Welcome to #AITPNCC: Social Media Guide
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Posted by: Melinda Thrasher, AITP NCC Social Media Reporter
Get the most out of networking at this year's Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference in San Antonio, Texas from March 29th to April 1st 2012. Tap into the twitter network and join your peers using the #AITPNCC tag to comment, ask questions and meet people. For experienced social media enthusiasts, that's all that needs to be said. However, if you're new to the digital communication age, welcome and keep reading.
As I learned during this year's Microsoft MVP Nation conference, the power of social media can connect you in new and exciting ways. Here's an easy guide on how to get started.
These days many types of devices can keep you connected including your smart phone, laptop, tablet or netbook. Personally I keep connected on the go with my phone but prefer to use TweetDeck on my netbook on the go. TweetDeck is one of a few twitter feed manager applications which helps you organize the topics and people you're following.
Downloading the app on your phone or computer is simple and setting up a profile is as easy as choosing a name and connecting it to your email. It can also be connected to other social media apps such as Linkedin and facebook.
Following people and companies is a smart way to stay on top of news, events and current trends in the industry. Engaging in current discussion topics using the # sign opens up a whole new channel of connecting to people at live events like AITP NCC 2012.
For those of you who are new to twitter, the whole premise is that you have 140 characters to put out a message. It's not quite true because in order to let someone retweet (forward) your message there has to be room for that information. If you're into networking you can think of it as header information. If you look at other people's tweets you'll notice it by the RT that is added.
If you care to engage with someone's tweets remember that when you reply to a message the original is not attached like traditional email so be specific with your message. Keep in mind everything you tweet is public record and can be read by anyone in a connected network. The positive marketing potential for this is amazing but keep in mind your etiquette even with your online presence especially considering you never know who may be paying attention. For people you are connected with you can send a direct message, which is private but still limited to the same 140 characters.
Keep in mind the same security rules you would with email, if a link looks questionable, don't click on it. Check out the profile on the people who send you messages and if they have little to no information, think twice about connecting unless you know them personally.
Even if you can't make it to this year's event you can use the #AITPNCC hash tag to follow along from home or wherever you roam.
So engage in the fun, reach out to your peers and use the #AITPNCC hash tag when you tweet during this year's event. I'll be there as your "Social Media Reporter” and leading the tweets wherever I go. Tweet with me, or better yet, meet me there in person.
Melinda Thrasher, AITP NCC Social Media Reporter
ITT-Tech Seattle Washington AITP Student Chapter