Yesterday I tweeted for my 50,000th time.
I haven’t done the calculations for how many minutes it has involved, but Twitter has consumed a nontrivial amount of my time since I joined in February of 2007. Everyone wants to talk about “the ROI of social media” so let’s entertain that for a moment.
In that time, I’ve interacted with thousands of individuals and organizations. Out of those interactions:
- I’ve met, gotten to know, and booked a lot of clients for my photography business. I can trace at least half of my client relationships to connections that either originated or were fostered via Twitter.
- I’ve connected with people that have allowed me the opportunity to speak at BlogWorld & New Media Expo and a variety of WordCamp events.
- I had the opportunity to travel to Alaska with GoPro
- My social media activity on Twitter (and other places) led to me becoming a speaker for SmugMug’s series of local meetups across the country.
- Most importantly, and in summary, I’ve been able to develop friendships and business relationships with people around the globe and in my own area who I wouldn’t have otherwise known. People from around the world (or just around the corner) are now close friends and via Twitter we’ve shared a variety of experiences, some with strong emotions of happiness, shock, or tragedy.
Twitter life is real life. The online world and the offline world are simply the world.
I’d say that’s a damn good ROI. Here’s to 50,000 more. If we’re not already connected on Twitter, please follow along and drop me an @mention…. that’s my number one Twitter tip. Have conversations. It’s not social media if you’re talking but not listening.