Twitter Mantras from Twitter Monk

December 29, 2009

Photo Tips


Note from Rick: Hey all, if you are not on twitter, you are missing out on expanding your customer base, on meeting other photographers –  and on having some added fun on the internet. In this post, our Twitter Monk Jack Hollingsworth offers some mantras – which like all mantras, should be in your mind every day. Also, follow DEP on twitter.

  1. Join the conversation now. Twitter is no longer a nicety for Photographers but a necessity.
  2. You have 160 word count for your Twitter bio-to tell world who you are, what you shoot and why follower. make it count!
  3. Keep you Signal-to-Noise ratio 5 to 1 (5 part signal(content), 1 part noise (self promotion))
  4. Listen more than you talk. A must. think of Twitter like a giant cocktail mixer-engaging, connecting, relating, getting to know people, listening, sincerely caring.
  5. Feature the work of others more than your own work (you get by giving on Twitter).
  6. On Twitter, branding is not what you say about yourself but what others say about you.
  7. Have a written, concrete, measurable plan for being on Twitter.
  8. Twitter needs Photographic leaders. Not just Followers.
  9. Twitter is not a direct sales platform. Don’t think of it like that. Think more in terms of “return on Influence” not just “return on investment”
  10. By all means, be yourself. Be an expert. Be a content specialist!


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- who has written 1 posts on The Digital Photo Experience.

Jack is one of a few American shooters set up to meet the growing market demand for World Photography. His imagery, a fusion of lifestyle and ethnic photography, is represented by every major stock agency in the industry, including Corbis, Getty, Blend, Masterfile and Veer.

Jack is in the midst of retooling his business to make it more web 2.0 compliant and to leverage internet tools and technologies to redefine his stock photo business and brand.
Follow Jack on Twitter at @photojack

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2 Responses to “Twitter Mantras from Twitter Monk”

  1. Darrin Says:

    I have some friends who do twitter. Maybe I should try it. I just don’t completely understand how it works.


  2. Gary Christy Says:

    Rick, Nice article on Twitter tips and etiquette…Thanks for sharing!


    Twitter – Follow @ lifethroughlens


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