I once suggested that Chris Brogan should be Mayor of Twitterville because he is among the community’s most generous participants, which makes him among the most influential. Brogan is among a small handful of Twitterville thinkers who have made themselves available and useful to both community newcomers and long-term residents. Like most mayors, the guy seems to be everywhere.
Chris wrote a guest Twitterville chapter, called the Twitterville Toolbox. Twitter, is a platform and cannot be taken full advantage of, without using at least a few of the more-than-100 tools designed to work with Twitter. He knows the tools far better than I do and has done a great job for me in describing why and how to use some of the best of them.
Like everyone else, Chris' route into Twitterville seems unlikely. A few years back he was a Telecomm guy, starting with Verizon when it was still New England Telephone and NYNEX and that got him into the guts of wireless technology and business strategy.
"I have no professional background in business communications, except that my entire career was founded on it," he told me.
"Social media was a way to express my thoughts, to share in two-way streams what mattered to me, and to find people with like minds to share a voice. The more I become immersed in this technology and with people who embrace it, the more I'm finding value," he said.
Like so many of us, Chris sees a direct linkage between his blog and Twitter. Since starting on the micro-blog, where he is among the most followed people, he has seen his blog traffic double twice."
If he's just giving away what he knows, then how does he make a living?
"Between all my various social media outlets, I now have 100% of my salary derived from inbound opportunities that have come from Twitter and my blog," he told me. It's probably not a coincidence, that in my interview with @Pistachio , she told me me almost exactly the same thing. She also said that Chris was her primary mentor.
Thanks Chris for giving me a great chapter. Thanks for adding the credibility of your name to the Twitterville chapter and thanks most for the contributions you keep making to the Twitterville community.