We have all come to know and learn twitter as the micro-blogging site for chat, discussion and interaction. It’s become an essential for anyone familiar with social media and looking to expand their network.
As a recent college graduate, I used Twitter as a means to search for prospective employers, expand my PR network and keep in touch with old friends. That was the intention just a year and now, it’s entirely changed.
With the invention of a “hash tag,” people can participate in forums and discussions about specific topics on Twitter Search. We’ve seen lately people starting discussion about #CES2009 or #Gaza, to share insight and connect with other citizens about worldly topics.
Due to Sarah Evans’ large PR network and the popularity of Twitter, PR professionals and students have used these hashtags- #PRAdvice and #PRIntern- to converse with mentors via the digital world. What I love is that any student utilizing this tool is surpassing the other students who are merely relying on traditional tactics to secure an internship or jobs by person-to-person interaction. Twitter has no longer become an update in 140 characters or less, but a way to promote yourself, share ideas, and expand your professional network.
I encourage everyone to visit these discussions, participate and provide feedback. Has it been helpful? The day I chose to join the discussion, I enjoyed seeking answers and wisdom from invested professionals, yet offering advice to current journalism students. That day alone I expanded my twitter network by 35 people.