Twitter Aftershocks: What To Do With The Conversation Now

by Jason Falls |

Todd Earwood and I were discussing the impressive influx of new followers we both received yesterday in the aftershock of Jeremiah Owyang’s Twitter Conversations explosion yesterday. Jeremiah asked folks interested in more connection and conversation to leave their Twitter ID and topics they were interested on his post. As of 1:20 a.m. this morning, there were 323 comments. Hence, Twitter Tuesday.

Several folks are blogging about it today or did last night, including a long time Twitter friend Doug Haslem, and folks I’ve not yet met but want to like David Armano, Nick O’Neill and Gavin Heaton.

He added some additional info as both his blog and Twitter were slammed with traffic, finally concluding:

“My assumptions were right, there really is something happening in twitter, it’s clear it’s the desire to connect and communicate.”

Twitter TuesdayTodd received a bunch more followers than did I since he got in on the activity early on. (Sorry, I was in meetings all day because I have a real job. Heh.)

But we both agreed that we need to do something other than just follow these folks who reached out. So here is my list … as complete as I could gather late last night and in alphabetical order, I think … along with some information or Falls-esque commentary on what I’ve learned about them so far.

My hope is that this will encourage you to discover them as well, expanding our conversation beyond Twitter to each other’s places online and to reach out to them to perhaps engage their interest in my blog and mine in theirs. I don’t want Jeremiah’s effort to have a long tail. I want the tail to have multiple peaks and infuse conversation both now and later.

  • Shashi Bellamkonda, an Internet junkie and thinker from D.C.
  • Trula Breckenridge, apparently the world’s No. 1 positivity enthusiast. Her blog makes you want to jog in place … even me.
  • Thu-An Bui who is really smart. She went to Swarthmore and law school at Tulane and Penn. Impressive.
  • Carlos, a video blogger (via YouTube) who goes by “hockeynuts” on Twitter.
  • Marshall Clark, a DIY-freak who takes an interesting picture … punk hair on Twitter. Constipation on his blog.
  • Adam Cohen from Boston, who is just someone else I can Twitter “Sawxx” too and not confuse.
  • Eric Friedman, a search engine marketer from New York who blogged an interesting thing about Twitter here.
  • David Gillespie from Melbourne, Australia. My only question is which footy club does he support. I’ve been to a Western vs. Melbourne match at the Cricket Grounds, David. Have you?
  • Self-described IT consulting geek, mother of one and hockey goddess Goaliegirl from I dig hockey. I dig women that dig hockey.
  • Sam Harrelson, the vice president of business development for OnCard Marketing, who I’ve seen around the web a few times (recognize the picture) but haven’t yet connected with.
  • Andrew Helms, who is wearing a University of Kentucky shirt in his Twitter avatar. Interesting. I’ll forgive him.
  • Rupert Howe, who does vlog Twitters from England … and shaves on camera.
  • Daniel Johnson Jr., who I suspect I met not through Jeremiah’s deal but because I randomly heard one of his Utterz driving into work the other day and we were both ranting about the same thing.
  • Alisa Leonard, who is a social media strategist for
  • The Kathika Travel Blog, which is mysteriously non-human, though I suspect is probably Kathryn Vercillo.
  • Rick Mahn, a Minneapolitan who is the first person I’ve encountered to use the term “social media explorer” to describe themselves (his Twitter description) besides me.
  • Mike McAllen of GrassShackRoad in the Bay Area, who has a cool blog and whose company has a cool website.
  • Darin McClure, who describes himself as a “futurist” who loves shiny new toys. (Me too.)
  • Community evangelist Will Pate. Cool title.
  • Another non-human follower, RedCarpetVictim, who bills him/herself as a snarky blogging fashionista.
  • Raleigh-Durham area web strategist Gene Smith, who needs to blog more now that his son is six months old and that’s not an excuse. He writes about Web 2.0 and its impact on Africa … very interesting stuff.
  • Teeg, a self-reported former top Stumbler at StumbleUpon who blogs tricks and tips for that particular site.
  • Jason Wehmhoener, who says he’s into “Browser Voodoo.” Cool.
  • I even found my first Romanian audience member (to my knowledge) in cristianca.
  • Oh, and I added Darren Rowse from yesterday, too. It didn’t have anything to do with Jeremiah’s thing. I just realized I wasn’t following him and that was a huge oversight on my part.

Welcome to you all. I look forward to sharing with and learning from you!

And thanks to Jeremiah for the ‘splosion.

IMAGE: Rad Jose on Flickr.

[tags]Jeremiah Owyang, Twitter Tuesday, Twitter, conversation, networking[/tags]

About the Author

Jason Falls

Jason Falls is a leading thinker, speaker and strategist in the world of digital marketing and is co-author of two books, No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing and The Rebel's Guide To Email Marketing. By day, he leads digital strategy for Elasticity, one of the world's most innovative digital marketing and public relations firms. Follow him on Twitter (@JasonFalls).