Due to the popularity of Twitter, one would assume that EVERY student has a Twitter account right? Wrong! I come across students everyday who make comments like “Twitter is just another Facebook. Why do I need an account?” Or one of my favorites, “I’m just suppose to follow and read tweets. This is pointless.” This lead me to thinking, “Why should students have a Twitter account?”
Below is a list of reasons I’ve compiled to answer that question, along with reasons submitted via Twitter.
- Connections. This is the most obvious as Twitter is a social networking site. The idea is that you will connect with others that have the same interest as you.
- To Learn. Learn about the business you wish to enter. Listen to what others are saying about an organization or career path.
- Self-promotion. If you are good at something (i.e. strong writer, producing YouTube videos, etc.) and want to share it with others, Twitter can help with that. Twitter is also an ideal platform to let others know if you are looking for an internship or job. However, this could be a double-edge sword, so be cautious of how you promote yourself.
- Research. What does the competition for the job market look like? Are there skill sets you need to acquire prior to graduation to remain current in your desired field?
- Brevity. You must get your meaning across in 140 characters. Twitter will force you to be concise. That’s not a bad habit.
- Stay current. What are the trends in your area of interest? What’s the talk around the water cooler?
- Access. Your new found connections come with access to a plethora of information. People are willing to help, even if that means just pointing you in the right direction.
What are some additional reasons you believe students should have a Twitter account? Why do you (or don’t you) have a Twitter account?