Day – 4 November 17, 2009 (Tue): Writing your First Tweets

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 8 Followers: 8 Listed: 0

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 3 – November 16, 2009 (Mon): Read Around

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Here’s my first tweet:

RT @erichnwise: RT @MightyMovie Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others. Groucho Marx #quotes #movies 7:35 PM Nov 14th from CoTweet

You’ll notice several things about this tweet:

  • It’s not really my own, but a retweet. Worse, it’s a retweet of a retweet.
  • I actually tweeted this from CoTweet.
  • Finally, the official first tweet was on day 1.

After this RT, I didn’t begin tweeting in earnest, however, until Day 4. Here’s the first tweet on that day:

@mikemcbride9 Wow! That must have been me tweeting about the #Buffalo #Bills from that site (with a Chicagoan). It was a bad game (wotznew?) 11:06 AM Nov 17th from web in reply to mikemcbride9

Notice once more how I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Don’t blame me for this one, though. I popped on my news Twitter during a morning break to find Mike had followed me on FiduciaryNews.com and I wanted to redirect him to a more appropriate account. I figured Mike didn’t really care about fiduciary news. I also discovered I should avoid even casual tweets to those who do care about fiduciary news. From now on, it’s DM only for them.

I also decided to jump the gun and I followed any “Carosa” I could find in the twitterverse.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 5 – November 18, 2009 (Wed): Start Following

Day 1 – November 14, 2009 (Sat): Sign Up and Settle In

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 0 Followers: 0 Listed: 0

What’s this all about?

Here’s what I did. I actually tried to start a new Twitter using my name. “ChristopherCarosa” had too many characters, so I had to go with “ChrisCarosa” as my username. Having read Joel Comm’s book Twitter Power, I carefully filled out all my profile information.

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Name: Chris Carosa

For my name, I kept “Chris Carosa” just to avoid confusing people. As far as I tell in my internet search, Of all the three-hundred thousand Americans, only three of them can be called “Chris Carosa.” I met the other two – when I was a kid. One is another “Christopher” and the other is a “Christine.” They don’t appear to reside on Twitter.

Location: Mendon, New York

Now the location caused me to think a bit. Most web surfers will have never heard of my town. Still, I am proud of my municipality, having once (hopefully ably) served on its Town Board, so I thought I’d identify it. Furthermore, I figured, since I had the room anyway, I’d spell out the full name of the state. I never served in any elective office for New York State (which probably explains why I still have friends), but I nonetheless have an affinity for the Empire State.

Web: http://chriscarosa.com

It turns out this Twitter username limit helped me avoid a major mistake. My web-site (which I added to Twitter) is “ChrisCarosa.com” and if I had used my full name, my Twitter User Name would not have matched my web-site name. Bewilderment averted.

Bio: Author, speaker, entrepreneur who likes connecting with family, friends and the future and loves Western New York.

My one-line bio proved a bit of a challenge. I’m used to a standard elevator pitch for my business, but this Twitter account isn’t about my business. In fact, being in a highly regulated industry, I’m bending over backward to separate my business activities from my social media activities. So I used a variation on a theme (specifically, Joel Comm’s theme of three). It started as a three and three – what I am and who I want to connect to. I added the “and loves Western New York” when I realized searchers might not know Mendon exists in that region of the state.

Lastly, I added the account to TweetDeck and CoTweet (but not SocialOomph, which I’m determining whether I should continue using.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 2 – November 15, 2009 (Sun): Create Your Background Image