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330: Twitter Tips for Designers

January 22, 2020

This week, we talk about how to be meaningfully involved with the design community on Twitter. We share tips for finding people to follow, what to tweet about, and we dig into the value of building online connections with other designers. As always, we share our cool things for the week, including some futuristic-yet-spooky technology emerging in China, and a top-notch film production company.

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  • We are getting close to 128 Patreon supporters, at which point we'll start getting back into the Design Details merch game!
  • Ladies That UX ATL gave us a shoutout as one of their favorite things from 2019 ❤️
  • Michael Woodruff gave us some feedback about chapter markers on the show, inspired by the great organization on the Layout podcast.
  • Manny has a pro-tip for staying on top of your goals: spend that $$$.
  • Adam Carroll is also a huge fan of Mr. Robot. This is the correct opinion.
  • Sam Mason is excited for Design Details crewnecks! So are we 🙃

Listener Questions:

Carly Batson asks:

Hi Marshall & Brian! I love the podcast and finally today after listening to one of the episodes I caved and set up a Twitter. Two questions I’d love for you to answer:

  1. How is the best way to get involved with the UX community on Twitter and
  2. I’m a remote designer and have a hard time leveraging connections because I don’t have any designers nearby. How can I use social media to connect with other designers?

Some of our notes:

  • Reply earnestly and engage in conversations consistently
  • Don't automate your tweets – stay authentic
  • Stay positive – the negative conversations and hot takes are so fun, but are ultimately counter-productive
  • Use a consistent and friendly profile photo
  • Learn in public, share openly, ask questions
  • Organize a community in your city

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