Why not look for “connections” rather than “networking”? The difference is to only connect with people with whom you will cultivate true business relationships. It is not about the numbers.
I have discovered a Twitter activity I especially enjoy: watching TV while following real-time tweets for the show I’m viewing. It worked great for opening ceremonies for the Olympics.
The backchannel is a phenomenon where audience members carry on a conversation about the speaker during the presentation via Twitter. Backchanneling can stimulate discussion but it can also intimidate the speaker. Perhaps the traditional speech is becoming passe and role of keynoter will morph to more of a facilitator.
The marketplace appears to be demanding higher quality in internet writing. Christopher Knight of EzineArticles announced in October that his company has consistently been raising its standards for submissions to the article bank. On the other hand, Google is now including Twitter messages of up to a mere 140 characters in its search results.
On September 8 the Wall Street Journal reported that “more companies are tweeting for hires.” Corporate recruiters are turning to Twitter specifically because it provides fewer applicants. In addition, Twitter helps job applicants research companies and helps freelancers and consultants research prospects for their solopro services.