The Fun of Discovery

Learning new things is fun. I may not have had that attitude in school but I wasn’t in control of what I was learning, just whether I was learning. Being in control of your own destiny elevates learning from a requirement to a desire. Now I investigate what interests me. I often have preconceived notions but I’ll still investigate and learn before making a final decision.

As I try to get the word out about my book I’ve turned to the various and ever expanding social media like Facebook, Google+,¬†Twitter, and LinkedIn. Of those I felt Twitter was, well, stupid. What kind of updates would I post and who would care? Why 140 characters? It just seemed kind of stupid. But I tried anyway. One aspect of Twitter that puzzled me was the hashtags (words preceded by the # symbol). I didn’t get it.

Learning how to use each social media app has been interesting but when discovery surprises you, turns a prejudice around, that’s really cool. It turns out that Twitter is the most social of the social media, with the most active users, but also the most robust conversations (in 140 character or less). Those hashtags I didn’t understand turned out to be the key to the community of twitter. Using a hashtag and then searching that term allows you to follow conversations in real time as each participant contributes.

So far, and I’m still very new at this, my favorite Tweetchats as these hashtag conversations are called are #leadfromwithin (leadership), #mcchat (personal finance), #wbchat (personal finance), #ubusensations (leadership), and #moolah (personal finance). Check them out. It will be the fastest hour you’ve ever spent online.

It’s still too early to tell whether I’ve sold more books because of my activity on social media but I have gained a lot from the connections I’ve made and that is much more valuable.

Share your favorite tweetchats for others to discover.


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