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3 Community Building Tips for Twitter :: Crystal Stine {Ep 16}

Do you feel like a twit when it comes to Twitter?

I remember first getting on Twitter, struggling to connect with other people. It seemed a tweet was synonymous with yelling 140 characters into a crowded room and getting no response.

Then I had an online friend walk me through a couple steps/tips to help me get connected. It’s amazing how many friendships started on Twitter (what an odd concept I know). 

Today’s podcast guest, Crystal Stine, is a Twitter community guru. She is sweet enough to help walk us through some tips on how to develop authentic community in our online spaces. (FYI. . .she is also teaching lab on graphics. Informing attendees on where to find images, what online tools to use to edit those images, etc.)

With Crystal’s full time job at (in)courage as their Editorial and Marketing Manager, this gal has lots of great experience to share with us on how to best present our information.


What we chat about:

  • The cuteness of Crystal’s toddler, how I might steal her and how traveling doesn’t bring out her best side.
  • Crystal’s search for the perfect Cowboy boots (and possibly a hat).
  • How having a self-named blog has allowed her freedom to write on a variety of topics & grow with her.
  • What she is planning to share with those who sign up for the graphics lab (on the Thurs afternoon before conference officially begins).
  • The need to share things that are true AND pretty.
  • How to build authentic community online.
  • Crystal shares her 3 tips for creating community on Twitter
  • How to appropriately respond to other’s tweets which include your handle.
  • Great apps/sites for joining Twitter parties–slowing down the speed, etc.
  • Crystal offers to answer questions on Twitter, just ask her @CrystalStine 😉 and use the #DeclareConf, too!

Connect with Crystal:

Blog :: Twitter :: Instagram

Show Notes:

Let’s start to build community on Twitter. Share your handle (@) in the comments. And use #DeclareConf to start the conversation. Your first tweet could be, “Just listened to @CrystalStine chat about community on #DeclareConf podcast. Will I meet u at Declare?”.

How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast:

1. Listen on the blog. Go to and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones).

2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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