Twitter and artists, part 2

by     /    May 22, 2009   

Illustration by dellustrations.comLast year, I took a look at Twitter to see if it might work as a marketing tool for my art. And after playing with it for a while, came to the conclusion that it wasn’t right for me. Then a few months ago, I decided to give Twitter another try. I have been using it almost daily since, and have revised my opinion of it somewhat. Here’s some of my thoughts, in no particular order:

  • I find that I mainly Twitter with people I already know, either personally, or through their blogs. It’s a nice way to be more conversational with these folks (vs just leaving comments on blog posts).
  • I have met a few people on Twitter, and even started working on a couple projects together. So it has served well as a way to connect to my peers.
  • I “bumped into” a woman who bought her ketubah from me, and discovered that she has also started her own small business. That was a fun surprise, and something that wouldn’t have happened without Twitter
  • I have two Twitter accounts, @danielsroka for my photography and @modernketubah for my ketubah business. I have discovered that I use them very differently. The crowds that I hang out with are different for both. With @danielsroka, I mainly hang out with other artists. We swap stories, give advice, offer encouragement, vent about frustrations. Since art is a solitary business, it’s nice to have a peer group. But with @modernketubah, I find that I am mainly hanging out with other wedding businesses. We seem to chat less about our personal feelings, and use Twitter more as a way to make business connections: an online version of the old business card swap.
  • Very often, Twitter bores the heck out of me. I can go days without using it and not even notice. There is just too much noise, and not enough signal. I really need a tool that lets me filter out certain kinds of information (much like Facebook now lets you do).
  • Then again, some days I am on Twitter constantly. Some days I just need to talk, and it gives me an outlet. Not that anyone is always listening.
  • Twitter often reminds me of CB radios. Anyone out there remember that craze? I was a teen, and had a CB in my room. I’d flip through the channels listening in on conversations, and sometimes, would just call out to see if anyone was there and wanted to talk. It was interesting, for a while.
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Comments on 'Twitter and artists, part 2'

Jean Levert Hood  (May 22nd, 2009):

I do find Twitter confusing! Facebook makes much more sense to me, I guess because of the filters available. Even though I use Tweet deck, I still am perplexed with it!

Henry Domke  (May 22nd, 2009):

Great post. It reinforces my belief that Twitter is not right for me. But it sure must be right for a lot of people. It is a major fad! Perhaps it will fade like CB radio, perhaps not.