What twitter has done for me.

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What twitter has done for me.

my twitter page

Suddenly, there was a twitter what everybody was talking about. Conan O’Brian, the talk show host, made fun of it every night on his show. Curiosity came to me. Mainly I fascinated by I get to talk to celebrities.

Set my account, find celebrities and yes they were talked to the fans directly. Then I realize lots of companies using twitter to promote themselves. First I found show biz people like tonight show. After a while I was goofing around finding people and just got me thinking, does lonely planet has account?

And BAM! They do have one. Moreover there are several people working there too. I was and still am really into traveling so I want to know how to work there. This is huge company so they must have an appropriate spot for me. What I did was sending them a message of ask how to. Of course they didn’t follow me yet so I had to mention them. You know the drill! Lonely planet account people kindly tell me there is a recruit site for people like me.

The best part starts from here.

Lonely planet was many followers, and many of them must see my messages. –Now I understand. That time I was such a rookie. All of a sudden, I got a message asked me “what kind of travel relate job are you looking for?” it was Traveldudes! Great man. Let’s get into that later on.

I answered him and we chat a little. Then he asked me “Are you interested in be an author in my website?” What I’m going to say is too obvious but I should say it was the life changing sentence for me. I know how great what he does now but had no idea back then. Because frankly I really appreciated about all the opportunity I could get. Turns out, I belong to a great society!

Well, you can imagine what I answered.

Yes, yes, thousand times yes!!

not this exact word… but yes, you can imagine.

I live in Seoul so I thought travel tip from insider is good for visitors.

My very first travel tip for traveldudes was about national museum of Korea. It took really long time to put it together. And I think it is not even that good. Rookie mistake? maybe. It was my very first official travel tip and in English! Thanks traveldudes for your enthusiasm, fix my every errors and everything.

Since the first article I started to realize how much information you get from twitter. All I knew and everyone talked about was useless chatting with nobody. But no. Twitting is so much more. Whenever I told this story to my friends who are not using twitter, they always end up surprised. They had no idea people use Twitter that way.

I think it is the matter of how do you use it with the same tool.

Anyway back to the story.

Yes I started to post travel tips in traveldudes. If someone asks me when was your big moments in your life then of course there are many fascinating moments but I defiantly pick this moment. Because of his offer I am starting to into traveler’s world of twitter and think, dream bigger. Because of that, now I have my own blog. Always wanted to build it but I think I just need a little push.


What has twitter done for me? Gave my dream back.

This opportunity helped me find my way.

Special thanks to Traveldudes of course.

Now I have many great advisers who I met on Twitter!.

Great tools don’t make great products. How to use the great tool is the key to make a great product. Some wise man said at the Oscars.

What has twitter done for you?



Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .


  1. lynney82 says:

    This is how I got started too! Traveldudes asked me to write tips for their site. A great idea to inspire and help other travellers.
    Well done on your new blog, it’s great. I’m not quite ready yet I will work it out one day!

  2. I signed up to Twitter well before the celebs, but it took me a year before I really started to see the potential. Not many people were using it, and I had a few readers follow me, that was about it.

    Then BOOM, all of a sudden everyone was talking about it. Twitter has got me an interview on radio, quoted in national press, and most importantly has built my brand, awareness of my blog and I have met tons of fantastic people (some idiots too!)

    The problem I have now is using Twitter less because it can be addictive and you can waste time on it.

    • Juno says:

      i’ve notice already so many people were in it when i made my account.
      thanks to you, or people like what you do, i’ve got tons of great ideas and inpiring moments!
      should thank you for that 🙂
      and really appreciate your words.
      let the journey begin! or, already started? 🙂

  3. Great post. Interesting for twitter newbies like us to see that what we’re going through has all been done before. Have also been asked to write some tips for traveldudes, feel we have enough experience of travelling with our kids to offer some insights from that angle. Good to hear it was a great experience for you. We’re currently gearing up to set off again so for the moment I’m just enjoying being part of the travel community on twitter.

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Joe 🙂 traveling with kids is very exciting and exausting at the same time (at least what i felt 🙂 )
      so it’s really good to share that angles with others!
      Being around travel tweeps is really inspiring. Really enjoying sharing experience with all of them include you!

  4. Ted Nelson says:

    Twitter has done a lot for me. It has given me an opportunity to share and promote my writing as well as reading/sharing other travel writers. It provides a sense of community for us travel writers. #followfriday and #traveltuesday are weekly opportunities to say hello to fellow friends. It has also given me inspiration to write new posts. I have had several leads on new articles from other tweeps. It has also lead me to this great blog. Keep up the great posts.

    • Juno says:

      hey Ted. You always say really nice things!
      exactly what you said. #FF and #TT introduce me lots of great travel tweeps. including you of course. being around very inspiring people made me feel i can do more and better.
      I love your outdoorsey article. I am quite an outdoorsey person but hey, not much compare to you! 🙂
      Thanks for the great words Ted. always
      visit Korea sometimes! we do have stunning natures here 😉
      Everything i do. people matters. always.

  5. Melvin says:

    Thanks Juno, nice to hear that Traveldudes helped you a bit. I actually must thank you and also all the others who contribute & share their tips on Traveldudes.org with others. I mean that was the whole idea behind the site… For Travelers, By Travelers!

    As a thank you the writers can add a link to their blog & I promote them via Twitter & Facebook & I’m happy that this works successful and that everyone profits of it.

    Here you will find all of Juno’s travel tips: http://su.pr/2lveJ2

    It’s nice to see how your blog grows and that you are a part of travel-twitter-land.

    Happy #TravelTuesday


    • Juno says:

      Thanks for the great compliment Melvin!. You are doing great job. the best I dare say.
      Many articles in Traveldudes are really intimate, informative and enthusiastic. for Travelers, by Travelers for sure!!
      thanks for bringing me to this wonderful travel-twit-land.
      looking forward to sharing more world with you and travel tweeps!
      Happy #TravelTuesday to you and to you all.

  6. That’s a lovely story Juno. Melvin is doing a great job with Traveldudes (http://www.traveldudes.org/) and it’s nice to read that he offered you the little last push you needed to dare flying with your own wings.
    Twitter is indeed a powerful tool, but as all tools it is also very much depending from the use one is doing of it.
    To me, Twitter was one of the nicest and unexpected surprises in the last months: I got to know lots of interesting people (and you are definitely one of them) but even more I found out that in some cases there can be a great solidarity and support from people you would never expect. That’s what I like at most!

    • Juno says:

      He sure does 😀
      Twitter bring us all together, right? some say ‘what a waste of time’ but no. really so much more. people matters!
      the response of articles, bloggins are truely amazing. i am learning so much, inspired everyday. what a grateful moments. and thank you too Simon 🙂 thanks for the great word!

  7. Melvin says:

    @waitinginthedark Yes, it is really amazing about the contacts you get on Twitter. It is sooo great to see that there is a real connection between the regular twitter users. I’ve just met 2 tweeters in person @velvetescape & @IsabellesTravel & we got really well along. 🙂 That was a very interesting experience & I hope to meet many more in of you guys & gals in future! So whenever one of you is around Köln (Cologne), Germany, give me a tweet!

    • Juno says:

      did you? wow 🙂 i can imagine how you guys got along great. we sure do share a great value of life, right? Actually I’m going to meet one tweep next week, he is going to visit Korea for business. so I’m taking him to some places 🙂 looking forward to it!
      Someday (hopefully soon) i will be in Europe, Germany, so going to twit you Melvin! 😀

  8. Susan says:

    Hey Juno, great story. Good on you for getting on there and giving it a go. I have my own travel blogs and resource site over at thousandmilejourney.com.au and love using twitter to connect and share things with likeminded travel people. I’ll be following you and look forward to reading more of your blog.
    I also agree with Darren that Twitter can waste a lot of time and can be addictive!! 🙂

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Susan for kind words 🙂
      Yes twitter can be addictive! so i try to just stick with some purpose along with fun!! haha 😀
      I’m going to check your website out after this comment. This is the best part of Twitter. Get to know people who has same interests. Thanks for sharing. Nice to meet you and thrill to get to know you in advance. 🙂

  9. Mikeachim says:

    Twitter’s been incredibly useful for me as a semi-professional writer. I’ve got in contact with all sorts of top-ranking people in their chosen fields, and it’s helped me find freelance work and understand how the writing industry (mainly the travel-writing industry) recruits new writers. It’s helped me promote my blog (and I’ve been lucky enough to get a few things widely retweeted, including by LP), and…well, it’s fun. (And addictive, as Susan and Darren note above. Horribly addictive. Dangerously so).

    I’m still kinda new to it all, but Twitter has opened that door. Now I’m taking my first few steps through it.

    But watch the addiction. It’s all too easily a Problem, with a capital P. Twitter can suck entire evenings dry. Scary. 😉

    If you’re looking for travel-writing inspiration, I can recommend Matador Network, WorldHum and Travel Intelligence’s archives. There’s some amazing reading in here, and some good lessons to learn about writing for online markets…

    • Juno says:


        Thanks Mike! wow that’s great story. Twitter definately help us all a lot!!
        Yes, like Susan,Darren and your saying, it’s a blt addictive…but it’s matter of use, right? after all, we are all adults.. 😀 i think. haha
        I once RT by LP once. it was amazingly grateful. My street food of Seoul article i wrote in Traveldudes. it was huge sell!I can imagine how it went with you.

      And thanks for the recommendation. I definately need more study of writing in English and everything.. So I’m going to check it out!
      Thanks for sharing Mike! looking forward to share experience with you!


  10. Ah, the wonders of tweets! Mostly for me, it helps keep my friends and readers updated about my activities when I am too busy to blog properly. It’s like the mini-version of blogging, and faster!

    Still, blogging has its perks. I found your blog from my friends, Cumi & Ciki’s blog. Ah, the wonders of blogging! 🙂

    • Juno says:

      @Life for Beginners

      Haha you are Ciki’s friend! awesome. nice girl.
      Yes i met lots of great people in twitter also. yes, the wonders of tweets indeed!
      the informations you can get from here is insainely many.
      I can just reading blogs through the whole day. literally.
      Nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing!


  11. Erin says:

    It’s true – the power of twitter is amazing, and something the people who make fun of it don’t understand. I have got so many travel tips from twitter and my partner Simon has even got work through it (as a web designer/developer). We have just started out on our indefinite travels and I know there will be many more good things to come from Twitter.

    • Juno says:


        Yes. Twitter let me meet you cool guys too! 🙂 i’ve been your blog, love the bive, specially font! just like my taste 🙂 nothing like mine tho.. well, I’m still working on it. Didn’t figure it how.
        maybe Simon, your partner, can help me as a web designer! 😀
        Twitter thought me so much in a good way. Hope it contines for long.
        Thanks for sharing Erin


  12. Lynne Gray @lynnerosie says:

    What a great post Juno, all positive 🙂 It is always a pleasure to connect with new people on twitter, learning from them and building relationships. The wonderful thing is when you meet someone face-to-face and it’s as if you’ve known each other for ages 🙂

    • Juno says:

      Thanks for the sharing Lynne! 😀 There’s cleary some downside of internet relationshops but i had for last few months was just wonderful. Including you Lynne! 😀
      I met three travel twit-peeps last week for the first time, and I know that you mean. We just get along great! like Melvin and other tweeps said that same thing. Just so pleasent! Hope we could continue share our experiences and futures with all wonderful tweeps.


  13. Hello Juno, you wrote very well and good here. Thanks for sharing this experience.


    • Juno says:

      Thanks! You are so sweet. 🙂 I just inspired by so many great, GREAT bloggers around the world. I still have so much to say….. and yes still very long way to go… English study included!! 😀 Thanks again!


  14. adam says:

    I’ll agree that Twitter is great! It’s helped me out immensely while I’ve planned my trip— and for marketing my blog as well. One of the best ways to meet people online, no doubt.

    • Juno says:


      Totally agree with you Adam. I got so many great tips, i got to see other world, and yes it helps me promote my blog too! sometimes i met some weird dudes in twitter, since it’s online relationship after all. but i have plenty of good people on my side, like you! 🙂 When do you leave? Can’t wait to real all about it!
      Thanks Adam!


  15. Lilian says:

    TTwitter definitely gives me more ideas on where to travel to. And also an opportunity to share tips on places I’ve been to =)

    • Juno says:


      If you use it rignt, Twitter is really great to reach to people, right? Glad you got so many information through twitter ! So do I. I do get lots of wonderful travel informations.. and people!

  16. vewe says:

    First signed up for twitter because my boss asked me to, for some company projects and he was afraid i was being too stressful on my job, so I can use twitter to lighten my burden he said … grateful for that 🙂

    Then I got to know many wonderful people but of course some are fake too … however i have to say, twitter is a great place to reach out for information I need.

  17. Matt says:

    It’s amazing the connections I’ve made through twitter. Met so many people in Queenstown who were keen to meet up after seeing my tweets.

    • Juno says:


      yes.. totally. I have so many couches to crasy when I go RTW. If the offer is stand till then. haha! 🙂
      Sometimes it’s annoying from all the fake and add. people but it’s the best way to meet people who has same interest. Like you! 🙂 Live in NZ is my long dream you know. 🙂

  18. So cute :))) yes, Melvin is a great guy!

  19. Thanks for sharing that Juno. I’m just getting started with travel blogging and twitter…so it was nice to hear your story.

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