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So I let the week and day today get away from me, and spent several hours yesterday and last night probably like many – running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to completely finish up Christmas shopping – and now here it is, Christmas Eve with only a few hours left to go before Christmas Day is upon us all. But I didn’t want to let the early part of the week get away from me totally without a Christmas post!

As you probably have heard, TimTech is running a “be CEO of TimTech for a few days” contest, through the end of the year. The winner will get to step in Justin’s shoes for a few days as CEO, get a lot of exposure through things like hanging out with Jon on TE Live, AND the pretty nice, I expect, prize of basically winning Justin’s salary for those three days.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a video talking about why you want to be TimTech CEO, then post the link to the video on Twitter with the hashtag #TimTechCEO – that’s it!

A lot of folks have already submitted videos and they’ve all been fantastic. I have especially enjoyed the back-and-forth banter and repeated rebuttal videos between Tom Wacker (who doesn’t just want to be CEO, he wants to be Emperor) and Russell Stockley (he who has the secret Drop Bear weapons) throughout this craziness – you can find them all (and more) if you click my Favorites link on my Twitter profile. (Nick Grimshawe got in a few good jabs as well early on, but seems to have been happy to let Tom and Russell continue to fight that particular battle out amongst themselves.)

However, one of my most recent favorites (and tres apropros to send you off with Merry Christmas wishes) just came in last night from Kris Rogers, and this one is awesome because not only does she sing in it but she wrote an entire Christmas lyric about the whole TimTech CEO shebang, and it’s great and hilarious (especially the annotations)! And Kris hasn’t done a lot of on-cam stuff, so it was super terrific to see her stepping out of her comfort zone and giving her all for this silly contest.

So as I am getting ready to do some Christmasing with my own family tonight and tomorrow, let me just say how very much I adore my TE Live family and all my TE Land friends and acquaintances, including those of you I haven’t even met yet. If you’re out there in TE Land and the related beyond, then you rock!

I will leave you all here for now with wishes for a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season, and this fabulous Christmas-y video from Kris Rogers, candidate for TimTech CEO. Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

Yesterday during TE Live, Jon and Patrick talked at length about a topic that’s been on my mind to post about here for the last couple of weeks – how best to use Twitter, and more importantly, what NOT to do with Twitter. They covered the issues beautifully and you should check it out in the latter half of the Spreecast here.

I was an extremely early adopter of Twitter, back when it was still basically in its infancy, and there weren’t really that many people using it at the time. I was part of a group of statewide and regional bloggers, news media, and other media folks who had a then-active online community, and all of us starting using it early on, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This was back when Facebook wasn’t popular worldwide and was still primarily only used by college students, and older folks like myself and my colleagues were all on Twitter instead. It was not huge like today, but it was fantastic.

Back then, Twitter was nearly 100% all conversation, with some news and maybe a few big brand companies sprinkled in. A lot of the media had adopted it early too, especially TV stations and newspapers (including many of my friends’ employers), so there was news around, but mostly it was just people talking with each other.

People communicating directly with each other. Or with a group of each others. Imagine that!

My friends and acquaintances and I loved Twitter then. We’d have these ongoing conversations, trade jokes and anecdotes, and share news with each other, or with big or small groups of each others. A lot of news that happened in my state and around the region, I often first found out about via Twitter.

But most of the time I was just reading stuff from friends and acquaintances not unlike most of what I read from them in Facebook statuses nowadays. It was conversation, discussion, commentary.

And it was personal. I don’t use that old Twitter account much anymore since most of those friends use Facebook more now, but I built a lot of personal relationships with those folks via Twitter, often wound up attending various functions in several cities in the South with many of them thanks to having gotten to know them all better via Twitter, and many of those I built personal relationships with via Twitter are still among those I count as good friends.

Anyway, that was how it was for a while, Twitter. Those were the Utopia days, Twitter-wise.

And then the hardcore Internet marketers discovered Twitter, and it’s never been quite the same. Twitter started filling up with rivers of the usual online marketing stuff, and then other and smaller affiliate marketers started following suit, and before you knew it, there were folks who had Twitter profiles full of nothing but their referral links to this and this and that and that.

There are several reasons why no one in TE Land and related areas should be doing this (especially those into personal branding), but one of the biggest reasons not to fill up your Twitter with nothing but referral links and program-based Tweets is this…

As an affiliate or a program owner, you want to be on people’s radar. The quickest way to get yourself dropped off people’s radar is to fill up your Twitter with nothing but your referral links.

People might not stop following you if that’s all you ever have to offer on Twitter, but some will. And others will just create a separate list of Tweets they want to be sure and see… and they probably won’t add you to that list if all you’re posting is your referral links and similar Tweets. Both happen and often – trust me on this.

You want followers who pay attention to what you have to say and share, not former followers who unfollow you or followers who ignore you. Sure, it’s okay to post a referral link here and there. But not every single time you post on Twitter, not constantly. People get turned off fast, and they’re liable to turn you off their radar as a result.

Use your Twitter wisely to build and maintain personal relationships, alongside promoting yourself. Sure, you should promote yourself and your stuff some of the time. But Twitter is also a wonderful, valuable tool for building and maintaining personal relationships with others too – and for anyone that’s into personal branding, that’s really a must.

Jon said himself during the Spreecast that he probably uses Twitter to converse with folks in this community more than any other similar medium. Same here, same with a lot of folks. A lot of us with blogs Tweet our new blog posts (which any blogger should) and reTweet others’ posts, but that’s still connecting with others in the community and building/maintaining relationships with others.

Peruse my Twitter profile, if you will. Sure, I promote a referral link now and again, and certainly I Tweet my new blog posts and others’ posts as well, occasional Spreecast alerts and videos. But interspersed with all of that is a whole lotta conversation with various and sundry folks in and around the community. There’s some folks I talk directly with via Twitter more than I do anywhere else or any other way.

I have frequent Twitter convos with people like Tom Wacker, Scott “The Sports Nerd” Wright, Stephen Whittle, Ellyn Weber-Bynum, Jon, bunches of others. Sure, I talk to many of them elsewhere too, but the great thing about Twitter is that you can have a conversation with one person, or with several, and anyone can jump in at any time – take a look at some of our Twitter profiles during football season and you’ll see that all of us are in the same convo (and usually smack talking and having good fun).

Twitter is great for promoting yourself and your stuff, but it’s also a really, really good way to connect with other people – and that, again, is how Twitter began, filled with conversations and discussions rather than being what some seem to think is now just another advertising platform.

Sometimes the convo may be insignificant, like when Jon complains about it being freezing cold up in the Great White North and I reply with something like “@theTEguy So move out of Canada, duh!”… but it’s still connecting with another person within the community.

Sometimes it may be something more important, and sometimes it may just be a thing where you find you have something in common with someone else. I don’t know Tim Rash all that well, but it turns out we now share a similar history with broken refrigerators and having to use the outdoor winter weather as a backup fridge, thanks to Twitter.

Scott Wright’s a really good friend nowadays, and we initially got to know each other pretty much solely via Twitter. And since misery always loves company, Tom Wacker and I shared our collective woe over being sick at the same time a while back via Twitter (look way far down for the “SARS” posts, lol).

If the whole community of TE Land made an effort to be more conversational rather than promotional on Twitter, than the entire community would be full of people connecting with each other, building relationships, and getting to know each other better – and that’s a good thing.

And hey – be yourself, and be real. The other day I was so taken aback by a gorgeous sunset that I posted about it on Twitter. If it were you, you might have posted something like that on Facebook, so why not Twitter? Exactly.

(And by the way, there are apps you can use to post on both at the same time, if you want.)

To bring this to a close, let me say that I didn’t write this with intentions of hurting anyone’s feelings over it all. I want to help, not hurt, and I’m hoping maybe with this post and with Jon and Patrick’s discussion about it at TE Live, maybe we’ll see less and less of this kinda thing, at least a little. Doing nothing but promoting referral links or one’s program over and over again, and nothing else, on Twitter is liable to only hurt those who do it far, far more than it ever helps.

I’d rather see everyone in this community succeed. By using Twitter as a communication resource first, and as a promotional tool as an afterthought… chances are much, much higher that you’ll succeed than the other way around.

Don’t do yourself the disservice of digging yourself a basic hole on Twitter where few will see or hear you. Twitter is an awesome, awesome place to connect with others, but if all you use it for is to promote referral link after referral link, you won’t likely be connecting with much of anyone.

And the unicorns will cry. Don’t make the unicorns cry! :-)

I would love nothing more than to be able to give you a link here to an e-book that Stephen Whittle, the community Twitter Master Extraordinaire, has written about Twitter, or a program he’s created about it. But he hasn’t done either of those things yet, so I can’t. (*ahem*)

However, if you’re confused about ClickTrackProfit (everybody is at first), then you should take a gander at Learn With Nick, ‘cos Nick Grimshawe knows EVERYTHING about how best to use CTP. Go and be unconfused!

Ai yi yi… I had a real blonde moment yesterday when I posted about TimTech’s upcoming 12 Days of Christmas. Nobody called me on it, so I reckon I’m not the only person who barely knew what day it was yesterday!

TimTech’s 12 Days of Christmas starts TONIGHT (Thursday night/Friday morning) at midnight EST. Not last night, like I posted yesterday and have now corrected.

(In my defense, the 12 Days page countdown clock perpetuated my confusion Wednesday afternoon, but eh, no big deal. General work-at-home/online business brain mostly had to do with it, since if it weren’t for various scheduled Spreecasts I might not know what day of the week it is most of the time, and most of the time I don’t really need to know what date on the calendar it is anyway.)

In any case, it all begins on Friday the 13th (oooo!) and that indeed is upon us tonight.

ClickTrackProfit members can’t miss the banner inside the site, and that’s where you can sign up for e-mail notifications of what each 12 Days daily deal is. (If you’re not a member of ClickTrackProfit yet, you can join CTP here.)

And like yesterday, here’s hoping whatever’s been on your TimTech wish list comes up for you (mine too). Let the fun begin!

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