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How do you Twitter: David Lanham?

This is the latest in a series of interviews with a variety of marketers, advertisers, bloggers, SEO consultants, businesses, artists and Internet gurus on the latest micro blogging sensation to hit the interwebs, Twitter.

To say I’m a fan of David Lanham’s work would be putting it lightly.  He’s a great inspiration to illustrators and toymakers everywhere with his unique style and is one of those artists whose work is instantly recognisable.  Before you read this post I would recommend checking out his extensive portfolio.  Oh and he’s also defined the word ‘drawing’ over at myself and Lee’s The Big Word Project. :)

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How important a tool do you think Twitter is for self promotion?

I can definitely notice a good bit of hits coming to my site whenever I tweet about a new drawing or post, so I think it can be very beneficial.  But you also have to balance promotional tweets with real tweets as well, otherwise you’ll probably end up losing a good bit of followers that see the promotional tweets as spam.

Do you find that the 140 character limit, inhibits your creativity or does it force you to be more creative in the space you have been given?

It’s definitely a bit of both, but overall it tends to be just enough space to get out what you are saying.  If what you are saying needs more space than that, then twitter probably isn’t the best place to make that particular point.

Will we still be tweeting in 5 years time?

I definitely think it’ll be around for at least that long, it’s filling a nice gap with information you wouldn’t normally get from people and I think it’d be quickly missed if it weren’t there now that we have it.

You seem to follow relatively few people in comparison to your large number of followers.  How do you choose who makes the cut?

I was getting a deluge of twitter follow notifications in email after a few months, so in the end I’ve just turned off the notifications and I now mainly add followers based on if I know the person or if they reply to one of my messages and I find their twitter stream interesting.

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

My first tweet was “Adding lots of friends”, so not too interesting in retrospect :P

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

I can definitely see that happening to an extent.  But one of the things I love about twitter is that it introduces all those (mostly) pointless bits of information back into the conversation. Ands it’s always the little strange things and quirks that make people interesting :)

Have social media tools greatly helped artists such as yourself to reach and connect with a broader audience?

I don’t know if it helps with the initial discovery of someone new, but if you know of a person and then follow them on twitter, then it’s a great tool to get to know them better as well as have an easy way to personally connect with them.

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

I don’t think Twitter would last too long if that were the case, but I’d probably have to go with a news network so i’d have an easy way to see what’s going on in the world without having to open a browser every 5 minutes :)


David, thanks so much for appearing on my blog.  I really enjoyed chatting with you.  You are right, Twitter has introduced the pointlessness of conversation back into our lives.  It’s hard to imagine how separated and silent we all were before it!  Thanks again.

Everyone should definitely have a look at David’s work, and follow him on Twitter to be notified of his latest creation.

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