It's easy to take social media lightly, but, even with my modest amount of followers and interactions, Twitter is, for me, the best platform for making new connections, growing a following and even signing new business deals.
Last week at the end of a long workday, I posted a small, grainy gif that showed a brief interaction I created in Figma. I was preparing for a board meeting presentation, and, as a last-minute update, I wanted to show the board and the developer a little bit of interaction I envisioned for one of their central CTAs.
I didn't have enough time to launch After Effects (my ageing rMBP takes a good few minutes to render the main window), so I decided to recreate my animation using Figma, the tool I had used in the first place to design the entire product page.
The resulting animation turned out okay, so I decided to share it on Twitter and see what sort of reaction I would get. This is the original tweet
A lot of people liked it and interacted with that tweet. To my total surprise, a day later, a very talented developer by the name of @HeyZohaib decided to recreate the effect in Webflow and posted his process and end-result on this page
Because of this interaction, I received three job offers from new leads, closing two of those within the same day and made a lot of new connections I didn't have before.
It's not the first time that something like this has happened to me, but, it's a good reminder that sharing work-in-progress shots and animations is a great way of growing your connections and cementing your status as a knowledgeable user. You never know what might come out of an innocent post or conversation.
I would also recommend watching this short but incredibly informative video of how some power-users take advantage of Twitter.