Five reasons why all finance pros should be using Twitter – Reason #3: Networking

My name is Sverre Rørvik Nilsen, but I'm probably better known by my Twitter handle @finansakrobat. I've been navigating the waters of Twitter since 2009 and I've learned a thing or two about how it works. These are some of the most important lessons in relation to finance: five reasons why all finance professionals should be using Twitter. This time out, we'll look at at Reason #3: Twitter is a great place for networking.

Reason #3: Twitter is a great place for networking

Most people are lurkers. They don't post. They don't tweet to people. They don't engage. They simply consume information other people put out. If you do this, you massively miss out on the most important part of this social network. The social part.

I've met hundreds of contacts through Twitter, and it has resulted in a lot of business.

I've negotiated several contracts over direct messages on Twitter (which is like short form email) and I've been able to have conversations with the richest, smartest and most unavailable investors in the world.

Tell me where else you can do that?

A few tips. “Talk” to people using the @-name. Retweet and favorite if you like what they have to say, and use the DM-function for anything private. It’s amazing how easily you can reach powerful people.

Here’s a few of the major guys you can reach:

@pmarca – Marc Andressen

@fredwilson – Fred Wilson

@Cimmerian999 – Cliff Asness

@JkcsKristoffer – Kristoffer Stensrud

And a bunch of others, some tweeting anonymously.

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