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What Do You Want To Know About The People Who Follow You On Twitter?

Now that the cat is out of the bag about my next steps, I have a question that I want to bring up on my blog.

But first a few thoughts. I think Twitter is the most interesting consumer company of our time. I have met some great people, contacts, and eventual friends on Twitter (it’s also a dark-horse professional network). I think Twitter does a poor job of telling me more about the people who follow me. I know very little. I think it would be very interesting to find out more information about my followers. I personally have a long list of things that interest me in finding out (it was one of the reasons Michael and I built MVF way back when). But I’d like to hear from all of you.

What do you want to know about the people who follow you on Twitter? It could be anything from what country they are from to what industry they are in (some of this is covered in twitter ads analytics but not everyone has access to this). It could be to find out who RT’s you the most and who is your most engaged follower. Whatever interests you.

I can’t guarantee that the thing you want to know will be in the final product. We’ll definitely have people’s MVF’s plus a few tangential data points. But if it is something cool we might just knock it out and share it with you.

Hit me up in the comments section or email me at Ataub24@gmail.com.

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Two Basic Skills You Can Learn In College That You Need To Succeed

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Two skills learned in college can be honed for the startup workplace. They are, in no order of importance: how to ask good questions and how to effectively communicate.

Asking Good Questions
I am constantly impressed with individuals who ask the right questions. With every field there are thought-provoking questions that the other side can ask showing that they “get” it. In college, ask many questions of your teachers, peers, etc. It’s awesome because you can ask a lot of stupid and wrong questions and it won’t affect anything material. When talking to people I haven’t met before, there can be a question or two asked that helps me see that I’m going to like this person. I’ve written before about the best interview questions a candidate can ask. I truly believe good questions are what sets candidates apart at later stages of the interview process, because at that point everyone is qualified for the role. That it is time to weed out the people who think/question better. Use college as an opportunity to get better at asking questions.

Effective Communication
When I think of effective communication, I think of writing and in-person speaking. If you learn how to properly express yourself and your thoughts, there is no more powerful tool. In the startup world, effective communication is key to a successful founder/team member. If you can’t get your ideas on paper or understood by others, it doesn’t matter how cool/smart/innovative your ideas are; they won’t go anywhere. In college, start writing and take some speech classes. Speak publicly as often as you can. The only way to get better at talking in public is by talking in public often. College is a great time to master the art of communication.

While these are two skills you can learn in college, if you haven’t mastered them by now, go for it. Start writing, speaking publicly, and asking everyone around you questions. It is never too late to improve these necessary skills. And once you are good, they will surely come in handy.

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