By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 9, 2013
Many people use Twitter to get up-to-the-minute news and information as well as keep in touch with individuals, whether friends or celebrities, in a fast, succinct and exciting way.
From my experience, Twitter has been an exciting tool to use professionally for business, and quite quickly is becoming one of my favourites. It's delightful to see a stream of activity that can, if used effectively, result in both the "warm and fuzzy" as well as solid opportunities for collaboration, social introductions and even earning someone's business.
Join me in today's VOX Daily as we take a look at 7 Twitter interactions you could call your own and how you can use this particular network to your advantage.
If you're new to Twitter, this post will be an excellent primer for how to interact with others using the social network. For those of you who might be sitting on the fence, perhaps these ideas may sway you to give it a chance!
Below, I've identified 7 of the coolest Twitter interactions I've witnessed in the past 7 days. These moments could happen to any of you...you just have to be looking for them, opening yourself up to new experiences and participating regularly, whatever regular happens to mean to you.
Last week, Lin was working on an article for Voice Over Times (@voiceovertimes) about how much work some voice talent book using accents other than the ones they have naturally. We sent out a call via social media for pitches and many people replied, including one Joey Maxwell (@joeymaxwellvo) on Twitter. Little did he know but his tweet was just what we were looking for. You can read the article Joey's tweet was featured in here: Will A Variety of Accents Help Voice Actors Land More Work?
Here's the conversation:
Which leads us to...
When linking to voice talent profiles for her article, Lin noticed that Joey did not have a listing on Voices.com that we could direct people to. After the article went live, we reached back out to Joey as @voicesdotcom to thank him for his quote. Shortly after that, he signed up for a membership and within 22 hours of becoming a member of the service had booked enough work to cover more than the cost of his membership fee.
Earlier on Saturday, voice talent and coach Terry Daniel (@voiceoversbytd), hosted a 30-minute Twitter party where people could ask him questions about voice acting. He used the hash tag #askvocoachterry so that he could distinguish which tweets were coming from those participating in the party. If you were to visit this hash tag and click on the word "Expand" on each tweet, you would see Terry's answers in 140 characters or less.
In a follow up tweet, I learned that everyone had a blast. Here's hoping Terry does it again!
A couple weeks ago, local pizzeria and London landmark, Stobie's, started offering a free slice of pizza to anyone whose name appeared on the street talker outside of its famed doors on the corner of Richmond Street and Dufferin Avenue. Each day, the owner selects four names. On Friday, the names were John, Eric, Carol and Amy.
We had heard about this new thing Stobie's was doing and had even made checking the names part of our daily office routine. While getting a slice of pizza, I asked John Stobie about it and then went on my merry way to eat lunch. After doing so, I tweeted at @stobiespizza to let them know how much we appreciated them, having no idea that we'd score an office lunch party.
Stobie's picks their names from their Followers on Twitter. During the lunch hour, almost everyone at Voices.com followed Stobie's and sure enough, the very next day our PR Manager Trisha's name (@beautrisha) popped up on the list!
A week or so ago, I sent a pitch in via one of the media pitching services we use at Voices.com. I guess what I sent in must have been something special because within a short time, the reporter, Don Power (@donpower) followed me on Twitter (@stephciccarelli) thanking me for my submission to his query. Not only did he follow me but he started to CC one of his other connections who happened to be a voice actor. Long story short, Dave Reynolds (@TheDaveReynolds) will be sending in an article, possibly scribed entirely in grease pencil, about the old days of voice over.
Pardon the pink, I happen to like it :)
And just in case you are a Conan O'Brien fan, here's a link to where you can watch Conan's "Manual Tweets" sketch where he manually tweets about his burrito preference to Ashton Kutcher.
Maybe it's just me but whenever I'm traveling, it isn't very hard to find other Canadians. That may be true even in the Twitterverse. When communicating with Ian Roberts (@ThatsTheVoice) about the many voices of Superman, I happened to insert a telltale "eh" into my reply. What ensues is classic.
On a separate note, the fellow who created Superman, Joe Shuster, was a Canadian. Here we go, getting all warm and fuzzy over a Canadian Heritage Moment, eh? Check it out!
If you follow @voicesdotcom on Twitter, you may have noticed that inspiring quotes from famous people are being posted once a day, going live around 6:05am EST. One of the luminaries we're sharing insight and encouragement from is the late Steve Jobs, creator of Apple Computer. Lots of creative types gravitate toward Jobs as do aspiring entrepreneurs who want to follow in his footsteps.
Of all those quoted so far, quotes from Steve Jobs have rendered us the most retweets. I'm sure that we're gaining a larger following because of it! Here's the tweet that keeps on tweeting. People can't seem to get enough. This particular tweet has been retweeted 29 times and saved as a favourite by 18 people.
The Steve Jobs quote reads, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
Be sure to comment with your Twitter handle ( i.e. http://www.twitter.com/stephciccarelli ) and also share one cool experience you've had using Twitter!