I’ve had to stop following people when their incessant tweeting drowns out everyone else. But it’s a small downside, and just a matter of finding the right people who can teach you a thing or two. Here’s what I’ve been doing to make the most of the platform.
Feedback from other designers
When you don’t receive constructive criticism, it’s too easy to believe your work’s the best thing since chilli Doritos and hot dip. Clients are normally the first to open your eyes, but it’s always good when a fellow designer gives it to you straight prior to any client communication.
There’s a top community of logo designers on Twitter. If you ask nicely they’re more than happy to offer advice. You’ll also find collections of talented web designers / developers who tweet, though I’m not too sure why you find me via that second link.
Unless you genuinely respect the designer giving feedback, take comments with a pinch of salt — not everyone’s as competent as you, and not everyone will have time to familiarise themselves with details of your project.
Help with client concerns
There are ways to address this, and there are ways to avoid. I don’t recommend naming your clients (feathers can easily be ruffled), but if you mention the important points of your concerns, we’re a friendly bunch, and it’s likely that one of us has experienced the same issue.
Twitter can also help you out of a website fix.
Especially when working from home, on your Todd (like me), Twitter can act as a welcome break from work. One of the things I miss most about an office environment is the regular interaction with colleagues, so it’s nice to see what’s happening, real-time, in the lives of people in know.
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How many of you still use del.icio.us? For me, it’s not nearly as much as I used to, and I’m sure the site has taken a hit with more and more of us sharing (and collecting) our bookmarks via Twitter.
Twitter’s like del.icio.us with conversations.
How are you using Twitter?
With deadlines to meet, I don’t use it too often — though it’s all relative, as I still tweet almost every day. I’m sure I could make more use of the resource when a question crops up, but it’s a (bad?) habit of mine to try helping myself before asking others.
Actually, the search tool is an excellent way to find answers, or to find feedback on a particular product or service before buying anything, so Twitter does help even if I don’t take up your time by posting a question.
Have you been guided through a fix on Twitter?
Are you borderline obsessive? ;)
Share your Twitter tales of wonderment.