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I’m On Twitter, Now What?

Now that you have the 12 step program to get set up on Twitter, you’ll need to grow your network. You’ve planted the seed, now let’s water it and fertilize it so you don’t have to talk to yourself (which seriously, I did when I got started even as a joke… “hey @LaniAR how are ya?” “oh @LaniAR I’m great, I just ate spaghetti.”).

Check Your Karma

Today we’re going to rock your Twitter world with Twitter Karma. What’s that? It’s a website you go to, sign in with your Twitter username and password, hit “WHACK!” (for whatever reason) and immediately, all of your followers and those you follow are listed.

I love that you can easily scan to see who isn’t following you yet (like in the beginning, my friend @PhoenixREGuy who luvs me but didn’t realize he wasn’t tweeting with me, so I emailed him- problem solved). You can also see who you accidentally missed and there is even a “bulk follow” or “bulk unfollow” feature if you like everyone and want to follow them back OR you need to start all over and unfollow everyone and individually select your buddies. This tool is a great visual for your Twitter network and a wonderful way to insure you didn’t overlook someone or Twitter didn’t send you a notification! Twitter Karma is a work in progress and isn’t always perfect (especially since it relies on Twitter’s reliability), but it sure beats the heck out of not knowing at all who is with you on Twitter!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Todd

    September 15, 2008 at 9:01 am

    “…for whatever reason…”

    It’s because Twitter is still not allowing using oAuth ( ).

    Also, FYI. You can see who in your web mail address book(s) is on Twitter, natively, using just the first step in your Twitter account;

    1 – Click “invite more” just above the pictures of your Twitter Friends.
    2 – Choose the web based mail you already use.
    3 – You will be shown the people in your address book who are Twitter users that you have not have added to your Twitter Friends.
    ( Tip you can jump out of the invite process after viewing the list. “Friends don’t spam friends!” )

  2. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    September 15, 2008 at 10:03 am

    “…for whatever reason…” was in reference to the word “WHACK” being used for the directive instead of “go” or “karma-ize” or something relevant.

    Thanks for the additional info Todd, that’s a great tip for growing your Twitter network!

  3. ines

    September 15, 2008 at 10:12 am


  4. @AustinAaron

    September 15, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I’ve officially been using twitter for 2 whole weeks! I know . . . now I want my cookie. 🙂 In the span of that 2-week time period, I’ve been invited to a tweetup with @daveiam and friends (very sad to have missed), learned of co-working from @juliegomoll (opening Launchpad Austin in October), sat impatiently waiting for @peejster69 to tweet an update from the eye of Ike (he lost everything but his life), and now have a network of agents to call on spanning all the way to the UK (you know that Santa Fe RE goes in upwards of $500/SF?). All of this within 14 days and having never met a single one of them in person.

    The power of this social medium is astounding. I don’t think it was until the night of Ike that I realized the community spirit that exists within my own little circle of followers/following. I’ve since recruited 5 new twitterers and by doing so, helped a New Haven, CT, client re-list her home in preparation for her move to Austin.

    For those still questioning the usefulness of twitter, I say this, “Sign-up, post your daily happenings, and then check out to find other twits in your area.” Just another fantastic tool to assist you in increasing your sphere of influence. Or, at least to know that @orchid8 makes what sounds to be some of the best lunches in the world. Try it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised of the benefit.

    My suggestion? So graciously suggested by our very own “Queen of the Net”, Ms. @LaniAR.

    *Ms. Lani . . . if you would like to assist in the whole linking codes, I would be grateful.

  5. Gus Rojo aka: @Mr_Monopoly

    September 15, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Being one of @AustinAarons recruited “twitterers” (4 days into it) I must add that Twitter is like everything else — you only get out of it what you put into it. Things worth doing take time, as does Twitter. Do not expect to become a celebrity Twitterholic overnight. What do you offer? Advice, expertise, service/products, or entertainment? My advice: pick your niche, build it, and they will come.

    Interested in finding out who the top Twitterholics based on Followers are? Check them out here:

    PS. Correction to @AustinAaron link: not 🙂

  6. Todd

    September 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I would offer a dissenting opinion in opposition to Mr. Gus Rojo aka: @Mr_Monopoly

    Twitter’s first and foremost function for real estate agents is as a listening tool.

    The 15,000,000 people using Twitter have a lot to say – Use the available tools to listen to first time buyers, sellers, home owners who need your services. I see too many people using Twitter as a megaphone instead of a parabolic microphone. Example:

    Learn to listen to Twitter first. You’ll see the ROI immediately.

  7. Benn Rosales

    September 15, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Todd, we echo your feelings, and you arent disenting at all! THANK you for saying it! I feel like there is a class of agent that gets Twitter almost immediately and normally we would classify those folks as true entrepreneurs (not that some entrepreneurs wont get it and pass it over), and another class that you really have to drag kicking and screaming while giving them possible avenues of use in their business for them to even pay attention (the old solution in a box mentality).

    I know that just getting in (as you say) and listening (or just getting your mingle on) the above average agent will find more than they could have every imagined.

  8. Elaine Hanson

    September 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Lani, you’ve been a tremendous help with Twitter. However, I still have trouble doing a more than just lurking around people with whom I don’t already have a relationship. I have done a lot of listening, and as Benn said above, it really has helped me to learn, but sometimes I feel like the kid who started school 3 months into the term. Any suggestions would be helpful.
    If I missed something helpful in one of your previous Twitter posts, you may give me a fail and send me back a grade.
    (Yes, this all sounds whiney even to me, but please hold the psychoanalysis)

  9. Rich Jacobson

    September 15, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    This is WAY cool! How did I miss this one?….I really need to get out more!

  10. Missy Caulk

    September 22, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Gosh, what a cool tool, thanks now to find out who is and who is not following me. The following me will be the most interesting as I have no clue.

  11. Jason

    September 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Had no idea Twitter would take off like this.

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