Twitter As A Research Tool - Some Tips
I’ve been exploring how Twitter could be used as a business tool. It’s been interesting learning from others and observing how they use it too. Laura Spencer of Business and Blogging and Work From Home Momma has been using Twitter as a research tool.
She posed questions (tweets) in the Twitter conversation thread about co-working, the drawbacks of working at home and the benefits of working at home over a number of days.
As Laura is a regular member of the Twitter community, she received some great feedback. The Twitter feedback (or tweets) made their way into some enlightening and interesting posts as a roundup at Laura’s Work From Home Momma blog.
- 10 Benefits Of Working From Home
- 8 Drawbacks Of Working From Home
- Is co-working the next stage of telecommuting?
Use Twitter For Researching e.g.
- a book
- a blog post
- a magazine or newspaper article
- background for an interview
- a podcast
- a business idea
- a marketing problem
- resource recommendations
- any others?
Some Twitter Research Tips
Become an active member of the Twitter community. People are more likely to give you feedback if they have interacted with you before, and if you give as well as ask.
- Follow people who are involved in the area you want to research
- Keep your question clear, simple and open ended
- Follow up with other prompts to keep the conversation going
- Don’t be intrusive or pushy… a fine balance with wanting to keep the ball rolling
- Don’t flog a dead horse. If no one is interested, just leave it. Twitter is for social interaction too.
- Don’t only use Twitter to ask for help. Be sure to help others too and balance business with something lighter
- Any other suggestions?
Do you have questions about Twitter? I’m just exploring too, but maybe we can learn from each other.
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