It’s a Twitzkrieg!

Saying “Thank You” in a unique (and fun) way!

What the heck is a “Twitzkrieg”? In my ever-growing attempt to make my digital self reflect my actual self, I’ve brought on a concept that I’ve done often over the course of the past 8 years – combining 2 words to make 1 new one.

“Twitzkrieg” = Twitter + Blitzkrieg

If you study your history, you’ll know that “Blitzkrieg” is the German word meaning “lightning war”. You can read the definition and explanation of that by clicking on the phrase above, but in short, it was a LOT of action in a very short amount of time.

Sean Ogle has inspired me to try something rather unique. Recently, he wrote on the “9 Ways NOT to Build a Blog – and 1 Way to Be Successful”. The 6th way mentioned is what’s inspired me to action today.

Tuition-Free Education

The Internet has become an amazing place as of late! From making new friends, to learning new things, it can all be done (well, ALMOST all of it) online. I’ve learned more through the people I’ve met and read online in the last 6 months, than maybe anywhere else in the last 2 years! Now, before I get ahead of myself, that doesn’t cancel out my college education, or the amazing education I’ve gleaned from reading some great books! I’m just really pumped about how FAST it’s gone!

It all started with Twitter

So…with all that being said, I’m going to be starting today, Tuesday, August 31st, 2010. I (@josh_crocker) am going to start saying “thank you” to every….single….person….I follow on Twitter, one by one. Is it crazy? Yup! Is it weird? Of course! Fun? Yesssss!

Loving on my customers

David Crandall and LaVonne Ellis issued a challenge yesterday for all who read to start aggressively “loving” on their customers for the next 28 days. I’ll also be participating in this challenge, and I consider this “Twitzkrieg” to be the kickoff of that. Sure, not everybody I follow on Twitter is a “customer” of mine, but I’m a “customer” of their education, friendship, and am a fan of their personalities.

Want to have your name called?

Right this very moment as this is being typed, I currently follow 405 people on Twitter. This is an open invitation for you to get your name called. I usually follow people back that follow me…but especially follow them back to see if they’re doing one or both of the following:

  • Engaging with their community (in other words, they’re not just RT’ing everything and spouting off random quotes, but their participating in ACTUAL conversation)
  • Are blessing others with some type of content of their own (be it a Facebook Note, blog posts, or a few videos uploaded to Youtube, Viddler, or Vimeo)

It’s going to take me quite a few days to get through the initial 405…and hopefully along the way, I’ll be making some new friends and that number will be added to over the next few weeks.

Anyways…I hope y’all will enjoy this crazy adventure. I know I will! 🙂

See you all soon!

– Josh

P.S. – I will be using the hashtag #TK (Twitzkrieg) to separate these “thank yous” from my regular tweets. Feel free to use it yourself if you decide to join Sean and I!

Photo Credit: Señor Codo

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