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How do you Twitter: NewspaperGrl?

Every day for the next week or so I will be interviewing a variety of marketers, advertisers, bloggers, SEO consultants, businesses, artists and Internet gurus on the latest micro blogging sensation to hit the interwebs, Twitter.

@NewspaperGrl, aka Janet MeinersThaeler, Internet marketing and online PR guru from, was kind enough to spare us a few moments from her busy schedule to chat about Twitter.  It was great to get the thoughts of someone who fully understands the benefits of social media in a professional sense.

Will we still be tweeting in 5 years time?

I’m sure we will. If we’re still talking we’ll be tweeting in some form. I think it’s interesting how people are building communities around Twitter now (i.e. Twitter Moms, Twitter SEO group). They are like niche social networks but they’re often a lot simpler to use and not as much of a commitment.

Do you feel you can trust a brand on Twitter?  You often don’t know who is tweeting, it could be anyone from the CEO to an intern.

If you care about a brand and you follow their tweets, it should become apparent. Obviously, Britney Spears tweets are written by her. Also, it depends on their style of tweeting. It’s fine for admins to tweet if all they’re doing is giving out deals or news headlines. If you have suspicions reach out to the person and ask. Hopefully they are up-front on who they are to begin with.

What does it say about a person when they protect their updates?

They really aren’t interested in connecting with anyone but who they choose to. They are using Twitter for another purpose. It’s like showing up to the party with your date and only talking to your date and a few people you both know. It feels like being snubbed in way when someone protects their updates but follows me. I’d do it if I set up a Twitter channel just for family. There needs to be a sort of and social network for Twitter…people get tired of having to write long letters and spend a lot of time. If it were fast and easy like Twitter families would use it to talk more than having newsletters or pages.

What was your first tweet? 10 extra points if it was ‘Checking out Twitter’ :)

March of 2007 my first tweet said: ‘going to lunch to talk online marketing & online PR’

How do you decide who to follow? Complicated algorithm?

I usually follow people from Utah so I keep up on what’s happening locally. Plus it’s good for managing my career to know what people are up to. We just bought a nice home and I’m not planning to move anytime soon. I’m really into local because I like meeting people in real life.  Of course I also follow the people I know, respect, and/or whose blogs I read. I also follow some newspapers like the NYTimes and LATimes. Really I just look at the # of followers, and what they write about (if the tweets are all @username I skip because how boring to just listen in on other’s conversations).

When people ask you ‘Where were you when Obama was elected?’ will your answer be ‘On Twitter’?

No – I’ll say at my house in front of the TV. I wish I were at the democratic national convention or even at the party locally. It was such a celebratory moment.

Are we losing our ‘real life’ social skills because of the increase in social media tools?

If it’s the majority of socializing you do – yes. I used to be much more social in real life. I’m actively looking for ways to improve, like joining Toastmasters, getting away from the computer more, etc. I just moved and lost the people I hung out with reguarly. I’m slowly making new friends most of who have no clue about anything I do (need to work on finding things in common).

If you could only follow one person’s updates, who would it be?

Oh, that’s tough. Maybe Google News?

Anything else to say about Twitter?

I love it! I wish I could turn up the volume. All these people talking through typing. It’s too quiet.


It was great to hear the thoughts of a real online PR expert.  I really appreciate it NewspaperGrl!  Definitely worth a follow if you are at all interested in online PR and social media.

Tomorrow’s interview will be with the CSS-Trickster Chris Coyier.

Comments (5)

  1. kasimo

    13 Mar

    Wonderful ! very good info. keep it up.


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