Ok I admit it I’m a twitter user. I usually despise social networking if for no other reason then it’s completely useless time wasting drivel. I’m a happily married guy so I have absolutely no use for spying on girls with “sexy” in their profile. I find most people to be too wrapped up in themselves to be worth listening to, and I don’t really like to hear myself talk, so what value is a social network to me?
I could be just another twitter marketer who uses twitter as an outlet for link building and I do to some extent, but what has really got me is the ability to find other people in my industry ( Search Engine Optimization ) who actually know some stuff, and are willing to post a bit about what they know.
Research is the #1 most important thing you can do in the SEO industry, about half of any good SEO guru’s job every week is researching marketing trends and changes, and freaking Twitter has become invaluable to me for just that. I’ve cut my time in half now with the creation of the SpiderLoop SEO MEME that aggregates much of my work every day and my SEO I Trust list on Twitter I’ve got my daily research down to an hour.
So social networking may not be that bad, and I’ll grant that many people got there before me. Just use your head and don’t whittle away a whole day, it’s entirely too easy to drop important things while tweeting your fingers to the bone.