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7 Reasons Why All Designers Should be on Twitter

posted by Manda 27 Comments

1. Connect and Network

Do you have any design heros? People that you look up to? Chances are they are on Twitter. Top designers from all around the world are micro-blogging. Some of them post their work in progress, some of them send out links to their new blog posts, and some talk about their current projects. You’re probably not going to meet these guys on the street, but chances are, you can strike up a conversation with them on Twitter.

Perhaps you’re looking to find a group of designers in your area? Or maybe you want to meet people or designers from a specific company you are targeting for employment? Twitter gives you access to all of these people — in a much more laid-back and friendly environment then email would.

 

2. Keep up with Industry News

If you follow the big design magazines, the design blogs, and the software companies, you’re bound to stay on top of industry news. You’ll know when new versions are coming out; when new widgets, themes, or plugins are released; when a designer moves to a new firm; or when an agency wins an account. No more shoveling through websites, newspapers and magazines — just follow the news that interests you, and let it land at your Twitter doorstep.

 

3. An Endless Supply of Resources

Do you search the web daily, or weekly, looking for the best design articles? Do you peruse the blogs looking for samples, inspiration, or tutorials? Follow the professional bloggers, the big tutorial providers, and the serious designers, and you’ll never have to search the web again. Links to the best design-related information on the web will come pouring in daily to your Twitter account. Save time and be educated!

 

4. Instant Feedback

Working on a new project? Post a link and ask for critiques. You’ll have plenty of 140 character feedback within minutes. What better way to perfect a new logo design or a new web layout? Don’t go to the blogs or forums and wait hours for replies. Use Twitter, and get instant feedback.

 

5. Professional Advice

Twitter is a fantastic place to get expert advice. What should I put in my design portfolio for my interview? Why isn’t this plug-in working? Twitter is even great for non-professional advice: where can I get the best pizza in Chicago, how do you say “dog” in Spanish, or did anyone graduate from the Art Institute? It’s a surprisingly friendly environment — and you’ll be impressed with how willing people are to help.

 

6. Self Promotion

I’ve found Twitter to be an amazing place for self promotion. Every time I post a new Creative Opera blog, I announce it on Twitter. When I finish my new Hyper Pony Studio site, I’ll announce it on Twitter. Are you starting a blog, launching a new website, testing a new plugin? Let the crowd on Twitter know about it. If they like it, it could generate some buzz, and it might give you a nice burst of traffic.

 

7. A Virtual Office

If you’re a freelancer and you work at home, Twitter gives you a group of colleagues. You can use your Twitter friends to bounce ideas around, vent about your day, or chat with during a break. It’s nice to have fellow designers to talk to — especially when you work alone.

So have I convinced you? If you’re ready to start now, go straight to The Ultimate Guide for Everything Twitter. You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a Twitter expert.

Happy Tweets!

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27 Comments

Graphic Design Links and Tutorials March 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Why All Designers Should Twitter…

I just started my Twitter account last week. I had been avoiding it for a while. I knew that I didn’t have a lot of spare time, and I was worried it would just be another daily distraction. But, it didn’t take long for me to see the advantages that…

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Carl Owens March 29, 2009 at 5:04 am

When I first heard about twitter, I have to admit, I turned my nose up at it. I just thought it was another social networking site for teenagers and people with nothing better to do!! I didn’t really like the idea of it, and some of the comments I have heard from people make it sound really boring.

I appear to be wrong!!!

In my research into blog development, it seems that twitter is in fact becoming a very valuable tool for delivering traffic, research and networking with other people in your area of expertise. It’s become something of a phenomenon, and there must be reasons behind it! Ok, I’m sold, it’s now on my ‘things to do list’….

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Manda March 29, 2009 at 10:12 am

I thought the exact same thing, Carl. Why would I want to know what people are having for breakfast? Or when they have a meeting at work? But, it’s so much more than that – at least when you are following the professionals. I think that you’re really going to enjoy it once you get in there!

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james March 29, 2009 at 11:45 am

Thanks for this, I just started a blog and I want to get involved in the online community, and that Ultimate Guide to Everything Twitter really helped me out.

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jeff April 14, 2009 at 12:27 am

now see, i was always under the same impression as carl up there… but i’ve been out of the GD loop for quite a while now because of personal problems. would you reccomend twitter as a means to use as a way to get back in said loop? because honestly i’m not sure where to even start

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Manda April 14, 2009 at 12:50 am

Hi Jeff,

I definitely recommend Twitter to get back in the loop. There are a ton of talented designers, illustrators, animators and agencies on Twitter. I feel more in the loop now that I’m on Twitter than I have in years! If you follow the right people (the designers, or the people in your field) they will post interesting (and useful) links that pertain to design. You’ll get a feel for trends again, for what everyone is thinking and doing, for the events people are attending — it’s great! I’d get on there, find a few designers or bloggers that you are familiar with, and then follow who they are following. It’s education and entertainment all rolled into one. It’s really motivating to converse with so many other designers. And, if you try it and don’t like it, you can always delete your account. It’s free, so there’s really nothing to lose!

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Toby Powell April 20, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I have to say, that I’ve had my website ripped off twice and if it weren’t for twitter and my friends on twitter, I believe these sites would still be up there today. I got such support when I tweeted, lots of people emailing the “theif” and very soon, those sites came down, Twitter is a great tool for shaming design theif’s. I love it and it’s such a great way to meet people from all over and keep fresh and inspired. Good times!

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Manda July 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I agree that twitter is an amazing way to contact with other designers. I believe that Jason Reed also found out about some of his copy-cats through Twitter. I enjoy so many things about it, but the more I use it, the more I’m seeing the “power” in the numbers of people on Twitter when they join together behind a common cause. It’s a pretty wonderful thing. I’m so glad that you were able to have those sites removed.

And, I’ve definitely found inspiration in Twitter – it’s become a constant source of news, tutorials, inspiration – anything and everything design. I have to admit, I’m pretty addicted!

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Raymond Selda April 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Really nice points on why to twitter. I’ve been using Twitter for some time now but before I didn’t really get the concept. Thank you for this article.

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Manda July 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the article! I think it takes a bit for all of us to get into the swing of Twitter, and the best way to use it for our own needs. I just started joining in on the weekly design chats, and those are a blast! I’m still learning too – but the more I understand it, the more I love it.

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Paul Wright April 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

Nice blog

I, like yourself, was very hesitant to sign up to twitter. I thought it was going to be a load of kids talking about what they got up to at school today.

I then took the plunge 2 weeks ago to sign up after my business partner nagged at me for quite a while to do it. I have loved it ever since. The resources that it provides are brilliant. I have discovered loads of useful websites, resources and companies since, just through creative people sharing what they have found… this site as an example!

The only problem it does leave, is time to read all the info that’s being pumped at you all day long. But that’s not a bad thing

Is twitter taking over from RSS?

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Manda July 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I completely understand where you are coming from Paul! It’s true!! It’s such a constant fire-hose of amazing information, it’s almost impossible to keep up! I find myself opening links all day long, then bookmarking my favorites. Then, when I’m doing something boring (like waiting for a scan or a download) I take the time to read through all of the fantastic articles and resources. It’s still extremely hard to keep up though!

I think Twitter probably has taken over RSS for some people. If you’re just on Twitter to take in the information, then you probably don’t need RSS. Especially if you follow your favorite bloggers — they will always tweet their new blog posts. If you’re following them on Twitter, you’ll be the first to know. I still use RSS though so that I can tweet information for others. I also like having RSS as a back-up. If I’m away from Twitter for a few days, I feel completely lost! I need my RSS to catch up 🙂

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Sally Frank April 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Check how many people really follow the links in your Tweets. You will be surprised how few people are really reading and interacting with your Tweets. Set up an account at http://www.bit.ly to see the statistics on your links.

And as far as getting business from your Tweets – nah, the only people following you are in the same line of business competing with you.

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David Airey July 2, 2009 at 8:31 am

Hi Manda,

I’m a bit like Carl (first commenter) in that I was late to climb aboard the bandwagon. But it’s rolling away, and I receive quite a few daily visits from Twitter now.

What I enjoy most are those little insights into the everyday lives of my “online” friends. There are very few of my contacts I have the pleasure of meeting face-to-face, and although Twitter is far from a substitute, it’s still nice.
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Manda July 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I felt like I was late to the party also. I’m still surprised at all of the news articles I read about how useless Twitter is. I think that even if it didn’t drive any traffic to my blog at all, I’d still enjoy it. I love the resources, and I love feeling like I have people to “talk” to in the design field. I still have friends and family members who don’t understand what I do. It’s nice to be able to tweet “Ugh, why does every client choose the one PMS blue that can never be replicated in CMYK?” and get responses from people who understand!

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Mark August 19, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Good post. I agree with all of these. Definitely reason why I use twitter. I actually did a post similar to this. Check it out: 5 Reason Why I Tweet http://blog.yellowdoggdesigns.com/2009/08/5-reasons-why-i-tweet/
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Jim January 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

You’re spot-on here. I had joined Twitter earlier because I just jump on everything as soon as I hear about it, but I didn’t really start to leverage it for my brand until recently. I’ve gone to a few talks on the matter, and they all reflect what you’ve said here. Interacting with mentors and clients (and prospective clients!) are probably the most important aspects for me.

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