Most of us know what Twitter is but not many actors understand the nature of the platform and how it can best serve your needs. The business side of acting has been about who you know, networking and the contacts you meet at industry events and parties. Which is all well and good but when it comes to virtual networking, things sometimes tend to get a little messy.
There is a certain etiquette one must incorporate in order to make connections sincere and grow accordingly. When it comes to starting the conversation in digital media, specifically with Twitter, there are different approaches you can take that will produce better results meeting new people in a sincere fashion.
Here’s What Not To Do:
- Follow someone on Twitter and instantly ask that person for something.
- Have one of those stupid automatic responders when someone follows you. Nothing is worse than a pre-set message that makes the beginning of a possible connection instantly falsified. It’s much better to actually take the time it takes to write a real message based on something regarding that new followers twitter feed. You come off so much more genuine and it DOES matter to that person.
- Liking someone’s twitter posts without actually knowing what you are really liking. It’s like driving a car blindfolded. It’s way better to pay full attention to what is likable because you are sharing in on something with that other person and there’s an instant mutual appreciation. It can also be the start of a good conversation.
- Constantly tweeting negative, hateful or angry things. You have every right to express yourself freely if you choose to do so, however, bad energy is not something anyone truly wishes to be around. Having self-awareness goes a long way in social media.
It’s usually best to approach people openly and honestly. Follow someone if they are in your field and get in touch with them in a genuine manner. Let the connection and virtual networking take its own natural course without forcing it or being abrupt, just like being in person.