I joined twitter in October of 2010. I can’t for the life of me remember why I joined. Probably because someone told me to and because I didn’t want anyone else to grab the name “saxymoni”. I don’t remember using it very much in that first year, I didn’t really understand how it worked or what I was supposed to do. I remember attending a couple of different clinics on promotion and social media and they all said that twitter was one of the things to use.
It was at the 2012 JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference in Louisville, when I fell in love with Twitter. That year also happened to coincide with the TI:ME (Technology in Music Education) conference. It was four days of technology and jazz and I was in heaven. It was through hashtags that I began to interact with people at the Conference and I began to see just how cool Twitter could be.
This is where I learned the power of twitter from the perspective of education, sharing, learning, and communicating. Because twitter is public for the most part (you can choose to make your account private if you really want to) you can easily find people or information. You can follow anyone you want. You can interact with them by starting a conversation. Anyone who posts using a hashtag makes their post searchable and at conferences that can be really cool. You have “followers” on twitter and not “friends”. I started interacting with other people at the conference and made some new friends.
I personally go to twitter for three main reasons:
- Learn more about business, marketing, leadership, education, teaching, the non-profit world, music industry, fundraising, jazz advocates and arts organizations
- Find new (to me) music, musicians composers, and ensembles
- Sports – hockey and football
Twitter is like a stream. I only go down a grab a drink from it once or twice a day. You won’t catch it all, especially if you follow a lot of people. But I always learn something or discover something when I check twitter and that makes it the best for me.
In addition, I tend to follow the following on Twitter:
- Jazz advocates / Non-Profits / Promoters / Festivals / Radio Stations
- Arts Organizations and Funders
- Marketing Gurus
- Friends I know IRL (In Real Life)
- Sports – Hockey and Football teams and players (if they are interesting) and sports radio stations and hosts.
If you’d like, follow me on Twitter – https://twitter.com/saxymoni
If you are thinking about joining twitter, may I recommend a couple of my favorites:
- GapingVoid – https://twitter.com/gapingvoid
- NPR Music – https://twitter.com/nprmusic
- Emergency Kittens – https://twitter.com/EmrgencyKittens
- CD Baby – https://twitter.com/cdbaby