Twitter: waste of time, or valuable tool?

Do you get jobs from Twitter, or do you find it to be a waste of time?

On Freelance Folder, Laura Spencer’s article, How to Really Use Twitter to Find More Freelance Work, gives some handy tips to make and nurture connections, and ultimately get work, using Twitter.

Here is an excerpt:

“Twitter is vital to finding freelancing work.”

“Twitter a waste of time.”

If you’ve been around the freelancing community very long, you’ve probably heard both comments. But, which is it? Is Twitter an important way to find way for freelancers to find work, or is it a waste of a freelancer’s time?

The answer is…it depends.

It’s certainly possible to waste time on Twitter if you use it carelessly. It’s also possible to find work through Twitter. In this post we’ll discuss the how to make the most of Twitter as a job hunting and networking tool. If you’re interested in wasting time, I think you can figure that one out on your own…

Start with your profile

One of the biggest mistakes that I see freelancers making on Twitter is having a vague or incomplete Bio. If someone unfamiliar contacts me through Twitter, the first thing that I do is to click on their user name and view their Bio to learn more about the user.

More and more often, I’m finding that the Bio information is blank or meaningless. A blank Bio tells me nothing about the Twitter user. If your Twitter Bio is blank it means that prospective clients can’t find anything out about you either. This also means that they are much less likely to contact you about work.

As a minimum, a freelancer’s profile should contain a brief description of what they do (in the Bio) and a link back to their professional website (a portfolio or blog).

Read the rest of Laura’s tips for Twitter here. (It also includes links to other useful Twitter for beginners articles.)

How do you make Twitter work for you?