Like any social media application, when you first start out, it can be a little disorienting. Of course, there are a lot of “how-to” guides and excellent social media blogs, like Sprout Social Insights to help you navigate your way through the social media landscape. But there’s really no comparison to having a friend with whom you can share your experiences. Commiserating with a trusted friend can help reduce a steep learning curve — or kick your existing knowledge of Twitter into high gear.
Friends usually have the added benefit of having other online friends in common, making it easier to connect with like-minded people. A local friend may also be able to introduce you to other local tweeters you might not have known about.
Generally speaking, social media is all about making new friends and connections. Starting out with someone you’re already familiar with can go a long way in accelerating your use of Twitter.
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
There’s an old expression, “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”, which means that everyone benefits from a positive wave or a growing trend. The use of social media for business is a trend that’s still on the rise, so why not increase its power and momentum by introducing more people into the stream?
There are many ways to get started. Help your offline friends get set up on Twitter and become their first follower. Head over to Facebook and find a group of friends who wouldn’t know a hashtag from a hole in the wall, and ask them to give Twitter a try.
You’ll not only be building a trusted network, you’ll also be recognized as a thought leader among your circle of friends. Before long, you’ll be the “go-to” person for Twitter knowledge and you’ll find new ways of leveraging Twitter you might not have even considered.