In the past year, I've seen dozens of chambers of commerce dramatically increase their use of social media, especially Twitter and Facebook. I've noticed a few chambers of commerce that have truly created their own community of followers on Twitter, too.
These chambers not only promote their own events and news, but they highlight their members (using their Twitter IDs) and they engage them with conversations. And, their members even end up promoting each other in addition to recommending their chamber to others.
How cool is that? An online community of chamber members using Twitter to promote their business, their friends' businesses, their chamber and their physical community!
I think this is fantastic, but it can be hard to keep your followers up to date on which of your members are on Twitter.
Today, I saw one way the Mountain Brook AL Chamber of Commerce makes it EASY for members to follow other members on Twitter - all at once. On the lower right portion of their website (and probably in other communications), they link to a list of their members on Twitter.
The page you land on is created on TweepML, which lets you create lists for any group of Twitter users you want. What's neat about this service (and makes it a bit different from the lists that Twitter lets you create) is that you can choose to follow one, multiple or ALL of the members on the list at once.
You simply select the people you want to follow (or Select All) and scroll down the page to enter your Twitter name and password or connect using Twitter's Oath service. Then you'll be following everyone you selected. Quick and easy!
I know that some applications like Tweetdeck and Seesmic let you see Twitter lists that you follow, too. But most small business owners probably don't use those applications or fully understand how Twitter lists work. By using a tool like TweepML, you can help them directly follow other chamber members.
I did a quick test of TweepML and it was very easy to set up my list. Try it out for your chamber of commerce or business association. And let me know other ways you connect your members on Twitter to each other, too. Happy connecting!