The path of life lies in the heart of the traveller
As a craftsman, your art is your major point of value in your market niche. It is where you will mostly need to direct most of your craft efforts in other to get great results from your market niche; your market niche relationship and demand behaviour and performance is mostly dependent on the art you’re offering and the value surrounding it. It is: the object of your craft; your product; the interest of your market niche relationship; and what you offer to your market niche demand. Another important point of value for you as a craftsman which your market niche relationship and demand behaviour and performance is also dependent on is your person or self. So, as it is for every craftsman, you will mostly have to be concerned with your art (the craft work), your person or self (the craftsman; you), and with the market niche relationship and demand (the craft partners, investors, and customers) for your art (the craft work); your art will need to come out great, your person or self will need to have great quality and skill, you will need quality market niche relationship and demand. In this post, I’ll be sharing with the craftsman a simple-to-understand help text and my own personal tricks on how to use Twitter as an electronic workspace and board for his arts with great results.
Twitter is a social resource and tool for people and businesses with various expertise and interests to connect with other people and businesses, or share, or get, information on their expertise or interests in continuous real time. It’s a social network populated with millions of real people and businesses around the world. It is popularly ranked the second largest social network on the web today. Twitter is also well known for its: very short character limit (140 max. character limit), exclusive user-interface nomenclature and design, and, concentration of quality real world individuals and organisations (Twitter users). The function of Twitter as a social resource and tool for people and businesses to connect with other people and businesses, or share, or get, information on their expertise or interests, and its number of other popular and quality characteristics makes it an invaluable alternative tool for the craftsman and his arts; it gives you a virtual model of the real world people and businesses that make up the real world market niche that desire your art, and links you up with them for communication and sharing.
You may already have an account on Twitter, but, if you don’t have one yet, you can go to Twitter to sign up for your own Twitter account, then get started with your craft and art experience on Twitter with the following help and tricks:
#- Twitter as a workspace:
Twitter’s design and features makes it possible for it to serve as a workspace for the craftsman; for communication, learning, or information work concerning his craft and art. The craftsman’s business work unarguably demands business-oriented communication, learning, and information collection or research. He can leverage the Twitter resource for communication with the people and businesses that form the market niche for his craft and arts; learning of craft related or supporting knowledge; and sourcing of craft related or supporting information. To use Twitter for this and get great results:
#1- Let your profile bio describe you, your craft and your arts well:
Every connection and relationship is dependent on communication. Your ability to communicate about you, your craft and your arts well through your profile bio will add greatly to the number of successful and relevant connection cases you make on Twitter. Most social network site technology will match your entire profile parameters with those of other users and bring to you users having closely matching parameters, the Twitter resource undoubtedly runs on a similar technology.
#2- Ensure you find time to read and understand the Twitter terms and conditions of service, or get a professional to explain the terms well to you:
The use of a network service, or product, may sometimes be bound to terms and conditions. Twitter also has its own terms and conditions which you are expected to be in agreement with before using the resource. You will need to read and understand it well before using the resource, or find time to read it after your initial use. Sound understanding of the Twitter terms and conditions will help you with using Twitter for your crafts and arts without violating any rights or laws while doing so.
#3- Connect with people and businesses having relevance to your craft and arts:
When choosing people and businesses to connect with on Twitter, ensure to check how quality they are themselves, using their profile information, and ensure to also check how relevant they are to your craft and arts through an evaluation of their profile details and information for possible relevance. Connecting with people randomly may not contribute to the performance of your craft and arts for one simple reason: your connection might have no relevance to your craft and arts, and, with no relevance there is mostly no interest from any discrete party for anything. It is undoubtedly more beneficial for you to connect with people or businesses having prospects of becoming a customer, partner or investor for your craft and arts. Your friends and family should not be excluded from those you would choose to connect to.
#4- Identify the people and businesses with the highest degree of relevance to your craft and arts:
Look through your Twitter connections any moment, identify the people and businesses with any sort of relevance to your craft and arts and note them. Gauge the degree of relevance of the ones you note and give those with the highest degree of relevance the most attention and engagement. The quality of your approach and engagement will go a long way in determining the degree of value you make from your connections in the long run.
#5- Approach and engage the quality people and businesses with the most relevance to your craft and arts:
Those Twitter connections with most relevance to your craft and arts, like in the real world, will form your market niche relationship and demand population; they are the ones you will need to direct your craft and arts efforts towards. You will need to approach and engage them with opportunities, ensure you do so with care and respect. Do not forget, the rules of human behaviour that binds and governs interactions in the real world will apply here, as the models of real world people and businesses that you connect with on the Twitter resource are automated by real humans. People will embrace quality relationship and offers (arts or craft related opportunities) more and often. Your ability to maintain a quality relationship with your connections and continuously deliver quality offers to them will influence the performance of your craft and arts. Share with your connections, listen to them, and respond to them.
#6- If you will work with a team on your craft and arts, make them work with you on Twitter and guide them on how it can work for what the team will be doing or will assign them to do:
Your team can leverage Twitter for team relationship and work. You and your team members can establish and maintain team communication by making team members sign up for a personal Twitter account. For those with no prior experience or knowledge of using Twitter you may need to first guide them through the user basics, and for those with a prior knowledge, you will only need to guide them on how Twitter can be used for your work. You can create a Twitter account dedicated to the craft and arts which you and your team are working on. If you and your team will work under a company or organisation platform, ensure you create a dedicated Twitter account for the company or organisation; making your team or organisation have a dedicated account on Twitter will help the performance of your team or organisation with their craft, arts, and market niche too.
#7- Follow experts in your area of craft and arts to learn new things concerning your craft and arts:
You will find various experts on Twitter. If you’re lucky to find experts in your area of craft and arts, follow them to learn new things concerning your craft and arts. Real world experts on Twitter will continuously share information, or their opinion on specific issues, concerning their area of expertise through their user accounts to the Twitter content stream, popularly called the ‘Timeline’ on Twitter. If you follow anyone on Twitter, you will be able to see what they share on their ‘Timeline’. You will continue to get access to expert information concerning your craft and arts by simply following an expert in your craft and arts with an active and dedicated ‘Timeline’. Experts can also recommend you or your arts on their ‘Timeline’ or to their connections.
#8- Follow content broadcasters to get the latest information updates:
Experts will mostly only feed you information concerning their specific area of expertise, or their opinion on issues related to their expertise, but content broadcasters may share both information related or unrelated to your craft and arts. You will have access to a broader base of information by following content broadcasters on Twitter; information that goes beyond your craft and arts, and into other important aspects of your life that will be beneficial to you, your craft and your arts directly or indirectly. As said earlier, by following anyone on Twitter you can see what they share on their ‘Timeline’. Find content broadcasters and see what category of content they share. If you like what they share, you can have access to see it on your ‘Timeline’ by following them. Content broadcasters can also recommend you or your arts on their ‘Timeline’ or to their connections.
#- Twitter as a board:
Twitter is suitable for use as a board for the craftsman’s arts as well; its sharing feature makes it useful for this purpose, and it is this feature that is most important for the craftsman’s arts. It is only in sharing your arts that their value is communicated to the people and businesses that form the real world market niche. Using Twitter, the craftsman can share his arts with the other people and businesses on Twitter that form the real world market niche with aid of the multimedia sharing function embedded on the network. Twitter is suitable for sharing your arts in a text, picture, audio or video format. To use Twitter for this and get great results:
#1- You can only share your craft and arts in a text of not-more-than 140 characters and one photo in a post at a time:
The Twitter user interface is designed to let users share text of not-more-than 140 characters and a picture image in a post at a time, and you will not be exempted. You have to make the Twitter interface work in its own way for you. You can only share your craft and arts in a text of not-more-than 140 characters and a picture image in a post at a time. You are either sharing your craft and arts in a short text or in one photo. Your text can speak about your craft and arts, or your photo can show what your craft and arts look like. The text or photo you share about your craft and arts is posted to your ‘Timeline’. Your ‘Timeline’ can be viewed by people and businesses who visit your personal Twitter page and it will remain visible on the ‘Timelines’ of those who follow your personal Twitter page
#2- When you need to share your craft or arts in text more than the 140 text character limit, more photos, audio or other forms of content, create and post content on website or blog and post web or blog links on Twitter:
The Twitter user interface design will work for you within its limits beyond which you will have to deal with its limitations or forget about using it beyond its limits. The Twitter limits don’t make the Twitter resource a bad idea itself; it only makes it a bad idea for you for use outside its limits. When faced with the Twitter sharing limitations (not-more-than 140 characters and one photo post at a time), you can deal with it by posting what you will be sharing about your craft and arts to a website or blog and sharing the web or blog links in your post to your Twitter ‘Timeline’. Websites and blogs provide features for posting up a larger number of text characters or photos, and it also supports the posting of other possible sharing formats such as: audio and video. The web or blog links are the web or blog address texts; they will link a user from any other location on the internet to your space by a click.
#3- Check for errors in the art you choose to share and in your post before posting on Twitter and website or blog:
Errors in your arts can put off people and businesses, and discourage them from trusting your craft and arts. An error is an unwanted and mostly unfavourable characteristic or feature added to a thing knowingly or unknowingly. Ensure you check your arts for errors thoroughly before you go ahead to share them. Check your posts for errors too before posting on Twitter and website or blog. People and businesses are attracted by value. Make your arts hold more value, make your posts hold more value, and the people and businesses you connect and share with will get more attracted to your craft and arts.
#4- Repeat the sharing of each of your art at regular intervals and different periods of the day to increase visibility and compensate for differences in ‘Time Zone’ in other geographic locations where people and businesses connect from:
The objective of sharing your arts is to increase its visibility. When you post to your Twitter ‘Timeline’, the people and businesses you are connected with on Twitter can see what you post on their own ‘Timeline’ when they sign in to Twitter, but their ‘Timelines’ will also be automatically populated with what is shared by their other connections. You may also be sharing your arts at a time when people and businesses in other geographic locations may not be on Twitter. So to give your arts increased visibility and to compensate for time differences between geographic locations, repeat the sharing of your arts at regular intervals and different periods of the day. The repeated sharing of your arts will increase the number of possible successful viewing cases for your arts.
#5- Ensure you add details of your arts and instructions on how to secure your arts, if you are offering it out commercially:
Do not forget this: Twitter allows sharing, not selling. So, if you choose to sell the arts you share on Twitter to your connections, add an instruction that will guide them on purchasing your arts. You may include a link to a website or a blog that gives full details of your arts and instructions on how to buy them in your post to Twitter. Your connections will need all these help when making a decision to acquire your arts.
#6- Ensure you assert and protect your ownership (or that of others, in a third party case) of your arts (or that of others, in a third party case) when sharing:
Sharing exposes arts publicly, but that is not to stop sharing. For sharing, the ownership and rights of ownership of the art is only required to be respected. People and businesses are expected to respect the ownership and ownership rights of others over their arts; where it is respected, there is no harm to fear, but where it is not, there is harm to fear. It is to combat such harm and violation that art is protected. The ownership of art is created when art is created. The protection of art is created by the law, under rights upon the ownership of the art. It is necessary to protect your art with the law to permit you to defend ownership of your art against infringers in a legal court with the support of the law. Depending on the protection laws applicable to your arts, you should protect your arts immediately after creation, or at a later time after creation, before or after sharing. You should find out about the protection laws applicable to your arts from a professional, if you are in doubt about which is applicable. When sharing, ensure you assert and protect your ownership (or that of others, in a third party case) of your arts.
Disclaimer: The text in this blog post is not guaranteeing that you will make it using Twitter for your craft and arts. MAKING IT IS SOLELY DEPENDENT ON YOU, YOUR CRAFT, YOUR ARTS AND YOUR EFFORTS TOWARDS YOUR TWITTER EXPERIENCE.
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