If you use Twitter heavily, chances are you’ve heard of AskAaronLee. I’ve followed him for just about a year now and finally decided, I would ask Aaron Lee some questions. 5 to be exact, here is what I asked and what he had to say:
Twitter has been around since July 2006 you joined in March of 2009. How did you hear about it? Why did you join twitter? What were you expectations, if any? And how does it compare to other social media networks?
Aaron: I actually started off offering social bookmarking services back in 2009. I would help people to bookmark their blog post or websites. One of the place I help people to put their link was twitter. Then when I was on twitter, I started to follow some people. I was like “what are they doing” I participated and talked with some people. Loved it ever since. I didn’t really have any expectations just to participate with what people are talking about.
Twitter is very different with other social networking sites because it takes away those relationship boundaries. It is because of twitter that we’re able to converse here today don’t you think so? Thanks twitter!
Most of your tweets deal with mostly with social media and it seems like you read quite a bit from many different sources. What are your top 5 social media articles of all time and what are your top 5 social media resources you’d encourage others to subscribe to?
Aaron: Yes, I love to learn and one way to learn is to read and tweet about it. Top 5 articles? That will be a tough one. I would recommend those articles that remained in my head up to today.
The 5 social media resources that I would encourage others to subscribe to are:
Your Facebook Page says you offer social media advice for individuals and to businesses. What are your top five suggestions for both?
Aaron: Most of the advice are based on my experience, tips that I would recommend for individuals are
1) Engage, engage, engage – Start listening and engaging, then talk. Always start by listening to what others are talking and jumping into the conversation. I advice people to talk to at least 5 different people in a day. My “rule of 5”
2) Retweet – If you find something interesting
3) Leave trails – If you read someone’s blog. Try leaving a thoughtful comment on their blog so that they notice you more.
4) Utilize DM’s: Dm’s are great! I have conversation with a lot of people on DM’s.
5) Add people at different social networks: Don’t just follow people on twitter, add them on Facebook too. I love how easy it is to get to know someone better on their Facebook accounts.
For businesses: Business are a little tougher compared to individuals
1) Know your objectives: For business they should always know what their objectives are before they jump in social media.
2) Start listening: Listen to where they potential clients are. Search for keywords. If they are a small business and don’t have a big budget, I would start with twitter search first.
3) Connect: Build a relationship with the potential client. Don’t just respond “hey heard you’re into fishing, visit my blog” they don’t work. If someone asking for help on fishing, try asking them what do they need first, then lead them to your blog post or someone else’s.
4) Build an audience: It’s better to connect with as many relevant people as possible. I recommend using Topsy for that.
5) Continue engaging: Never stop engaging.
You’ve got quite a few notable names following you on Twitter. What are the top three greatest things you’ve seen them do and what are three things you think they shouldn’t have done. (Names are okay to mention or not mention, it’s up to you)
Aaron: The greatest thing that I’ve seen them do is:
1) @Unmarketing – Raising $25,000 in 30 hours on twitter
2) @Alyssa_Milano – Raising for Charity water and being so down to earth. Everyone loves her. Even me!
3) Tweeting for hope. A few days ago, I received a tweet from someone asking if I could tweet one of her friends because she has cancer. Of course I did it. Its hard going through it and she’s on twitter and everyone is looking out for her.
Things some shouldn’t do
1) Ignore people tweets – I know some are popular people but ignoring everyone?
2) Complaining not having enough of replies
3) Selling to everyone
Pretty much all of these questions have had sub-questions, sorry for the trickery… well sort of. You’ve got 140 characters to give insight on social media, what is it?
Aaron: Social media is here to stay whether you like it or not, social networks might change though. Start listening or “die”
A little info about AskAaronLee:
Aaron describes himself as an “Average Joe” with a strong passion for social media. He loves the idea of using social media for branding and building a presence online. Aaron is a blogger at askaaronlee.com giving tips on social media and Twitter.