In today’s #ynpchat on networking I really enjoyed hearing the various ways people grew their networks.  Social media was brought up and I personally have found twitter to be wonderful in connecting with great people and exposing me to new opportunities.  Here are a few ways young nonprofit professionals can take advantage of twitter:

1.  Participate in a twitter chat: Twitter chats allow a free exchange of ideas, resources, and support while offering the opportunity to connect with other people who share your interest. Two of my favorite twitter chats are #ynpchat (for young nonprofit professionals) and #nptalk (for nonprofits). You can discover more twitter chats by checking out this list.

2.  Be a network weaver: According to June Holley of Network Weaving,

A Network Weaver is someone who is aware of the networks around them and explicitly works to make them healthier (more inclusive, bridging divides). Network Weavers do this by connecting people strategically where there’s potential for mutual benefit, helping people identify their passions, and serving as a catalyst for self-organizing groups.

By connecting people to each other and to resources that will help them grow their networks, you can position yourself as a valuable resource and someone others want to know.  It also allows you to tap into different networks, exposing yourself to more people and more opportunities.  So make introductions and answer questions when you can.  Learn more about being a network weaver.

3.  Ask questions: Invite people to help you and make friends along the way.  Ask questions that are relevant to your field to potentially spark an ongoing conversation.  Be sure to acknowledge answers by either thanking or retweeting.  If you would like the feedback of certain folks on twitter, @reply them in your question to get their attention.

4.  Connect offline: Whether it is a tweetup or simply asking someone to meet up for coffee, connecting with folks offline makes the conversations online more interesting and rewarding.  Youre more likely to pay attention to each other twitter now that you’ve made face-to-face contact and when you meet offline learn more about each other and opportunities not easily presented on twitter.

How else can you use twitter to develop your network?

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