My 5th Anniversary on Twitter: October 7, 2016 by J.D. Meyer

20.1K tweets & 5644 Followers

Twitter has brought this disabled teacher (aka. @bohemiotx) intellectual companionship throughout the world. Roughly 1/3 of my followers are outside the USA and on every continent. My Twitter profile notes that I “read…and share” news, education, health, politics, & social media. Plus I’m an ENFP, a Myers-Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) profile. A few months ago, I made my Paper.li daily e-journal a pinned tweet, meaning that’s the first tweet you’ll see on my site.

I’ve written milestone essays about Twitter in the past, such as when I reached the 1000 and 1500 follower marks. You’ll notice that this article is a week-and-a-half late. That’s because I tweet so much. Somewhat unfortunately, much of my time is spent battling #DumpTrump, for I’m a Democrat, who is definitely anti-fascist.

I’m a serious tweeter because you’ll see links and descriptive #hashtags with my work. But I sometimes participate in the trending topics found in the left-hand margin to add a little levity to my cyberspace work. I have freedom in what I tweet about because I’m retired. Some professionals would need to stay focused on their field or business, and many would need to avoid politics to keep from alienating possible clientele.

Analyzing your Twitter Site

It’s good to belong to those sites that analyze your performance on Twitter. Twitter Analytics is a great place to gain insight on your progress, and it’s at Twitter itself. Each month, you’ll see your top tweet, top follower, top card tweet, and top mention. Furthermore, you’ll see your total impressions and engagements for the month. All this detail goes back for two years; the previous six months only cites you top follower and total impressions.

Here are a few of my favorite examples. My top tweet of September 2016 (6017 tweets) was “Saudi Arabian women take to Twitter to demand independence to men.” #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship @ulil. Note that I forwarded it to somebody, and he’s Ulil Abshar-Abdalla, founder of the Liberal Islam of Indonesia, as well as my top follower of February 2015 with 598K followers.

Six times this year, my top card tweet has been my revised WordPress article, “Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS): Footnotes and Commentary from a Patient” Basically, I tried to explain a Top 100 WebxMD article of 2015 from East Asia. Then I added information, such as a link to my article at Newscastic on using your peak flow meter to check your forced exhale volume (FEV), a must before leaving the house or when breathlessness strikes! Twice I’ve sent it to Dr. Bich-May Nguyen @bicmay, a Family Physician in Houston with a Master’s in Public Health Policy from Harvard. Also, I’ve sent it to @InTrainingDoc and @juliaoftoronto, answering the question for the latter “6. Science is poorly communicated to the public.” Hashtags include #COPD, #HCSM, and #ACOS.

My top tweet of May 2016 was an advertisement for #OpenSource (free online textbooks). “@PaulQuinnTigers @michaelsorrell Meet academia.edu, a website where profs can share research internationally,” a tweet approaching 700 impressions. Paul Quinn College, a Dallas HBCU, has gained recognition for being a great comeback story. They converted their football stadium to the We Over Me Farm, expanded work-study programs, and started a free textbook policy to reduce college costs and gain work experience while still in college.

Finally, my top tweet of November 2015 was my article, “Reasons for Community Attachment and Happiness from Richard Florida and Forbes.” Dr. Florida was the first person I followed on Twitter. I’ve been a fan of his Creative Class theory for over a decade. Basically, economic development possibilities improve when leaders follow the 4 T’s model—talent, technology, tolerance, and territorial assets. Dr. Florida is a professor at the University of Toronto. This tweet hit 4400 impressions.

I pinned my Paper.li account The BohemioTX http://paper.li/bohemiotx/1318973557  in March 2016, and it became my top tweet of the month with 983 impressions; it has since mushroomed to 6817 impressions!

My Klout score is a solid 57 right now and stays in the fifties. I’m considered an expert in the top 0.1% on Twitter, Education, Social Networks, Social Media, Leadership, Environment, Teaching, and Digital Marketing. I’m in the top 0.3% for Energy, SEO, and Texas. Klout scores are based on all of your social media sites and you need to have them hooked-in to Klout. For me, that includes Facebook, WordPress, and Linked-in for starters. Twitter accounts for 67% of my network contribution, and Facebook accounts for 25% of it.

Summary

You can do a lot with Twitter, including publicizing your efforts to understand your health, maybe helping moderates and liberals in the Muslim world, improving colleges through utilizing their policy, and spreading creative urban planning policy. I’ll be back!

Twitter at 2300 Followers: Happy Easter & Have Many a Satori

I crossed the 2000 follower mark on Pi Day, March 14th. Yet I waited until now to provide my third Twitter Tutorial article for various reasons. The best reason was my near daily participation in Slice of Life, a teacher narrative on Word Press, sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. Usually, I tweeted my daily slice and posted it on Facebook too.

However, my worst reason for putting off the next Twitter milestone article is being scattered, like many an #ENFP to cite my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator #MBTI profile.  I’m so ready to tweet and re-tweet on many topics.  I’ve become fairly well-known for spreading research on health, often dubbed “Health Care Social Media” (#HCSM). After all, I’m on disability for COPD and asthma; sleep apnea was discovered later once I got a pulmonologist when Medicaid kicked in–after disability and Medicare in my case.

Becoming named as a member of various lists has been a wonderful honor, and you’ll find out if someone has put you in a list through Twitter’s notifications branch. I’m nearing 60 lists, and many are in #HCSM. As you can tell, I’m a firm believer in providing one or two hashtags per tweet if at all possible. I edited my Twitter biography (for only the second time in 3 1/2 years) in order to include health and social media as among my interests. Pure social media has been a key joy for quite a while, and I’ve connected with exciting leaders in that field too.

Developing a major Twitter friendship leads to extra Twitter success as well. Let’s just say that she’s an M.D. with a Master’s in Public Health Administration. I strive to re-tweet new followers and still check on the others as much as possible, especially the other thought-leaders. Yesterday in a fit of focus, I looked for educators among my following because finding a textbook publisher is my prime goal. I’ve returned to working on my proposal. Inspiring quotes and playing with the Twitter trends for the day are fun. It’s seems like almost everyday is a “World Something Day.”

In closing, Happy Easter. I went to Sunday School at my church today for the first time–a time for reading and discussing in a round table of two dozen members. Being an extrovert, I had a lot to say–even more than I expected.

I explained the nature of the satori, a breakthrough of thought that changes one’s paradigm on an issue. (1) The first example was a straight forward explanation of someone else’s satori. I wrote an account of the J.C. Watts Convocation Address at Texas College, way back in 2005. Mr. Watts was a Wishbone quarterback at the University of Oklahoma before becoming a Republican congressman. When his son asked him if he could put this burst balloon back together, Mr. Watts realized that the relationship of God to human should be like Daddy to child–quite conservative. (2) The next satori was very veiled because it’s highly personal and has to do with narcissism, but not me. (3) The last was a realization gained from a Facebook chat on a key difference between ENFPs and INFPs. {First I was merciful enough to ask who knew what the four dimensions of the MBTI before listing the four pairs}. The extroverts aren’t judgmental enough with this intuitive-feeling-perceiving combination, while the introverts are too judgmental. Sure enough, that synopsis accurately described my being initially entertained by the antics of an eccentric, dysfunctional friend before becoming irritated over his downside that included screaming indoors–a somewhat veiled report, squarely in between #1 and #2.

It’s time for some lunch before Fareed Zakaria GPS is re-run at 12 noon, Central Standard Time. Then it’s back to the textbook proposal. May y’all have some satoris too.

Intermediate Twitter—1500 Followers, by Joffre (“JD”) Meyer

This article represents a happy sequel to “Introduction to Twitter,” when I crossed the 1000 follower mark in mid-July 2014; now I’ve made it to the 1500 follower mark at the start of December. What additional insight and advice can I give? First of all, tweet something everyday, and include a link virtually every time if your goal is to be a serious news curator.

Answer private messages promptly. Otherwise they may quit following you. Nearly always, it’s a new Twitter associate, and they probably want you to like them on Facebook. Make it a daily ritual to re-tweet something from a prominent follower. It’s a wonderful honor to meet such prominent leaders through Twitter. In my case, they’re in education, social media, business, travel, and music, and cooking. Twitter can lift you from the confines of your hometown to a scholarly, analytical world, yet I’m not a serious scholar all the time .I’m going to tweet something of relevance to my neighborhood BBQ/bar hangout: Stanley’s Famous Bar-B-Q of Tyler, TX.

Three of my mutual educator followers are in the Top 50 Twitter for Education:Angela Maiers of Iowa–the #youmatter teacher– (also on Facebook), Ioannis Ioannou of the London School of Business (sustainability expert), and Cyndi Burnett of Buffalo State (creativity/gifted & talented).

Become a fan of social media leaders, in addition to your field of expertise. Some of my most precious memories involve reading the works of Melonie Dodaro, Sean Gardner, Ann Tran, and Ekaterina Walter to name but a few. When somebody new follows you, include the number of those you already know as a reason for following them, together with the superstars. Approach the proverb-heavy twitter folks with skepticism but not disdain. Avoid those who want you to pay a little to gain followers; that’s what your content is supposed to do!

Check out the Twitter analysis tools. I really love the Tweep Map, for it showed me in which countries, states, and cities my followers reside. The USA is the home for two-thirds of my followers while Canada and the United Kingdom are at 8% each. Twtrland states that my most popular followers are largely from the Arabian Peninsula and Brazil, so look at more than one instrument.

Remember, “Home” is who you follow and who they re-tweet while “Search” is what topics should interest you, according to Twitter. Stances in the Search section may be of the opposite end of the political from you; nevertheless, it’s much easier to dodge those who aren’t like-minded on Twitter than Facebook. For me, it’s more likely to know hometown folks of the “other party” on Facebook. Yet my former students share their lives on Facebook, which is sweet.

So far, I have two lists. I’m a member of an urban policy group and started my own small Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (#mbti) group. I should resolve to start a Community Health Worker (#CHW) list, as I attend luncheons for a local coalition, and it’s become my newest research area. CHW’s are paraprofessionals in the health industry who know their community well and how to explain complicated directions from doctors, nurses, and social workers.

To end for now,let’s remember two funny tweets. I checked the trending column and found “#WorstChristmasEver,” a movie in which a junior high school-aged girl succeeded in thwarting efforts to rob a mall pet store of an expensive dog, together with co-star Grumpy Cat. They had a heart-warming telepathic relationship. I had just seen the movie’s TV premier the night before–a Saturday. Anyway, after complimenting the movie, I forwarded a note asserting, “Now that I’ve got your attention, #mbti, #Kwanzaa, #susty.” (“Susty” is an abbreviation for “sustainability”). These hashtags go straight to three of my favorite research fields. Normally, one shouldn’t use more than two hashtags, but one is better than none. In another tweet, I also complimented the friend who turned on the movie while reminding her that @Fareed Zakaria comes on in 45 minutes–9:00am CST on CNN. It’s fun to go to Fareed Zakaria’s Twitter site and tweet while you watch his show. Last week, he had a wonderful focus on innovation program.

As you can see, Twitter provides a lot of good times for me. To cite John Langan, the godfather of Developmental Writing and Reading, the goal of writing is to inform, persuade, and entertain. With Twitter, we can do all of those things.