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.
Have you ever wanted to contact someone but could not find an email address? Below are some tips from Rich Sauser, our guest blogger today.
Rich is a networking expert and is often quoted in the media. He is sought after as a presenter and I was glad to have Rich working with me when I started my company. Currently residing in Charlotte, you can contact Rich through many social networking sites. Thanks to Rich for sharing these tips with our readers.
Have you ever wanted to connect with someone on LinkedIn, but they were out of your network and there was no easy way to connect? You can still try to get an introduction but it may take a bit creative of work outside of LinkedIn. Recently, someone asked me how to connect with someone in the County of McHenry Department of Health in Illinois. Although I have over 1,200 first degree contacts in LinkedIn, there are not a lot of people on LinkedIn from the McHenry County Health Department.
Listed below is the approach I used to find someone who could potentially introduce me to the person I wanted to contact.
Look up the company the person works at on LinkedIn and see if there is anyone else you can connect with or contact. In this case there were a few but not too many:
In this case there was nothing really there, but I was able to get the website of the company:
What you are now looking for is the format of the email address of people who work there (e.g. FirstName.LastName@CompanyName.com)
First thing I do is go to the “Contact Us” page – sometimes when you attempt to contact them it will pull up in your email and you will get the format.
By going to Public Health and clicking the “contact us” I get the following address: Health@co.mchenry.il.us – while better than nothing it is still a generic email account.
So now having nothing else to go on, you need to do a Google Search to get the name format. In this case I did a search on “@co.mchenry.il.us”. A few hits down, you will see your first listing of a name followed by the “@co.mchenry.il.us“
Based on the email addresses shown, I have a couple of options for the email format: first letter of first name and then last name or first letter first name, first letter of middle initial and then last name.
So now I can either do a search on Google for the person I am trying to contact with both versions of their email address or I can send an email to both versions and see which one works.
Do you have a business in one of these McHenry County cities or villages?
Fox River Grove
Lake in the Hills
Unincorporated McHenry county
Enter a comment below with your business name and Twitter handle so I can add your business to our list of McHenry County businesses. Let us know what products or services your business provides.
The McHenry County Business Twitter list takes you to the latest updates from McHenry’s finest companies. For easy access, click “follow” to get to the list from your Twitter page.
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.