“When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.” Creighton Adams
This post is part of the Today’s To-Do series. Each post I’ll lay out one task that will get you closer to traveling more for less.
I was amazed to learn recently that only 23 percent of online users are on Twitter. As someone who practically lives there, I forget that 77 percent of you are losing out on the single best source of travel deal information. Today I hope to change that.
Twitter, simply put, is a micro-blogging site where individual posts (“Tweets”) are limited to 140 characters. Twitter, of all social media, is the one most in real time. Tweets spread like wildfire as responding or re-tweeting is so easy.
If a hot travel deal is found, it tends to be shared on Twitter first. Bloggers use Twitter to put out information that is too time sensitive or just not right for a full post. Companies (at least those who do it right) use Twitter to engage with customers on a personal level. The best at social media use Twitter to build brand loyalty by offering contests or other perks to followers.
When you join Twitter, you “follow” the accounts whose information you want to see. You do NOT have to post or have anyone follow you. Many people use twitter not as a communication tool but more like a news bulletin.
Who to Follow
This list is for folks just starting out who don’t want to sift through a ton of posts. I follow MANY more than I’m listing here, but then again I live on Twitter.
Of course, start with @thedealmommy!
Travel and Miles/Points Blog Aggregators: These are sites that link to all posts in their network. By following an aggregator, you don’t have to follow each blog. I follow a bunch of individual blogs as well, but am keeping this list simple.
Folks In the Know
@Flyertalkerina2 (Travel Blogger Buzz, Miles/Points review and recap blog)
@TheMrPickles (a legend in the miles/points world)
@WandrMe and @garyleff (2 Tier 1 Boarding Area Bloggers who also post and re-tweet time sensitive information that doesn’t make a post)
Travel Companies: I’m listing only 2 hotel chains to start. Both are especially responsive and have a habit of giving out prizes and perks on Twitter. If you’re having a problem with an individual company, follow that Twitter feed and Tweet your issue. The social media teams can be your best friend in a jam, especially with airlines. Hyatt even rebooked me a room over Twitter.
American Express: @AmexOffers deserves its own line because of the frequent promotions you can attach to your card via Twitter.
Travel Deal Sites
Feel free to post any other must-follow for Beginners suggestions below.
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