We’ve been using a social media service called twitter to help get the word out about the different causes in Bangkok. Here’s some easy to do things to keep twitter fun and effective. Please comment to add to the suggestions here and pass this along.
(Tip: If you’re scratching your head because you don’t know what twitter is click here.)
One big reason twitter is powerful is that it has the power to super charge viral information. Meaning a small piece of information could easily leap from your network to the world. Unavoidably, this also means we must deal with the quick spread of misinformation, spam, and more malicious content such as viruses.
We all know the Spiderman quote, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Well, here are three easy guidelines to keep us tweeting responsibly:
- Tweet Each Other Kindly
Chris Guillebeau or @chrisguillebeau (his twitter id), who was recently in Bangkok, would say this means better listening or in twitter terms: “RT, respond, make others look good, ask how you can help, don’t patronize, no auto-DM.“
- Tweet Authentically
Be honest. Give credit when due, RT (Re-tweet or resending tweets) often, and read/view your content before you resend.
This is a must do. Think about it, we all normally treat and trust people we know better than strangers (If there’s any question here, just consider the way we drive. Would you really have cut your friend off like that?). You’ll build stronger bonds and find yourself tweeting more. You’ll gain more engaging followers and be retweeted more often. There are limitless benefits.
So Tweet Responsibly. Follow some people doing just that. Here’s a picture and the roll sheet of Tweeple who showed up at last week’s BKK Charity Tweetup:
@Travelhappy (Backpacking And Travelling In Thailand and South East Asia: A Personal Guide)
British scuba journalist based in Thailand
K-12 International Counselor
Freelance Chinese translator/interpreter, enthusiastic about humanitarian work.