What I Learned From Twittering

<p>"<em>The platform we didn't know we needed until we had it</em>" according to Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter. As you may know, on my birthday I wrote a post called "<a href="http://www.mikestenger.com/20-tips-to-succeed-in-anything" target="_blank">20 Tips To Succeed In Anything</a>". In order to gather these tips however, I went through my tweets...</p>

All nearly 12,000 of 'em.

I skimmed through them and picked out the ones that I thought were the best but the interesting thing was looking at how much things have changed since back then. Some of the things I was reading just made me think, "What? I really posted that? Yikes..." and others made me think, "Wow, I really needed some help!". And this was all just within a year of where I'm at now!

But the one thing that really stood out, the thing that I really saw start get the ball rolling was when I started seriously putting in the effort to engage and connect with others. Before it was just a big mess of tweets about new blog posts, about me, and things that I found interesting.

When the engagement started happening, THAT'S when the power of Twitter and what could be accomplished was realized. And things have been accomplished and they will continue to be accomplished when you and I do exactly that.

"Build relationships", "Care about others", "Be a friend". Yes, you've heard them 8 billion times (to be exact) but no matter how cheesy, how weird, or how "how is this going to make me money?", IT WORKS! Point blank, bottom line. If someone tells you otherwise, they're a big fat liar that has no clue what they're talking about.

They say to succeed, you should learn and apply things that are already working and this is one of them. If you'd like to take your social media even further, let's make it happen!

"Do you consistently engage or do you engage far less than you should? If so, what's standing in your way?"