I’m going to predict that the people who know me
are going to LOL when they read this blog because I don’t tweet. This is ironic
because I am a certifiable Internet JUNKIE! For proof of this, I met by best
friends online and talk to them more than the people in my house. And when I do
see my online BFFs in person, we have our
lifeline laptops with us to
feed the monkey when it demands to be fed. (Yes, we've chatted with each other on the Internet while sitting side-by-side. Mmm-hmmm. Nerds, I tell ya.)
But Twitter has never been my thing. I often wonder if I need to be indoctrinated at some social media therapy center so that I can keep my job as marketing communications specialist. Tiffany Winman, feel free to reply with any recommendations here or on my Facebook Wall.
Ahh, Facebook. Definitely more my speed. Perhaps there is a way to tweet via Facebook that I just haven’t learned yet. Tiff?
Ok, ok. So I have tweeted some for Pulse, if not much from my own neglected Twitter account. Tiffany, our social media guru, taught me how to use a few cool tools, like HootSuite, which updates status with Twitter and Facebook at the same time – which I loooove. A working IBMer mom of two littles, I am all about multi-tasking. You know, two tweeting birds: one stone. Check it out if you have the Twitter and/or Facebook Junkie Monkey on your back.
Take from me (or don't): there is no shame in being
clueless as to just what the heck the Twitter fuss is all about. But, if you
are attending Pulse this year, you should care.
This conference is going to be huge. Pulse will be host to over 5000 attendees and feature over 300 client and IBM Business Partner presentations. So while your ticket to Pulse can provide a glimpse of what the near future will look like from the most uber-intelligent Tech and Business experts, you are still going to miss a lot because it is impossible to be in more than one place at a time.
Unless you use Twitter. Twitter is the closest thing to time
travel that we have right now. And if aren't planning to travel to Pulse
the old-fashioned way by plane, you can use Twitter to beam yourself up to Vegas.
First Things First. Get a Twitter Account, Already!
This is painless and only takes a minute. Do it now, K? THX!
Use Hashtags in Your Tweets
Tagging your tweets ensures that your input is included in search results on your subject matter. And you want this. People don’t tweet because they want to be wallflowers. So they use hashtags.
Always wanted to know what a hashtag was but were too busy to Google it? A hashtag is just a tag included inline with your status update.
Twitter tags are called hashtags because they are preceded by the "#" character. The “#” prefix is called the hash (mark) and in Twitter messages it is immediately followed, without a space, by topic or issue you want to tag for others to find. Together, you have a code called a “Hashtag.”
Don’t even ask me why it is a hashtag and not a poundtag. IDK.
Use the following HASHTAGS in your tweets during Pulse:
#ibmpulse #svcmgmt #dyninfra #ibmtivoli #ibmrational #ibmstorage #ibmsecurity #ibmcloud #greenit #tivuser #assetmgmt #maximo #systemz #tivz #taddm #netcool #midmkt #omegamon #tbsm
Here’s an example:
Keep Up With What IBM is Saying During Pulse
Follow these Twitter streams by clicking each of the following links and then clicking Follow.http://twitter.com/ibmpulse