Thriving on Twitter in 2010

Everyone is talking about making money on the internet.  I find that a lot of classic logic, logic my grandfather taught me close to twenty years ago is still more valid than a lot of what you read today.  I’ll go out on a limb here and say someone you looked up to taught you this same lesson.

Treat others how you want to be treated.

I know?!  I’m writing a blog about THAT?!  I must really be running on an empty well over here.  No, I’m afraid that wisdom my grandfather shared with me long before I could tie a tie or create a fancy metallic effect in Photoshop was to put out into the world what I hoped to get back.

That is true offline, and that is true on Twitter.  So many people are out there, whether they be competitors, peers in related industries, or perfect strangers, they are looking to make a connection.  Open yourself up, be generous with yourself, and you will find that gift returned again and again.

I’ll tell you a story of my week, this week of Christmas 2009.  A friend of mine asked me if I knew a skilled photographer, and it turned out that I knew a fantastic photographer that could help him.  I exchanged the contact information with this other friend, and as these things do a deal was met and business was conducted through a couple Direct Messages on Twitter.

Fantastic in and of itself, that same friend today sent me a message that they needed my services on a project of their own.  Once again, not a single phone was picked up, not even an e-mail was exchanged and once again business has been conducted through Direct Messages on Twitter.

My example is pretty immediate, and you won’t always have a return so soon after offering a random act of kindness but I’ll tell you first hand that this is not the first time business has been conducted over Direct Messages on Twitter, and I’m confident it won’t be the last.

Why not join the conversation?  Why not jump in as a peer in our ever growing network, be generous, be genuine, and like my grandfather said “treat others how you want to be treated.”  You never know where it might take you.