or LinkedIn here uk.linkedin.com/pub/tony-smith-bsc-hons-acih/a/979/351/
A work colleague congratulated me last week, that I had reached ten thousand followers on Twitter. I have got to admit, I hadn't clocked it myself, but was quietly pleased to spot I had indeed reached 10.1K, the next time I bothered to check https://twitter.com/hotpixUK
I spend a fair bit of time on there and with a good set of tweeters followed, it's a bit like my own personal newspaper view of my world, in some respects. It brings me what's topical as well as big chunks of photo, housing and ICT news. I tend to follow active tweeters, who on the whole highlight lots of internet content and links that I would never find without it. I have got to say too, that my slightly dodgy twitter handle of @HotpixUK does not seem to have been a barrier.
I do regularly decline to 'buy followers'. The standard lately has plummeted, with most of the bots turned bi-sexual, with an un-natural interest in 'Booty' IMO. Also they wouldn't really have any interesting content to float my boat, so I have saved my $29 thus far.
It's always good to meet followers and who I follow in real life, in a bar or restaurant would be my preference, although a conference or exhibition is just as good. Many a meeting when everyone has gone around the table, someone new to me has asked "are you the Tony Smith who tweets about housing ICT from Twitter", or "are you Tony Smith That Housing IT Guy"? The latter always makes me smile and generally leads to some really good conversations after the (official) meeting.
One example is Boris Worrell (@BorisOrbitGroup - https://twitter.com/BorisOrbitGroup ), a good egg and a very interesting chap, either online or in real life.
I am occasionally asked, could I sign up to Twitter without tweeting, to just try it out?
Well you could just lurk quite easily, but it's the taking part and the interactions that can lead to some really interesting things. One piece of good advice is, always reply to engagements, even if you just retweet, due to shortage of time. I have tailored a few individual course to organisations looking to use more social media, highlighting two models I use between @HotpixUK and the @FOLGrappenhall account that supports the local community library, I am on the board of, for publicity.
While some troller's do inhabit Twitter, I think if you have an informed opinion, you should engage even if the responses coming back are in opposition to it. We are only going to change hearts & minds by engaging. I believe reaching to block a person on twitter, because their opinion differs to yours, is basically a cop out. Engage with it, or the drip-drip of that response becomes the accepted fact.
A bit like the assumption "Gordon Brown's deficit crashed the UK economy", became fact, instead of what really happened, "Global banks, including many in the UK, crashed the world economy, and bailing them out crashed the UK economy". On Twitter, if all sensible #ukhousing folk blocked the "We have an affordable home supply problem, rentable and for mortgage" deniers, before long everyone would believe RTB (Right To Buy 2.0) was the solution and social housing providers, were definitely the problem (not the solution).
I am often asked questions about social housing ICT and queries about systems software, procurements, problems with suppliers and how to make better choices with integrated housing management systems. For me, I am happy to help, and when I have asked questions on Twitter, I have generally found people extremely helpful. In one instance, finding 49 Win5.6 devices for a client still on some legacy mobile working system. It helped pull them out of a tricky situation on that occasion. All with the help of Twitter 8-)
So a massive "Thank You" and "*Hug*" to all my Twitter followers. If you see me at the next conference free bar, make sure you introduce yourself, if you recognise me.
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Tenpole Tudor - Swords of a thousand men.
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