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Twitter Hope For Young & Savvy

12 Jul

It’s not often I browse the Twittersphere and stumble upon emotions such as pride, ambition and maybe even a sense of relief?

As we all know, the world is in a bitterly cold place with regards to money matters, politicial feuds and unemployment woes. Young people have been written off mainly by writers who can’t see a way out for us, politicians who state that they are doing the best they can and more to help us out with no obvious result as yet and helpless parents who strive to give their children the best they can and still can’t afford to pay for us to go into higher education.

You know what I say to all of these people? Jump on Twitter! Jump on YouTube! So many people are sticking their middle fingers up to the mess, announcing they have a talent, have found a gap in the market, can produce their own product and market it online without any form of help. Young people are wising up to the economy and I’ve never felt more proud.

Most of us are NOT the lazy, no-good bums the media plays us out to be. We are lost little puppies left to fend for ourselves whilst the grown-ups try and figure out how to fix everything else (sad violin music inserted here please)!

Hop online now and you will see musicians writing, producing, marketing and selling albums, merchandise and their story online through social media like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Tumblr.

Writers, such as myself, are e-publishing their own material, researching and discovering their own readership and branching out one step at a time.

Craftsmen are networking to advertise their designs whether they are for graphics, jewellery, mobile phone cases, organic clothing, bakery, paintings, homeware or cosmetics.

If you don’t believe me look at these examples below of all the people out there grabbing their business and running with it, spreading the word, making it viral;

Girl Meets Dress (@girlmeetsdress) – an online dress rental for those who can’t afford the designer price tags

L’zo (@Lzoartist) – in his own words; “North London rapper on the come up, trying to use Twitter to network within the industry”

BiJouled Glitzy Bitz (@BijouledShoes) – a service that offers crystal heels and self-designed phone cases

Lil Mai Sparkles (@LilMaiSparkles) – customises phone covers and sells jewellery

Daisy Does Jewellery (@DaisyDoesUK) – hand-makes and sells her own jewellery

Tink Couture (@custompixie) – custom phone cases, unique handmade bikinis and jewellery

Ami Diabetic (@amidiabetic) – help, news and forums for Diabetics around the world

These are just a few hand-picked examples from people I follow but you get the picture. UK chart-topping grime artist Wiley is a top believer in networking your way to success as he tweeted this yesterday, “I need a break from Twitter but it’s so hard to stay off here……this is my viral marketing place…”

Another ‘overnight success’ is Justin Bieber who famously uploaded his material on YouTube and got ‘discovered’ by Usher! Carly Rae Jepson was then ‘discovered’ by Bieber!

This is all the hope I need. Sometimes writing can be a lonely business which makes me doubt myself a hell of a lot. But it’s realisations like this one that give me a slither of hope as I try and break this new industry one tiny step at a time. My mother has a fab motto in business: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

Never a wiser word said (but don’t tell her I admit that)! Any of you who have an idea, or a small thought of ‘I wonder if I could…’ JUST GO FOR IT! What can you lose at this time? You don’t have to give up your day job, it’s something you’re going to experiment with. Jump off the board, dive in. Who knows where it will take you in the end?

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