I tweeted on the rock last week, and the response I got was worth blogging about.
I was in Newfoundland checking out the startup scene, and while I was there I tweeted a simple 102 character comment on my iPad:
“In Newfoundland this week checking out the tech start up scene out east – hoping I don’t get screeched”
My tweets are synched up with LinkedIn, so faster than you can say “Long may your big jib draw”, I had two people reach out to me.
- Contact #1 from Toronto offered to set up a meeting for me with her associate that works out there in NL to tell me about what they’re seeing out East in tech
- Contact #2 mentioned he was going to be out East at the same time and offered to meet up
I’m often asked by those outside the industry (and within the industry) if I find value in tools like Twitter and LinkedIn, so here is my response: “Yes”. I would not have even thought to reach out to those who reached out to me. The value here was discovering connections and opportunities to connect that I didn’t know were available to me or that I’d forgotten about, and thanks to my network on Twitter and LinkedIn, I was able to identify those opportunities in less than an hour…and all I had to do was take 10 seconds to let others know what I was up to through a simple Tweet.
Just remember, tweeting to your 500+ LinkedIn and Twitter network that you’re in NL for the first time kinda makes you a target for getting screeched, or so I’ve heard.