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The Phenomenon

It was born on March 21, 2006 and emerged with the words, “just setting up my twttr” from founder Jack Dorsey.

Three hundred billion Tweets later, Twitter has taken the world by storm with a recent IPO and Market Capitalization of over $21 billion.

200 million Individuals send over 500 million Tweets per day.

The Inspiration

I was inspired to write this blog based on a conversation I had with two separate people over the past few months. One was a colleague here at SAP and the other with my Uncle, an English Professor.  In both instances, I asked them what their Twitter handles were.

The responses puzzled me:

  • My Uncle noted that he did not have an account and that no one would be interested in his comings and goings.
  • A colleague here at SAP noted that his kids use Twitter, but he didn’t see the value in it as a “location based service.” His account remained inactive because of the perceived lack of value.

The Opportunity

A light bulb went off in my head. I saw an opportunity. It became apparent to me that Twitter has a “perception” problem.

I came up with three talking points to convince them otherwise:

  • Twitter is about content, not what you are doing - Twitter is not an “I’m here doing this right now” thing. In all honesty, I know no one cares I am at the Newtown Square Starbucks sipping a Carmel Macchiato (I am not). But some people might care about content of similar interest that I am sharing. For me, examples are SAP Customer Stories or interesting News about Cloud Computing or Philadelphia Sports. Tweet it, but include a link to that content!  What are you interested in? At work or at home?  Maybe its beer, maybe its Yoga, maybe it’s Fantasy Football. Include a link to some interesting content and Tweet it!  Twitter is a content sharing engine.

  • Twitter is about connections. A byproduct of sharing content is making connections. Twitter gives you the opportunity to connect with people of similar interests, folks you would have never met in 1,000 years. You now have the opportunity to share common interests, engage in conversations, introduce yourself and take conversations “off line” if you choose to. Twitter is a social, connection engine.

  • Twitter is also a tool to help promote your personal brand and SAP (or the company of your choice) – No matter what your role is, Twitter gives us the opportunity to promote your personal brand and SAP (or your company). Think about what you are interested in or your expertise… Include a link to some interesting content and Tweet it! Think of all the news articles that are published about SAP. What if you shared one article a day with your network?  It just might amplify the SAP message.  It might just show how SAP is improving people’s lives. It might even help people understand what SAP does for our customers.

Twitter is so much more than an “I’m here” tool. It helps you share information, insight, comments and make connections. I hope I have convinced you of the value. In closing, I would strongly suggest that every SAP employee have a Twitter account.  Using Twitter can help both your personal brand and SAP.

Does this blog convince you?

The Asks

  1. If you do not already have a Twitter account, create one and start using it today.
  2. Follow me @mmankow