Twitter for People that don’t “get” Twitter


I’m uncomfortable with anyone referring to me as an expert, unless it has to do with cereal or cheap red wine – which is why I feel a little funny writing a post titled “Twitter for People that don’t get Twitter”. It implies that I’m some sort of Twitter expert.

Clearly, I’m not. (But you can follow Marty on Twitter here.)

Since I created my account in 2009, I’ve accumulated just 802 followers. Many of them have no interest in reading anything I have to write. Sometimes when I send out a Tweet it feels like I’m standing in the middle of a remote forest carrying on a conversation with myself. But that’s okay. I have a wife and two kids. I’m used to no one listening to me.

If you’re one of those people that don’t “get” Twitter, here is all you need to know:

Twitter’s real value has less to do with how many followers you have and everything to do with those people, places and businesses you choose to follow. Think of Twitter as your conduit to the conscious thoughts of those individuals and organizations that possess unique humor, insights, ideas, and information about the stuff you’re really interested in.

Some of the brightest thinkers and creators in the world, from business to technology to real estate to personal growth to sports, are now sharing what they know with the world on Twitter. A few will even engage in a conversation with you, and answer your questions, in the Twitterverse.

I’ve built my Twitter feed like an exclusive, invitation-only party. Only those that inform, educate, inspire, make me laugh, or take me to places I can’t go, are allowed inside. My bio reads “Husband, Father, real estate investor, instructor, part-time helicopter camera guy and Arizona sports fan.” I’m passionate about these things, and getting better at them. So, if someone tweets intelligently about parenting, real estate, photography or sports then I will follow them, regardless of how many followers they may have.

I follow journalists, church pastors, small business owners, successful Realtors, musicians, comedians, economists, professional athletes, stay at home Moms and sports reporters. Twitter is my morning, afternoon, and evening newspaper, scrubbed clean of all the crap I don’t care about.

Which brings me back to my tweeting. Before sending out a tweet to my modest group of followers I ask myself, “will this comment inform, educate, inspire, make someone laugh or take them to a place they couldn’t go?” If the answer is yes then I hit send. Occasionally, I’m clever enough to get a response or two.

If you’ve been avoiding Twitter because you don’t “get” it, here’s some advice from a cheap red wine expert – start out by following the news makers, news breakers, thought leaders and free thinkers in your industry. Also remember when you do tweet to be brief, be bright and be gone.

And if you’re looking for a smooth, inexpensive Merlot, I recommend the one that comes in a box, on sale.




Like, Tweet, share...



Other things you can do...

Search for Homes
Email Updates

About the Author
Marty Boardman

Marty Boardman is the owner and Chief Financial Officer for Rising Sun Capital Group, LLC, a real estate investment firm in Gilbert, Arizona. His company flips 30-40 homes a year. Marty is also a Realtor for Thompson’s Realty. He writes about his investments and the greater-Phoenix housing market at Marty is an accredited instructor for the Arizona Department of Real Estate and teaches a 3-hour agency law class called “Attracting Investor Clients”.

The Phoenix Real Estate Guy runs on AgentPress

AgentPress is a specialized WordPress theme for real estate agents and brokers, powered by the industry standard Genesis Framework. With AgentPress on your team, you're empowered to get the most out of WordPress for online marketing.

Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that powers any successful website. And AgentPress provides the specific listing and lead-generation functionality real estate pros need to succeed.

Find out more about AgentPress here.


We always appreciate your comments! Phoenix Real Estate Guy uses two commenting systems, Facebook and LiveFyre. LiveFyre is the most robust system (and easy to use!). It allows you to login with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ LinkedIn, OpenId, LiveFyre and as a "Guest". I recommend getting a LiveFyre account, it has some great features (just click the LiveFyre button when you write your comment).


BLOG COMMENT POLICY: We respectfully ask that you use your real name (first name only is fine) and not use keywords (Why no keywords?). The only real "comment rules" are be civil -- no personal attacks -- and no advertising. (See the full comment policy here). Opinion and debate are welcome, but attack the idea, not the person.


LiveFyre Comments

Facebook Comments




More in Humor (2 of 19 articles)