Twitter Survey for Two Way Communication

I have always valued doing some surveys and random polling on Twitter to help get insight to what my followers think about products, services, places or even opinions on news articles.  Recently I was curious to know what products or services people truly considered their best purchases in 2010 and started by sending out the following tweet last week.

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To my honest dismay I didn’t get a single response and the whole survey question wound up blowing up in my face.  I repeated the query more than one time and realized that Twitter doesn’t appear to be the best medium for surveys.  I ran a similar test asking help on something and I received answers very rapidly, so it would seem that at least my following will help answer questions to those who need them, but are less inclined to answer a survey.  That or people just aren’t interested in sharing what products they purchased, or the survey itself seemed a little "promotional" or something.

This had me thinking about some other factors about my Twitter network, and I had some good idea’s for upcoming blog posts about blog audience versus your Twitter or Facebook audience and how to leverage them both effectively and differently.

-Justin Germino

Twitter Etiquette for Bloggers

When Daniel Snyder from Information Carnivore asked me about Twitter Etiquette for Bloggers and my opinions on the subject, I shared my own point of view and experiences in a short paragraph via email to help him include in his article. What I didn’t expect was that I was included in the same article and my own point of view put directly and sharing the same blog spaces as Chris Brogan’s point of view.

I was quite honored to be so highly regarded that another blogger would include my own opinion in the same context as someone as popular and successful as Chris Brogan. The article is to the point and does a good job of asking about Twitter Etiquette with two other bloggers point of views and I encourage my readers to visit and follow all points of view on the subject. Thanks to Daniel for featuring me so prominently in his article.

-Justin Germino

Twitter Etiquette?

It is ironic that it is still considered vulgar and inappropriate to swear in the corporate work place, yet you will find social media riddled with vulgarity and it is often used in the workplace. Personally I think it is crude, crass and generally not professional, only entertainers, comedians or people who are in fields where swearing is common place gain more leniency in this area, but people looking for professionalism need to represent such on all of their social media profiles and sites.

Remember that like it or not employers are just as likely to look you up on social media sites as friends, and now that Social Media is indexed by Google, Leapfish, Bing…etc when someone does a search for you things that you say on social media sites will be listed in the search results. This could very well damage careers, reputations and more. When interacting with social media you should always put your best face forward, unless your profile is set to private and only a handful of people can actually see and communicate with you.

-Justin Germino