If you’re one of the millions who have started, or already use Twitter, me too. I signed up a long time ago just to see what it was all about. Honestly, at the time, I didn’t get why I could or would be interested in knowing the fine-details of anybody, let alone strangers. Well, I’ve changed my tune.

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In the past 30-days, I’ve embarked on a challenge to see how and, most importantly, why I should integrate Twitter into my everyday life. That’s an easy discussion to have in your head, but how do you explain the benefits to your employees, friends and often times, confused family members? After 30 days, here’s my top five reasons for using Twitter:

  • It makes me really think about what I’m doing RIGHT NOW. Over the past year, I’ve become a student of personal productivity. Twitter requires me to consider if what I’m doing is Twitter worthy. If it’s not, I question whether it’s really worth my time.
  • It gives me “presence” with friends, coworkers, family and vendors. While I won’t say that it creates or sustains these relationships, it provides opportunity to build on them. Why? I can feedback, direct message or simply be aware of what’s going on in peoples lives.
  • It’s a great way to stay up-to-date with family. I’ve not been successful in converting many family members over to Twitter (yet), however, I am finding some luck by recently starting a Twitter for my 10-month old, @savannahgrace. Grandparents will do anything to stay in touch with their grandchild.
  • It’s marketable. Let’s be honest, I own an marketing company that focuses on internet, new and social media. I have to know how to use it, why it works for some and if and how to make it work for my clients.
  • It’s fun. I’m enjoying my new Twitter community of friends: @kristychowning, @savannahgrace, @ashbylane, @ashbychick, @michaelhyatt, @shawnrstewart. Recently joined? Follow me.

The internet is growing exponentially everyday. New social media can either be seen as a distraction or a tool. It’s up to us to consider why we use it to determine what place it will have in our lives. The key:

  • Commitment and plan on how you will use each tool
  • Integrate it into your life easily and then use it regularly
  • Have fun with it. If it’s not fun, you won’t use it.

If you find something cool, be sure to let me know.

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  • Stephanie

    I’m definitely sold on Twitter. At first, I really thought it was dumb but now that I’ve used it a little, I really enjoy it. Still trying to get my groove down with it but I’m getting there. So much easier than writing a blog post and as a busy stay at home mom, time is at a premium so it’s fun to just dash something off from my phone. I enjoy hearing about what other folks are doing. And yes, most of my Twitters have focused on what I’m eating at the moment, but just be patient. I’m sure I will have some more interesting things to report!

  • Jonathan

    Same evolution for me, Kyle. I now find that I get more up-to-date information on important blogs that I follow (@michaelhyatt being one) and am using Twitter much more than even Google Reader.

    The challenge is recruiting family and friends. Twitter is one of those ideas that cannot be explained, but has to be experienced. Once experienced, it sells itself.