Even those who just love Twitter admit they are not sure how it helps make money online.
I think I have found a way Twitter can help you make money online!
Twitter has become a major part of online life for many bloggers.
Twitter started slow. Suddenly, a few months ago, it became very popular. So popular, that it has had many growing pains for the past few months. While some have started to look for other options, Twitter still tends to bring people back. It’s ability to use email and maybe txt messaging on phones that makes it very portable even if you do not yet own an iPhone.
Still even Twitter supporters usually admit Twitter is often a time waster.
I’ve grown to be one of them. I Twitter supporter I mean. I also admit it has been a great time waster. I enjoy the links others find or post. I found some people that I met in other places on Twitter and have been able to be notified on Twitter when they are doing a Webcast or Videocast.
I have finally found something that may help Twitter become a source of income online.
Sherman Hu of WordPress Tutorials introduced me to a Twitter client called TweetDeck. My first look at it did not impress me. Twhirl was my favorite Twitter client and at the time had more features and was a bit more refined. TweetDeck has two features, that when combined, make it and Twitter really useful.
TweetDeck allows you to group the Tweets you are following.
The defaults are groups for all, replies, and direct messages. You can group your Twitter updates any way you want. Put your personal friends in one group. Put bloggers in another group. I have one called favorites that I put those I really want to pay attention to.
TweetDeck has a search function.
This is where the real power is hidden. TweetDeck can search the Tweets you follow or it can do a global search using Summize (Twitter Search) for a keyword. While as I write this post the search only works for one word, the capability to search for phrases is coming.
These searches TweetDeck makes are placed into individual groups.
This is where you can use Twitter to make money. If you are an expert in some area, someone is looking for help in it on Twitter. You can use the search to find people that need your help. Use the opportunity to develop a relationship (business type not the other) and perhaps show how your services can help them in the future. TweetDeck makes a grouping of people that have Tweets with the keyword.
You can find the people that are looking for your help.
Instead of just randomly spamming all your followers with “special sale on mint flavored coffee today.” That just gets you unfollowed real fast. You can keep your general Twitters friendly and non-spammy. Carry on conversations.
I suggest you take a look at TweetDeck.
I think it may be one of the most useful ways to use Twitter. See if you can find a way to make money online with Twitter.
You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/shokthx
Have you found another way to use Twitter to make money online?
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