re: Why and How You Should Use Twitter for Networking VIEW POST


I really like your idea of using Twitter for networking, so without turning this into a rant, and this is not a rant, here are my two cents.

There are a very tiny percentage of people who, for reasons I'll explain below, cannot make a twitter account. As you probably know, twitter requires a phone number for account verification. There are many stories on the internet these days about people getting locked out of their accounts because they created a twitter account with an email but a phone number is required for them.

You see, Twitter has a listbox of countries to write your phone number in, but some countries are not on that list. Sudan is one of them unfortunately. This effectively makes it impossible for people like me who have a phone number belonging to Sudan to verify their accounts.

So in the absence of a twitter account, this is the strategy I use for networking that kind of gets the same effect as having one:

I use Facebook for all real world interactions because people there are more likely to be real, and it has the benefit of being able to bump shoulders (virtually) with people not in the tech industry (I never understood why developers consider a tech twitter account as a must have, if you could explain that would be great). This is the account I expect to get real life opportunities from other friends.

Then I have Mastodon as a twitter-like solution. Of course you won't find big names there but it's an awesome diverse community for the occasional tech-related thought. As lower Alexa-ranked website you don't network here because there aren't people to network with. It's just for sharing thoughts.

Speaking of sharing thoughts: People have been wondering what Twitter should do with its business model to make it profitable. I propose breaking the twitter app into a tech twitter app, a lifestyle twitter app, an everyday twitter app, etc. you get the idea. Each topic gets it's own app. This will make discussions more relevant and increases the chances that the users you follow there are also developer-minded. This also releases a large amount of energy in the form of data which would enable Twitter to process it like Facebook does which it could then sell, which would generate revenue. Though I'm not sure they would turn to me for advice 😉

EDIT: By the way, it's always useful to have LinkedIn handy as a resume.

Just thought I would share that with you 🙂 Of course I lurk on twitter anonymously because it's always useful to get someone's website as a kind of business card.

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