Monday, October 12, 2009

Who's Following You? Do You Care Who "Follows" You On Twitter?



(Photo Caption: I'm Following The One With Food)


I'm all for Twitter; totally sold on the whole "micro-blogging" thing
after joining late last year. Frankly, I'm amazed at what I'd missed out on in Twitter's wide-open landscape of endless opportunities! My reason for "tweeting"? Simple... Open jobs, Career News and my favorite: Job-seekers and Resumes.

More on what Job-Seekers, Employers & Recruiters can find in the Twitter "gold-mine" in my November post!

For now, I'll stay on the topic of "followers" ...

(Speaking of which, If you're new to Twitter, scroll to the end of my post for two links: "What are Followers" and "Getting Started on Twitter")

Like other "Tweeters", I "follow" to be entertained, enlightened, amused, informed or kept current. Do those I follow know me or even follow me back? Some do.

That got me thinking; Who's following ME on Twitter? Seems important to know my followers, for many reasons. Especially if they are job-seekers, HR/recruiters, Employers or Corporations, etc.

As with any true recruiter, I'm a "people-person" and I find people interesting. I'm curious to know if some one's "looking", what their profession is, do they like their job. Those are the basics up front, until a deeper professional trust is formed. How else can a recruiter reach out to potential talent when recruiting for open positions? They have to get to "know" passive and active job-seekers.

When I first started "tweeting" I wondered how I'd get anything of importance from those seemingly "garbled", 140-character messages, let alone post my open jobs and recruit top talent across The U.S.! Most confusing were "tweet" messages filled with symbols "#" hash mark, RTs, #FFs, @'s and "trending topics"...what were those I wondered? I was clueless!

It all seemed a little weird to me. Worse yet, maybe I'd fallen behind the "power-curve"? Back then, I considered Twitter classes, but hung in there until I figured it out!

Glad I did; now I'm "tweeting" with the best of them! (Well, almost)

Back to my initial question;

Do I "know" who's following me? To some degree, but I didn't get to know them by their "tweets" or some deep, hi-tech, Boolean criteria, Internet search.

Instead, I kept it simple. I visited my follower's home pages and read their personalized Bio's. I'm happy to say that yes, I "know" who my followers are. I know what part of the country they live, their interests and even who else they follow and can even see who their followers are!

Long story short; there's always something new on Twitter, so I'll keep on "Tweeting Jobs & Resumes"!

Happy Networking,

Terry
Tweet with me @ TerryHaII


Links: Getting Started on Twitter & Followers

"What are followers" Getting Started on Twitter courtesy of Twitter Support
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