TWEET!

     

    By: Tom Goebel, PMI Houston Director of Communications

     

    PMI Houston is expanding its efforts to connect with its membership. Over the next few months, our members will see an increased social media presence, easier newsletter access, and more integration between all of our platforms.

    One of our main efforts will be devoted to driving Twitter participation. As a platform, Twitter offers many advantages. The biggest, probably, is that it’s a way to “push” the chapter’s information out to 4400+ members rather than forcing them to search for it. And with Twitter, the reader receives easily manageable packets (“Tweets”) which are ideal for digesting information during busy days.

    With all of these benefits in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to help you get started with a step-by-step tutorial that runs through setting up your account and explains some of the “ins and outs” of navigating the Twitterverse.

    Signing up is easy. When you type in the Twitter URL (http://www.twitter.com) in your browser, the first screen you will see is this:

      

    Create your login credentials (sign-up is free) and you are ready to go!

    Once you’re in and your profile is completed, you can get down to the business of tweeting. You can look for any existing account in the “Search” field – friends, colleagues, well-known celebrities and news organizations. A good place to start is our very own organization. Type “PMI Houston” in the search box. You should end up with something that looks like this:

     
      

    Clicking on the “Following” link will ensure that our chapter news, events, and notifications will appear in your Twitter “feed” automatically. If you’ve selected the “always stay logged in” option, merely going to Twitter on your desktop browser or clicking on the Twitter icon on your mobile device will immediately bring the feed to your screen.

    Your comfort with the application will increase with use, and as you experiment with the features. Of course, you will probably want to follow other people and organizations in addition to the PMI Houston chapter. In addition to following the accounts of friends and news organizations, I also follow the PMI global organization and several other chapters, as well as some chapter members.

    I hope you will give this a try. The information we can deliver to you about your organization is too useful and important to pass up. We would love to hear about your experiences with Twitter and our outreach to you in general. Drop us a line. We’re here to help you!

    Thomas Goebel

    director.comm@pmihouston.org