Actually Social Networking – How Quaint

You guys… I slacked last week. I took Friday off and didn’t do the marketing article roundup. It’s not my fault. My sister came over and brought this little guy and he totally overtook my life. Blast! But I can’t look at his cute face forever, so it’s back to the schedule this week!

So far, this week has been a busy one. And following an early morning appointment today, I found it difficult to focus on my mounting task list. That is until I stumbled on the YFE Twitter chat this afternoon.

If you’re not familiar with a Twitter chat, it’s basically a group of people on Twitter who follow a specific hash tag (in this case #YFEchat) to connect over a particular topic (being young, female entrepreneurs). The chat lasted for one hour, with the moderator providing 10 questions to stimulate conversation.

I’ll be honest with you – Twitter chats can be a lot to keep up with. Posts are whizzing by and you want to keep track of all of them. There are a lot of tools to help make the process easier (I like to use TweetDeck with a column dedicated to the hash tag). But, even if you’re organized, you’re bound to miss some information. Even so, you’ll get to connect with a number of like-minded individuals and you’ll actually get to network!

Following the chat, I’ve connected with one woman who I’m looking forward to meeting offline, I’ve identified a designer for some potential work and I’ve even promised to train for a future Olympic curling team (or, at least got to joke about it with a new friend). It’s times like these I actually remember why businesses should be on social networks – for the networking!

I encourage you to research some Twitter chats that might be of interest to you and jump right in. For more resources, check out this document with a list of all kinds of chats.

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About Donna Queza

I'm an optimist grounded in realism. That's what I love about working on the web -- the possibilities to be creative and distinctive are endless, but there's always a need for those reality-driven, data-fueld folks who make our dreams into realities. I like to think I hover somewhere in the middle - creative, quantifiable internet marketing solutions.

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