Continuing with our Clion Twitter Profiles, meet Stephan Rosger, one of our User Interface designers. When he’s not pushing pixels at Clio, he enjoys soaking in Vancouver’s lush scenery, cooking, exploring art and design, and promoting industry.
What is your Twitter Handle?
I use my last name: @Rosger because it’s a totally unique last-name, and can’t be confused with anyone elses Twitter handle.
Do you have a tweeting philosophy?
Basically they’re the same rules I have when it comes to emailing:
- Don’t post drunk.
- Don’t post when angry.
- Don’t Spam.
Not to say I haven’t learned these lessons the hard way over the years.
Don’t spew your whole life on Twitter, but also don’t close yourself off. Shed some light on your life and interests, and just be yourself. If you’re looking for work, don’t just post cookie-cutter articles about your industry – personality counts. Your personality advertises your soft skills, and will help you match-up with an employer that can relate to your interests and personality, and more importantly possibly get along with you. There’s nothing worse than working for someone that can’t relate to you, but hires you just because they could.
Do you tend to purchase from or do business with companies that use Twitter?
Yeah, but mostly restaurants if they have a Twitter profile, and that’s only if I like their food.
If you count networking as doing business then yes, I network with other agencies and other creatives. This sometimes leads to some kind of small business relationship, which is pretty cool. Since graduating I’ve gotten 90% of my job leads and interviews through Twitter. I can also say that my job here at Clio was a result of being on Twitter. It’s a great tool to stay connected within the design community for sure, especially when it’s a little known fact that it can be hard to meet new people here in Raincouver.
Do you keep separate profiles?
Nope, just the one.
What’s your favorite thing about Twitter?
I like how everyone’s voice counts on Twitter, it’s very democratic that way. It doesn’t matter what your social status is or how much money you make, everyone’s equal and every voice (or Tweet) counts. During the 2012 race for the White House, Twitter records were broken because people could voice their opinion. If people got out and voted as much as they tweeted, that’d create some real change. It’s a good sign though when poll results are down, yet Twitter activity goes through the roof – it shows that people actually still care and are engaged.
If tweeting stopped during important events like that I’d really start to panic. So yeah, being able to reach so many people openly and freely is pretty awesome.
Personally for me, as a designer, I’m still amazed how I can reach out to other designers around the world that I really look up to and engage with them. Even if it’s just one reply from them, I love it. There was no way you could do that 6-7 years ago.
And what’s your least favorite thing about Twitter?
My least favorite thing about Twitter is when all a person does is complain about his or her life. These people always seem to live in a first-world country, are on their iPhone 6 or whatever, and are drinking a delicious premium Starbucks beverage that the barista screwed up by serving it 2 degrees too cold. Go out and volunteer or something.
I also wonder why people sign-up with Twitter, follow 3000 people in one day and just wait for people to start following back without posting anything interesting. That’s not how Twitter works – content is key. What’s in it for your follower?
Is there a Twitter feature you think is missing?
Yeah there is. I’m not sure if they fixed it yet (correct me if they have), but when you’re using the web client, and you check your direct messages, I wish you could click on the person that sent you the message to get to their profile – It’s soooo annoying. Other than that I like everything they’re doing, at least with the web client.
And finally, what Twitter clients do you use?
I just got my first iPhone/smartphone a couple weeks ago. Before that I just had a flip phone and all of my tweeting was from using the web client at twitter.com. Since having an iPhone, I’ve Tweeted a bit while on the go. I use the Twitter app, and actually quite like it. I’ve tried Tweetbot as well, but keep going back to the Twitter app. I also like using 3rd-party apps to post content onto Twitter like Pinterest and more recently, Instagram. I’ve heard that Tweetdeck and Hootsuite are great to use, but so far I’ve been doing great with what I have, and I tend to stick with what works. If I had 2-3 accounts to manage, I would start exploring those clients for sure because then it get’s tricky.
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