Using Twitter to stay on task

Social networking is everywhere.  These days many folks are connected through online networks like Facebook, Twitter, My Space and Linked In.  I personally use Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.  I use them for different reasons.  Facebook is my network to connect with friends and only a few close colleagues.  I use it for more personal, day-to-day sort of information.  Twitter and Linked In, though, I use solely for professional connections.  I must admit that I haven’t done much with Linked In, but Twitter and I have hit it off.

While social networking online can be a time zapper, it can also help you stay on task — at least that’s what I’ve found.  I follow a relatively small amount of folks on Twitter (just under 70 at the moment).  Many of them are fellow freelance writers.  Others are great for idea generation.  In connecting with other writers through Twitter, I’m often inspired to plug away at work after reading their brief updates of what they are doing.

And I often post on Twitter what I’m working on.  Once I have it “out there,” I feel more accountable to make sure it gets done.  In a way, my connections on Twitter serve as my co-workers and sometimes my boss by keeping me on task.

Instead of being a time zapper, it actually keeps me working some days.  And on the times I think about cutting out early, I wonder what my fellow Twitter-ers would think.  I know in reality, they don’t care too much, but it helps keep me on track.

And, yes, I’ve been able to use connections made through Twitter to get a couple of writing and editing jobs.  That alone makes the few minutes I spend on Twitter nearly daily worth it.

How do you use social networking?

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