Twitter Blog Research – It Works!

To prep for my forthcoming Top 5 Worship Leaders blog post I did some research on twitter:

It worked because:

  • It was fast: The nature of twitter warrants people to send back a quick response rather than sitting on the question and mulling it over. I was looking for gut-level reaction information.
  • I could see who was on: By simply looking at who was currently active on twitter I had a list of people who were on their computers (or phones) at that very moment and would be most likely to reply.
  • It’s short: I didn’t need a dissertation. 140 characters ensured people simply replied with names or links.
  • It’s connected: A couple pals continued the conversation on to other topics. Not only did I get thoughts about my thing, but I got insight into their world as well.

I sent out twitter messages rather than regular tweets because I wanted this conversation behind-the-scenes. Some conversation works better publicly and some privately. One caveat – you can only message people who follow you. Ben was on twitter at the time, but I couldn’t send him a message. I’m still curious who his top picks are.

11 Responses to “Twitter Blog Research – It Works!”


  1. 1 russhutto July 31, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Very nice. Yet another reason why I AM a twitter-ite.

  2. 2 Ryan July 31, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I wondered if you were doing something like this – great way to do it and thanks for getting input. Fun stuff!

  3. 3 Ryan July 31, 2008 at 10:11 am

    One question, though – how did you find currently active users?

  4. 4 Billy Chia July 31, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Ryan,
    If someone sent out a tweet within the last few minutes then I knew there was a high probability they would respond.

  5. 5 Ryan July 31, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Ah – gotcha – makes sense.

  6. 6 klampert July 31, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    doh..how sad I didnt get polled

    i think ive got a top 5.

  7. 7 Billy Chia July 31, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Joel,
    I did put out an open tweet soliciting anyone’s opinion:

    Shoot me a message on twitter.

  8. 8 bobby July 31, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Bummer. I totally didn’t get back to you. What a flake I am! Sorry! 😉

  9. 9 Ben August 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Wow! I didn’t even realize I wasn’t following you on Twitter! Man I need to clean up my Twitter following list! Here are mine…even tho I’m days late:

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    Fred McKinnon
    Jeff Miller
    Bobby Marchessault
    Pace Hartfield

    Los didn’t make my 5 because simply because it goes without saying…he’s the “godfather” of worship blogs.

    These 5 are my regular stops for the past year. I’ve been adding like Joel Klampert, Brent (inWorship), Jay Sellers and you over the past 5-6 months.

  10. 10 Ben August 5, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Woops!!! I left off Pete! Pete Kim is a blogger I’ve read for two years. One of my regulars as well.

    Later!
    Ben

  11. 11 Chris Stout August 14, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Twitter is such a useful tool. We need to convert the whole world…as long as the Twitter servers can handle it.


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