Twitterin’ Tommy – Success Stories from Road Trip 2.0

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

On the information superhighway, Twitter has provided Tommy Clapp, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Townside, plenty of roadside assistance.

When he needed to help a referral connect with a Realtor in another state, Clapp tweeted a direct message (DM) to an agent in Northern Virginia and received the name of an attorney who handles real estate closings in Baltimore. He then contacted that person via Twitter and the name of a Baltimore agent was sent in reply. Before the day was over, he was able to connect a buyer who had been referred to him and who wanted to buy a house in Baltimore with an agent from a trusted source. “Its fantastic how well it worked out and in a period of hours,” says Clapp. “They were able to get together that weekend to find something.”

Tommy Clapp, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Townside, with his iPhone

Handshake 2.0 asked Tommy Clapp,
"Can an iPhone take a picture of itself?"
Great answer – a shot taken with his Mac.

Imagine shopping in Lowes and realizing you forgot to measure a piece of furniture and that measurement was a “must-have” in order to make a purchase decision? That's exactly what  happened to Clapp. He did what anyone with a cell phone could do – he posted a tweet asking for the dimensions of a king size bed. Seconds later, he had the info he needed. “I love the connection part of it and the wealth of information is incredible.”

Making friends on Twitter is another added benefit. Clapp met his first “Twitter friend” on an out-of-state trip. They arranged to meet over lunch and discovered that they knew a great deal about one another even though they had never met face-to-face.

With all the successes Clapp has experienced using Twitter, I asked him if there were anything else he needed to further make his way on Road Trip 2.0. His reply? “Hands down – a blog.”

Meet Tommy Clapp on Twitter at @Chumley21.


Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0.  You can follow her on Twitter, @zkellyq.


Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS, a Handshake 2.0 client, is a full service real estate agency specializing in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, and Salem, Virginia real estate and homes.  It strives to be the best online source for real estate listings in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, Salem and all of the  Roanoke Valley and New River Valley.   Experienced agents are available to provide expert real estate advice and quality customer service.  You're invited to view this week's featured properties, search all area listings, and to read agent tips on the Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS® blog, Keepin' It Real Estate.

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  1. tommy has certainly learned to maximize his use of social media – he’s figured it out and taken off! It’s been fun to watch

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