Tomorrow, I’ll be making a presentation at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana*. While I’ll be speaking about LinkedIn, there’s an interesting subtext: the event might have never happened if not for Twitter. Here’s how it came about:
On April 27, I was part of an Asher Agency seminar at the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s Jon Swerens got things rolling by Tweeting before the seminar. Then, when I was discussing LinkedIn, Asher’s Lauren Zuber jumped in:
Shortly thereafter, others joined in the conversation as part of the backchannel that was going on while I presented. I didn’t realize it was happening at the time.
After the seminar, I thanked Amber, Joe, Kristin and Lauren for their comments:
And then an idea–would anyone want to get together to talk a little more about LinkedIn?
The group was receptive, and then something cool happened: Jennifer (@23skidooooo) asked if she could participate:
Which led to another idea: why not open it up to others?
And why not ask for a nominal admission fee, with the proceeds to benefit the organization Amber works for, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana?
Jennifer said yes…
So Amber and I started to talk details via direct message…
And then something else really cool happened: Kevin Mullett offered to present another topic to benefit Cancer Services:
And the next day, less than 24 hours after it was first proposed, Cancer Services was Tweeting the details:
I think this example shows the true power of Twitter: a group of people with a similar interest quickly creating something out of nothing. Everyone had a role:
- Jon got it started. The first Tweet sets the table for others to join in.
- Lauren mentioned her need to do more with LinkedIn.
- Joe, Amber and Kirstin, all of whom I trust, revealed the opportunity for a conversation about LinkedIn.
- Jennifer showed that the interest may be broader than just a few people.
- Kevin proposed that it didn’t have to be a one-time thing.
- Cancer Services presented an outlet and made it all come together.
All of this goes to show that while you can certainly waste a lot of time on Twitter, you can be pretty productive, too. All it takes is some good connections and the desire to listen and engage.