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How to find and follow SAP Content on Twitter

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read other user messages called tweets. These tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters that are displayed on the author’s profile page. Over the past year the amount of SAP content being shared on Twitter has grown by leaps and bounds.

I realized early on in my career that there was a lot of SAP information available in the marketplace and the primary challenge was being able to find it and stay on top of it. While I use Google Reader as my main tool to stay current on SAP information over the past year I have started to use Twitter not only as a social networking tool but to occasionally find new content or even better, new sources of information I can start following.

I often get asked from SAP professionals how they can utilize Twitter to find and follow SAP content and enclosed is a five step process that I think you will find effective.

1. Find Friends – Twitter offers the capability of finding people from your contacts on Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and Linkedin. This is a good first step and you should scan through the list to see if any of your SAP contacts are using twitter and review their “tweets” to see if you would like to follow them.

Find Friends

2. Search – Now that you have your “friends” identified you can use Twitter’s search functionality to find SAP topics that are of interest to you. I would recommend starting by typing in SAP for example and you will get many great suggestions.

Search

3. Following – Now you should review individuals that you are following and see who they are following to get an idea on people you may have missed. I would recommend reviewing who @jonerp, @pixelbase, @sapmentors and of course @sap_jarret follows as I have found each to be very selective in their following as it relates to SAP. It is also good to do the same with people that are in your niche area which for SAP HCM I would recommend @stevebogner and @mgillet.

Following

4. Lists – Now that you have a solid list of individuals that you are following you can put them in a list so that it will be easy to review their tweets.  In my case I created a list called SAP (http://twitter.com/home#/list/SAP_Jarret/sap) and was very selective with who goes in there as I want to make the most effective use of my time. If you follow a list called SAP Mentors http://twitter.com/SAPMentors/sapmentors# for example it is the equivalent of following the 80 SAP mentors on the list. It is important to note that you can follow other individual’s lists and this is a good way of not having to recreate the wheel if you have limited time.

Lists

5. Review Following– On a regular basis you should review the individuals you are following to see if they are adding value to what you want to get out of Twitter as if you follow to many people it can become overwhelming. I have found personally that  following 225 people is about the maximum I can handle and I am pretty selective in choosing who to follow. That said, if you provide valuable information that I find interesting make no mistake I will eventually be following you.  

I spend about 15-20 minutes a day on twitter to contribute information and have found that because I spent the time upfront I am able to quickly review all the “tweets” from industry experts and almost everyday find some useful pieces of information. I am a big believer that information is one of the most important aspects to a successful SAP career and effectively using Twitter can help you in finding new and useful information. If you enjoyed this article and want to give twitter a try please feel free to follow me on Twitter at @SAP_Jarret

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  • I follow @gpmyers, @timoelliott, @dallasmarks for useful BusinessObjects tips

    I also periodically go to search.twitter.com and put in some generic SAP searches to see who/what I should be following.

    However, I confess there are days I don’t do this at all. 

    • Thanks for the comment as well as your suggestion on individuals to follow.

      I have found that you have to build up slowly as when I first started I only followed 20 people and things seem to move to fast for me. In addition, it really depends on how often the people you are following “tweet” and at times when a few people you are following decide to have a conversation on twitter with other it gets interesting to say the least.

  • Hi there,

    As you know I do follow you.

    I would like to point out the real value I get from SAP is the non SAP specific blogsites.

    Stuff like ERP tips has some great content.

    Following SAP guys is OK, but you tend to get the same articles passed around. The value add are the nice niche articles.

    Plus you can get a tweet from SCNblogs everytime there is a new SCN blog published. !!!

    • Hi Mark

      I enjoy following you on twitter as well as your SDN blogs.

      I couldnt agree more as where I have really found interesting information is more on the overall ERP industry (ERP Tips, Panorama, Industry Analysts etc)

      Thanks for the comment.

      Jarret

  • I too find Twitter great for learning and keeping up to date with new developments. Recommend following @sprabu (the HCM product manager) who makes informative/inspiring tweets
  • Good blog on twitter tips.

    If you are keen on analytics, epm, grc (whole business objects portfolio) – here are few who you should follow:

    @spoonen , @jbecher, @sapepm , @sapgrc , @businessobjects , @normanmarks , @timoelliot , and few others i( @muthurangnathan ) follow

    regards
    Muthu

  • As usual, this blog by you is immensely useful, even for people who have been on the twitter for a while now. I actually went back to my account to include some of these valuable add-ons. Thank you!!

    Papri

  • I admit I’ve never been a fan of twitter at least before read some articules from you. It’s not only a twitter tips but a real SAP application in a great web tool.
    • Thanks for the kind words Marssel as you made my day. Social media has really helped my career (mostly around networking) and I think that more people overtime will start to see the value it can add.