Twitter is one of those things that when you first encounter it you think – “what is the point of this?!” but when you start to get the hang of it you love it. These are a few of the ways I have found Twitter incredibly useful as an aspiring inventor and they might help you too. My twitter is @ideasuploaded

1. Finding like-minded people to connect with.

Where else could you do a quick search and find people all over the world to connect with who are interested in inventing like you. Use twitter’s built in search, and Twellow to search peoples profiles.

2. People to chat to if you work on your own.

If you work on your own all day it’s great to be able to just have simple conversations like you would in an office with general chit chat. A few inventors you might want to follow @francisohare @mummypreneur @TheGameAisle @tomlawton

3. Getting an answer to an invention question

Several times when I have been unsure of something such as a question on patents (thank you for answers @patentfactory) or information on the best way to submit ideas to certain companies I have put the question on Twitter and got answers. A while a go I had been trying to find a group Non disclosure agreement online with no success, I asked on twitter, someone replied and shortly after they emailed me a sample one (thank you @buffdesign).

4. Recommendations to companies and people?

If you are looking for someone to help you with an invention project, try asking on Twitter. You can either throw the question out to all your followers or ask someone specifically by mentioning their twitter handle or sending them a direct message. Make sure you do your own due diligence yourself of course. I personally have received direct mails and seen tweets asking “Do you know anyone who does…” When I asked a question about toy invention I was recommended a toy agent by more than one person on twitter (thank you @visionguy1 and @Toymaker2). I haven’t used them yet, but they are on my list of future possible contacts.

Mark Shaw (@markshaw), a Twitter expert has taken this to the next level by creating a hashtag #msrfr for people looking for recommendation requests. This means that if you are looking for a recommendation and you put the #msrfr then other people on twitter should start making suggestion. Read more about it on Mark’s Blog.

5. You can follow people and companies in the niche you are inventing in.

If you are inventing for example in the gardening niche, why not follow some companies that you might potentially be able to license you ideas, or sell your products to. You could also follow people who tweet about gardening to keep up with the latest trends.

6. Brainstorming

Strange as it may sound I was stuck for ideas for a name for a water toy invention idea, I asked on Twitter and a few creative people started coming up with ideas to help me.

If anyone would be interested I will put together a post on twitter basics – please let me know in the comments. Please let me know how you have used twitter to help with your inventing in the comments below too.

Recommended twitter reading

Twitter your business Mark Shaw – at Amazon UK, at Amazon US

Twitter Power Joel Comm  – at Amazon UK, at Amazon US

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