Everybody has to start somewhere.
I reached a few social media milestones last week and it got me thinking about my own start on Twitter. When did I send my first tweet? What did I say? Was anyone even listening?
Luckily for me, the good folks at Twitter recently launched a website, called 'first-tweets.com', that lets users search for their own (or others') first tweet. Turns out, my first tweet was sent on December 30, 2009 and it was a New Year's wish acknowledging the previous year and decade.
Over 5,500 tweets and 3,900 followers later, I've come a long way. I guess someone was listening, after all. My active social media accounts now include Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Foursquare, Snapchat, Klout and Kred. More importantly, my social network consists of thousands of followers, professional connections and friends who I've had the privilege of sharing some really great content with since December 2009.
These last four years have been a period of rapid growth for me and my personal brand. My Twitter community has grown at an annual rate of 46%. My online social influence, as you might expect, has also seen tremendous growth. Kred, a tool that measures social media influence, now ranks me in the top 5% of influential social media users in the Global Kred community (i.e., all of Twitter).
It's been an exciting time for me and I've enjoyed the ride. If you're not on the social media bandwagon, why not climb aboard and join me for the rest of the ride? If the past is any indication, it's going to be a fast one!
For some of my earliest blogs on social media, please see:
• Social Media – Are You Connected?
• Are You Embracing Social Media?
• Business Storytelling for Social Media
• Make Your Personal Brand Stand Out in LinkedIn
• Extend Your Brand's Reach with Twitter