The Giving Tree Band uses social networking to connect with their fans and share their message of environmental sustainability. The band knows their audience and how to connect with them. They made a green statement when they recorded their “Great Possessions” album in 2009. While recording, the group stayed near the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center where they recorded the material to reduce their carbon emissions. Even the instruments used were made of recycled materials. After the recording, the band raffled off this guitar, signed by the band, through the Chicago Blues & Blue Grass Festival. Kyle also a song writer and guitarist, won this Taliesin model guitar which Jason Harshbarger of Highland Strings created from reclaimed materials.
Twitter lists are a way for Twitter users to group other Twitter accounts together. How might you use this feature? A shopping center could create a list to promote each other. A Chamber of Commerce might use a list to follow and cross promote other local businesses.
I created a Twitter list of McHenry county, Illinois businesses to follow and promote what is happening in our area. Since this list began, I learned about many new companies and services I was not aware of.
Another benefit of Twitter lists is you can view the recent tweets of the account holders without actually following each of these accounts.
Here is a recent blog posting about the McHenry County Business Twitter list.
You can see all recent tweets from these McHenry County businesses on a single page.
How are you using the Twitter list feature?
Here is a short video on how to follow a Twitter list.
I am going to let you in on the best kept secret in McHenry County: the Shah Center. If you are part of a for profit business in McHenry County, I encourage you to find out more about the center and how your business can benefit from their services.
The Shah Center offers workshops, seminars, assessment and on-site, customized workforce training to help your business stay ahead of the competition.
As an adjunct teacher for the site, I have the pleasure of teaching social networking classes (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and blogs) in their new technology class rooms. Each student has their own work station for hands on learning. In these sessions, local businesses learn how to use social networking sites to build relationships, identify partners and connect with loyal customers.
The Shah Center is located at 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry, Illinois 60050.
You can find out more information at
Phone: (815) 455–8593
See our events page for a full calendar of our upcoming classes.