The Power of Twitter

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

In January 2009, I took a course at the Harvard Extension School called “Social Media for Web 2.0.” During one of the first classes, we discussed Twitter.

At the time, I had heard of Twitter, but I wasn’t using it because I didn’t really understand it. The instructor gave a brief demonstration and discussed how Twitter worked, which lead to an interesting conversation about how it could potentially change the way we communicate. By the end of the conversation, however, the majority of the room agreed that Twitter seemed pointless and it would never catch on. I guess we had no clue what we were talking about because, a few months later, Twitter exploded!

Sometimes, Twitter is pointless, but more often than not, I find it helpful, informative, and even motivating, especially in regard to early morning Saturday workouts. 😉

Check out my tweet from last night:


Basically, I was blowing off my workout. Well, my Twitter buddies weren’t letting me off the hook so easily. A bunch of people encouraged me to go to Body Pump and others shared their own workout plans for the next morning. Angie and I even confirmed (via tweet) that our alarms clocks were set for an early morning wake-up call! Who knew Twitter could motivate me like that?!?

Even the snow that fell overnight did not deter my plans!

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Cleaning the snow off of my car is never fun, but I was determined to get myself to Body Pump.

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At least it was a pretty morning!

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Before heading to the gym, I made myself a bowl of oatmeal with dried blueberries, ground flaxseed meal, and peanut butter.

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After Body Pump, I rewarded myself with a Hawaiian Chocolate Nut iced coffee from Marylou’s. It was totally worth waking up at 6:15 on a Saturday morning!

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When I arrived home, my little pug was still snoozing. He was so adorable, I just had to snap a photo.

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Unfortunately, I woke him up.

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Murphy was not pleased.

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Lots of projects to tackle this afternoon!

What do you think of Twitter?



  1. I’ve connected with SO many local businesses and bloggers via Twitter. I love it! It’s so nice to get instant feedback, and let restaurants and bars know about their service, and get info in exchange from them! I’ve also connected with businesses for giveaway and SO much else. I love Twitter!

  2. I love how hardcore Americans are with the snow – if that amount of snow hit England, NO_ONE would leave their houses, shops would shut, no work would be open, the gym would definitely be shut!
    I like Twitter, just for seeing what people ar eup to really 🙂

  3. I don’t use it, but I read others’ tweets. I’m pretty quiet, so a lot of times less is more to me. I generally don’t need a lot of words.

  4. Murphy is so adorable! I just signed up for twitter a couple of months ago. I’m still figuring out how to use it. I’m so confused. So I usually don’t post much. I just look to see what people are writing.

  5. I had Twitter for about a year before I started using it regularly like I do now. But once you start to “get it,” I think you become hooked. I am the go-to person to teach my friends how to use it – I’ve even converted many Twitter haters to appreciate its use & its impact on communication. Just look at recent major global social events/crises – the role Twitter played is quite extraordinary in disseminating information. It certainly has its flaws and crowdsourcing is definitely an issue, but you can’t argue with the fact that social media is dramatically changing the way we communicate.

  6. Insanely jealous you live near Mary Lou’s. I’m definitely getting some later today on my way to the Cape for Hyannis!!!

    I never understood Twitter for the longest time but now I love it. So cool you can connect with people that you normally couldn’t : )

    We need to make plans for next weekend!

  7. Good for you making that early morning work out. I, on the other hand, texted my friend to postpone our workout by an hour because I couldn’t imagine waking up as early as the zumba class was going to require. Haha.
    I have a twitter account, but I am totally unsure of how to use it. I follow quite a few bloggers, but I don’t know if I should respond via tweet when they pose questions. Or how! I can pretty much get my blog posts on there and retweet. 🙁 You should do a twitter tutorial!

  8. To be honest, I’m not really in to Twitter that much. I have an account and use it fairly regularly but most of the time I think it’s a real time drain – it’s easy to get sucked in and not do other stuff. Glad you found it motivating though.

  9. I’m not on Twitter…I guess I was a non-believer…but I might have to rethink that now! I’m trying to get my own business rolling, and it would probably make a ton of sense for me to be on it!

    P.s. Murphy is TOO cute…really.

  10. It took me a long time to get on the twitter bandwagon. I made my account a couple of years ago, but never did -anything- with it. I stayed over on Facebook, where I felt comfortable and at home.

    At some point, I realized that I updated my Facebook status every 5 minutes for really stupid reasons……why wasn’t I using twitter, a platform designed for such usage?

    Just around this time, one of my best friends became a twitter user and I just sort of switched over. I use twitter everyday and love it.

    I think my biggest problem when I first heard of twitter was the name. Every single time I heard a politician or news anchor say the word “tweet” or “twitterverse” in complete seriousness, I just got annoyed. I mean, what is the world coming to when the people running our country are changing the world by “tweeting”?!

  11. I too resisted Twitter, but overtime I saw the benefits like you did. It is a really cool thing to have such a big group of people ‘together’ with like-minded goals! I do find that I have to mindfully limit my time on it though or it can be a big time-waster. I keep tweetdeck closed most of the day and open it up a few times when I take breaks. That works much better for my productivity!
    Oh and that picture of the sunrise is gorgeous!!

  12. Don’t you just love when that happens?! I would have probably stayed in bed if my car looked the way yours did. Now your workout is done and you’re ready for the rest of your day – the best feeling!

  13. I have slowly but surely become addicted to Twitter. I prefer it to facebook actually! I like the idea that only the people who care enough to follow you are going to have access to your tweets unlike facebook where every single random person you’re friends with is privy to your facebook updates.

  14. I’ve never used it, seems like a great tool though! Good job on the body pump early this morning. My gym’s Saturday body pump is at 9am and I think THATS early!

  15. I’m still learning more about Twitter, but I’m hoping it will help my blog grow and help me connect to more people who share my interests. It’s so funny that you posted this today, but I just added a twitter badge to my blog page. Crazy!

  16. I used to have a Twitter account but I never felt I had anything interesting to say so I cancelled it! I do miss following celebrities though, I can’t decide whether I want to make a new one or not.

  17. Honestly, I have a twitter account and NEVER use it. I just don’t really get it. I mean quite honestly I don’t really care what people are doing every minute of every day. I don’t care if the store is crowded or if someone is stuck in traffic. We get that enough with FB status updates. I do think it could be an important tool if used in a manner that say warns of security threats, or traffics updates, or something useful. But the random posts of “I’m hungry” or “Costco is crowded” just annoy me.

  18. I personally don’t use twitter because I can really only handle Facebook but I definitely see the benefits of having and using Twitter. I work for a non-profit and it really helps get the word out and keep people informed. Social media has a great impact for organizations/businesses but for individuals I don’t really see the point.

  19. Honestly, I’m still getting used to Twitter! There’s so much to learn. But I think it’s a great resource for keeping up on everything in the world and also staying connected with people (especially blog buddies from afar!)

  20. I love twitter because its a good way to catch up with friends- blog and otherwise. I was a big AOL instant messager user back in HS/college so it’s kind of the replacement of that for me, without away messages 🙂

    Also I like how I can connect with companies through twitter. Two days before my wedding I still didn’t have my Vista Print photo cards telling guests about our shutterfly page. I complained about it on twitter because I had paid for it to be sent rush. They made sure I got them in time for the wedding. I love twitter!

  21. I use twitter a lot for various reasons. I’m actually a Nascar fan, and I follow a lot of driver’s and media to stay on top of all the news! I also follow a lot of Registered Dietitian’s where I get a lot of nutritional tips.

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