Posts Tagged ‘Social Media in Trinidad’

Y Tweet? Read Here

April 16, 2010

The social media world changed yesterday. Well mine did. In a post about digital footprints and tips for managing same I struck a chord with people. How do I know? I gained 14 followers on Twitter. Ok so the number isn’t that big compared to Ashton and Ellen but hey, for a small island girl like me – it was big. And then I asked – why is Twitter so powerful?

Because it connects us to what we’re interested in. Facebook is your whole life – Twitter is just what you’re thinking/reading/ doing RIGHT NOW. For PR professionals, Twitter is a gold mine of research, opinions, links to articles and schools and classes and events…I dare say you can learn as much from tweeting as you can in one month of PR 101. How?

Its all in who you follow. While who follows you is good for the ego and for killing the need for a personal PR rep, who you follow is genuinely good for you. Examples?

  • By following IABC I found out about a student conference and referred it to a young PR professional that was following me (connection).
  • By following TriniGuardian I was among the first to learn the date of the next national election.
  • By following Steverubel (SVP/Director of Insights for Edelman Digital, AdAge and Forbes columnist and avid sports fan) I learned how big Twitter is (180 million unique visitors to Twitter.com)  and that Nielsen Online found that 73 percent engaged in social media at least once per week.http://j.mp/9zK3Vp
  • By following Googletech (which happened when I started this blog) I learned there are others that believe (as I do) that internet is more important than TV in daily life. I retweeted (RT) that to all my followers

So why did I grow? Well, I RT the articles and information that was interesting and people RT my link to this blog. People clicked on either the blog link or my twitter name @danijones98 and found me interesting – then they added me. Ok so 14 isn’t a big number – but of the 14 only 2 are from Trinidad – so there! My social media world expanded, I have Tweeps in other parts of the world. Ok…sooo?!

SOOOO! I have a global audience thanks to Twitter. A Global audience I probably will never meet face to face but will connect with daily and learn from. How’s that for a change you can believe in. Let me be among the first to say “Twitterversity” may soon be as important as university…though, in the Caribbean we still have a way to go.

So tell me – why do YOU Tweet?

hugs!

Caribbean Communicators 5 Tips When U Join the Conversation

September 27, 2009

Are our Caribbean accents destined to disappear? Imagine the Caribbean without the intricate island accents.  The world around our sparkling waters is changing and so are we. In the social media realm, our accents now blend seamlessly with those of N.America, Europe and as far afield as Asia and Africa’s southernmost regions. LOL you say? If so, you make my point.

The positive aspects of this change allow for our voices to be seen as credible and not forever dismissed by our obvious accents that can cause our messages to face extra challenges of interpretation. One need only turn to our blogs: 5am at mango media caribbean, Trinidad Carnival Diary for example or read our websites http://lyndersaydigital.com/, Tribe or even Guardian.co.tt and you will see a snapshot of who we are – a people defined by our culture – the basic underpinning of communication. So thus, given that communication IS culture, is culture about to become amorphous?

We can fight that. 5 things all Caribbean Communicators can do to keep our cultures alive in the global conversation are:

  1. ACTIVELY UTILIZE SOCIAL MEDIA: Social media is MORE than FACEBOOK. Communicators register for every site possible – Digg.com, Ustream.tv, Youtube.com and others. Let’s join the conversation.
  2. PARTICIPATE IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE: When you join the conversation, speak in YOUR language. Create OUR own terms. My cousins and I joke about “Trinibreviations” for Facebook and Twitter – YMOW (Yah mad or what!), Water More than Flour) and my personal favorite  WUL? (Where you limin?). Use OUR slang, teach the world our phrases and share our culture through your words.
  3. IMBED LINKS TO LOCAL SITES & RESOURCES: Share our culture through links & track them with bitly.com and others. You can showcase our culture to the world, bring business to our shores (even if digital) and, more importantly, shape the conversation and give the Caribbean a voice in the global realm of Web 2.0.
  4. EDUCATE: Share your slides and presentations, talk about your experiences at conferences like EventologyTT and IABCTT activities, tell the world we are a smart people and we have something to offer – if they would just visit our sites
  5. EMPOWER: Empower your networks to do the same. Drag the aunties and grannies, the “helpers” and “fellas” to start groups and chats on our culture, politics, festivals and activities. Empower through community and then ask the world to join the conversations YOU start.

SO, Caribbean Communicators – Go Forth and communicate. The world awaits!