Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Tina Mammoser, an artist in London who some of you now follow on Twitter, has been following our activities here in What’s Your Story, and she sent me an email in response to some of the questions that were raised last week about how to search for relevant podcasts.

Here’s what Tina had to say:

I heard in the talk that a couple people were asking how to find podcasts. So went and found these links:

other directories to search:
Results on any of these will depend on whether the podcaster has submitted their page to the directory with keywords and a description and things. Which I now realise I haven’t! oops. Google doesn’t have a podcast-specific search like it does for blogs. Surprising!
So there you have it!
This is very timely advice for me, as I am heading out to Western Massachusetts this weekend for my 15th college reunion at Mount Holyoke College, and I was looking for some podcasts to listen to on the drive.
Thanks, Tina!

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Tina Mammoser is a London artist I know through Twitter. She just posted an insightful rumination on the usefulness of Twitter to her as an artist, and how this and other new media might alter how artists live, work, and communicate.

The bulk of the post is a copy of an email she sent to Alyson Stanfield, an artist business coach who I also follow through her blog. Alyson has just written a very interesting book called I’d Rather Be In The Studio: An Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion (yes, I have a copy if you’d like to borrow it).

Check out the conversation Alyson started with her readers last week when she asked what they thought about Artist Blogs…

So Tina wanted to explain to Alyson what she sees in Twitter. Here’s a bit of what she said:

The benefits of Twitter for me have been indirect I suppose. I’ve gotten very interested in social media projects through it, by following a few interesting people, including Beth Dunn who blogs about social media for small businesses and non-profits. I’ve found several people whose blogs I now follow (Seth Godin and Chris Brogan) through Twitter.

I think with all the Web 2.0 sites there is a growth curve, it’s about nurturing relationships rather than directly measurable marketing–>benefit results. So it takes time. But as Katherine Tyrrell once told me (she runs MakingaMark.blogspot.com) it took a couple years for her blog to hit a sort of critical mass and suddenly be popular and a place artists responded as well as read.

I admit that I mix personal and business on Twitter, but I’m very comfortable with that. That’s what interested me about your topic today. The online world, in my life, has been almost as important as “real” life. At various points in my life there has been little separation. I realise the rest of the world is still getting used to this idea, hence the question about blogging.

She goes on to say:

Finding the right people to follow is tricky, but I started but a couple people and looked at their followers and kept ones that were interesting. I, like many others, do also share personal notes but that’s a bit inevitable with the chatty instant format of Twitter. So if you want to see my links to blog entries with business advice for artists you might also have to hear that I dyed my hair purple one evening. Why the mix? Because it’s a human interface. On Twitter we’re not just businesses and marketers but actual people too.

If you don’t already follow Tina on Twitter, she’s tina_m. Here’s a link to her profile.

And her blog, by the way, is an excellent example of an artist’s blog. She posts thoughts on all sorts of things, not just her art, but she also links to her Twitter updates (so you can get to know her better), her Flickr account (so you can see more of her art), and her Etsy shop (so you can buy her art).

What do you think?

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twitter 101

We talked a little about Twitter at the first session of What’s Your Story: Personal Branding, PR and New Media for Artists, and I know a couple of you have already given it a peek.

Twitter can be a little confusing to the uninitiated, so I’m posting a few guides here to get you started.

First, watch this short and very informative video:

So the first thing to do is go to Twitter.com and set up an account. This takes two seconds, and only requires you to give your name, email address, and password. No long and complicated account set-up.

I recommend leaving your updates public. This will help people of similar interests find you. It’s really hard to meet new people when you “protect” your updates.

Now you’ll need to start following some people. This means that you’ll be able to “see” their updates. They won’t “see” your updates until they follow you back.

First, why not follow me? Just go to www.twitter.com/bethdunn and click “follow.” Now go back to “home” and you will see my “twitter stream.” Now choose some other people to follow.

Here are a few very friendly artists I have met on Twitter who would be delighted to meet you:







And here are some of the featured presenters in the What’s Your Story class:

jimhill (Jim Hill, our first speaker, on personal branding)

JessicaBurko (Jessica Burko, an artist and artist marketing expert)

LenEdgerly (our podcasting and videocasting expert, also serves on the board of NEFA)

panache (Dave Caolo,who will present on blogging)

genevate (Chris Corriveau, part of the team who will present on social networking)

genevangelist (Leslie Fishlock, part of the team who will present on social networking)

It’s like a dinner party — in order to have a conversation, you need to invite people in to your living room. Otherwise, you can’t hear them and they can’t hear you.

Most people will follow you back pretty soon after you start following them.

Another good way to find people to follow (which is the only way to make this Twitter thing work) is to go to TwitterPack. Just click on a topic of interest to you, click on the user’s name, and follow them.

Then, say hello.

If you want to say hello (or anything else) directly to somebody, just type the @ symbol directly in front of their twitter name (no space).

That should get you started — have fun and explore!

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