Film Short: What Are You Doing on Twitter?

Published On July 28, 2010 | By admin | film, film marketing, film production, Film Short, Filmmaker, filmmaking, Independent Film

During the past few weeks I had computer issues resulting in limited access online and suddenly became aware of just how much time I spend on Twitter as well as how much I enjoy it.  This made me wonder if other people value this outlets for communicating like I do or if it is just viewed as a tool for promoting creative projects.  After returning to the social media community I have a few observations you may find useful, especially if you’re new to Twitter or considering joining the site. 

First of all, there are different types of people tweeting, so you need to know what types of individuals you want to connect with.  One group, which I try to avoid, uses social media strictly as a means for generating sales.  They follow people and then drop them quickly if they’re not followed back or interest is not expressed in whatever it is they’re pitching. Unless you are in the market for their wares, communicating with them  is not going to turn into a satisfying internet relationship.  Next, there are those who sign up, send out a few tweets and then disappear.  I think in some cases people try Twitter and then decide it’s not for them or that they prefer to observe and not engage.  In either situation, they tend to remain followers, but don’t provide you with the chance to get to know or to interact with them.  Another group I’ve encountered is what I refer to as seasonal tweeters, who appear mostly when they have an event, cause or issue. to promote.  Although you may not have constant contact with these individuals, if you share the same interests they can provide interesting information and interaction when they are online. 

Finally, we come to my Twitter favorites,  those who like me are interested in supporting and getting acquainted with independent artists.  These are individuals you can bond with, share your joys and frustrations about projects with and who unselfishly tweet facts and anecdotes that have value and entertain.  One of the best ways I’ve found for connecting with these tweeters is by retweeting and sharing their thoughts.  Doing this will help you widen your circle while having some fun and developing your brand.  Being an active contributor introduces you to people located in all corners of the world who share your passions and provides you with a network you can reach out to anytime.   

Being based in Las Vegas, I was concerned when I began blogging, co-producing “Accused” and becoming involved with my other filmmaking activities that my ability to connect with others who weren’t in my zip code would be difficult.  However, developing such wonderful online relationships has given me the opportunity to meet several talented filmmakers and movie lovers when they’ve come to Vegas.   Many question the value of what social media sites like Twitter have to offer, but the success of filmmakers doing crowdfunding campaigns, musicians filling up venues for their performances and people like me reaching out and building friendships is proof of what is possible.  Just be aware of how much time you spend online and decide what types of connections you want to make.  Once you know your own needs, Twitter offers an amazing community where you can learn and network right from the comfort of your own computer.

As a bonus today, I’ve posted a new page called Twitter Tweet Hearts, which is a list of many of the independent artists and filmmakers I’ve mentioned on Follow Fridays.  Since it’s impossible to name everyone all the time I thought I’d start this page and will keep updating it with more people, films and venues.

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