Getting Things Done… on Twitter

You know GTD? It’s also known as Getting Things Done. David Allen wrote the best-selling book on GTD and has been using Twitter to increase his fanbase. You can learn from watching how these folks use Twitter as they have access to the best brains in the business and are usually one step ahead of the rest of us. I’ve been following GTD on Twitter for a few months and, as they say, you learn for the best. I’ve looked at how he uses Twitter and try to blend that into the approach I use. And it seems to work.
Getting Things Done On Twitter

Do’s And Don’ts For Using Twitter

Twitter is about publishing. Twitter is about writing. And it’s about having fun, making connections and sharing things. Here are some ways I use Twitter and some ways I don’t!
I’ve made a focused effort to use Twitter a little more strategically since May as it tied in with some other business aims. And it’s started to work.
Don’t …

  1. Thank me for following you. I don’t read DMs as I get over one hundred and fifty every day and it’s just not possible.
  2. Get angry with me for not thanking you for following me.
  3. Send me get rich quick schemes or introduce me to ‘Natasha.’ I’m fine thanks 🙂
  4. Tweet every mundane details of your everyday life. Some is fine but I don’t need a running commentary of your daily life. No one does! No, really, they don’t.
  5. Tweet embarrassing (for me to read) private details of your significant relationships. And your partner may not want it in the twittersphere either.
  6. Moan, especially about Microsoft Word. You try and build a better office suite and see how far you get.
  7. Start flame wars with people in twitter. They’re out there, just ignore them.

Do …

  1. Use Hootsuite or Tweetdeck so you can track by keyword, monitor things, and share information quicker
  2. Create lists like this http://twitter.com/ivanwalsh/thoughtleadership and follow all of these wonderful technical writers as they tweet.
  3. Follow other lists like this http://twitter.com/tom_peters/cool-friends from @tom_peters
  4. Retweet others tweets. This is the fastest way – by far – to increase your number of followers
  5. Tweet things that are interesting. Such as… pictures, articles, websites, news items, exhibitions, shows, tutorials. You get the idea.  Share, share, share
  6. Help others. Reach out to those who ask questions and see if you can point them in the right direction.
  7. Tweet your own blog posts. I’m still amazed that so many business writers write so little. C’mon, folks get a blog like these guys.
  8. Share quotes, sayings, and interesting thoughts.
  9. Share jokes and humorous items. We all need a laugh during the day. I use Twitter at short breaks and catch up with friends. If you share something funny, I’ll pass it on to them.
  10. Re-write tweets to make them more interesting. You’re a writer, go on, give it a go! Think of it as a challenge. How can I make this tweet more interesting?
  11. Add hashtags like this #smb. But don’t go overboard. One is fine.
  12. Track your Twitter stats on http://twittercounter.com/compare/ihearttechdocs/month/followers. This is my list. See how it’s grown in the past 30 days.
  13. Think long-term. Remember that Rabbit and the Hare? Use Twitter for 15 minutes every day and stick with it.
  14. Start conversations. Don’t always be in broadcast mode. Create a dialogue and get others to join in.Act as a conduit between different people.
  15. Be the link that joins.
  16. Parse your text back to 100 words. Why? So there is space for others to add to what you said.
  17. Open with a question. This encourages others to think, consider, and act on what you said. Your goal is to get a response.
  18. Add those who retweet you to your most important list. Retweet them every now and then.
  19. Schedule tweets for 2am. Someone, somewhere is online at 2am. Don’t post at 9am when everyone arrives at the office. It will get lost in the deluge.
  20. Tell people where you are. It adds a personal touch.
  21. Connect Facebook to your Twitter account and also the other way around.

Write, re-tweet and be interesting.
What else?
I’m @ivanwalsh