Who Convinced Me To Sign Up For Twitter? @Kath_Manning That’s Who

Kathleen ManningIn doing this series highlighting some of my social media heroes, its hard to decide what helps someone reach true hero status. But its clear to me, that one of my colleagues, Kathleen Manning aka @Kath_Manning has to be on the list.

Its really pretty funny to think about that first day so long ago. It was three years ago this week actually — February 2, 2009. I was working from home and on a conference call with the other members of our team (most of whom were in a room in St. Louis). Kathleen hadn’t been with the company long but had hit the ground running with social media. The company’s blog got started thanks to the work she did with a small team of folks and we were on Twitter. As she told our team about what she was doing, she said she was interested to know what our area of public affairs could accomplish in the medium and Nick & I volunteered. In fact, I signed up while we were still on the call. LOL!

Signing up came easy. I even found it fairly easy to decide on my handle I wanted to talk to farmers & farm media so cotton was really my greatest connection, and I’ve been called jp off and on for a long time. I found a photo fairly quickly and sent one or two tweets.

For some reason, that motivation wasn’t quite enough. And I think that’s part of why so many people set up a Twitter account and over time forget about it. But that wasn’t happening to me. social-media-hero1

When I didn’t get something, I was able to just send an instant message or an email to Kathleen. She talked and walked me through so many of the basics (several probably took her multiple times to get me to absorb it). And when she told me that I should download tweetdeck rather than using the website, things just spiraled! I was using hashtagging, finding new tweeps I had to follow NOW and more!

Helping me define and find my Twitter mojo is certainly a reason to recognize someone as a social media hero! Who’s been one of your social media heroes in this same way?

Other Social Media Heroes:


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I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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10 Responses to Who Convinced Me To Sign Up For Twitter? @Kath_Manning That’s Who

  1. Weekend Cowgirl February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Enjoying your blog!

    • Janice February 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks girl! You rock!

  2. Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan) February 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I’m a little over 2 years on Twitter. It took @LindaSherman weeks/months to convince me to start, after I’d hired her to be my Social Media consultant! It also took her that long to convince me to check out #blogchat, which became a Sunday fixture (and still is) in my life and led to my own hosting/founding of #DadChat.

    Lesson? Listen to those that know this stuff!

    Aren’t our lives so much more enhanced by SoMe? I’d have NEVER met you, for instance, JP!

    • Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON February 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      Wow…. I’m guessing we signed on so close in time and may have found BlogChat around the same time… we’re sort of oldtimers there! LOL! I do love it. Life would be so incredibly different without the Twitter…. can’t imagine a twitter free world long-term but a few days break works. 🙂

  3. Aimee @ everydayepistle.com February 13, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    On and learning, one tweet at a time… Downloading tweetdeck right away. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. David Rahe March 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    I blogged in oblivion till I signed up for twitter. And I have learned so much from others on Twitter TOO.

    • Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON March 6, 2012 at 12:50 am #

      Its amazing what you can learn from the folks on Twitter! People are so generous with their knowledge! LOVE IT!


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