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.