picked up some voice over work from someone who found me on Twitter and I’ve made a couple of dollars (literally a couple) as a result of dropping an affiliate link into a tweet. However the real value has come from connecting with people I might never have met online otherwise.

    Initially I added loads of folks from the SEO, SMO and blogging space because I was already familiar with them via their blogs but lately I’ve been adding people related to my film/acting work. This has opened up potential opportunities. These people don’t always maintain blogs so I would not have found them without Twitter. They’ll often link out to information that, again, I might have missed without Twitter.

    Finally I have hardly looked at my RSS feeds since using Twitter on a regular basis. Most of the key stuff I need/want to know I get via Twitter.

    So..ermm..yeah. I reckon I’m getting value for money.

  • Nieruchomosci Gryfino // Apr 27, 2009 at 8:59 am

    That was a mistake Mike. I know I regret the day I first signed up for twitter. I’ve lost so much time in there over the last 2 months… Seriously be careful – it’s very addictive.

  • Francis Medela // Apr 29, 2009 at 6:19 am

    If your into Web Marketing then Twitter is for you, it’s all full of spammers and keyword analyzers. They will follow you if they know your into there market. But anyways, i am not a huge twitter fan, Facebook is even better, still has the same concept, live feeds but with tons of applications.

  • Matt Hayden // May 19, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I can’t quite understand this obsession with Twitter. That’s why I haven’t looked into it.

    From what I can see, all these social networking sites just take up so much time. I don’t think I could get into them even if I wanted to for that reason.

    Still, they do seem to be extremely popular and a great way to market just about anything. So I suppose I’m missing out!


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