How many of your Twitter followers do you interact with on a regular basis? By regular basis, I mean at least once a week or more, and in a medium where you can use more than 140 characters. Communication is hard enough with common media such as email; you cannot effectively talk with direct messages and mentions. Sooner or later you have to remove that limitation if you intend to connect or socialize beyond fluff conversation.
For a long time I resisted Twitter, as many still do. Although I had an account for quite a while I didn’t use it. During this last year I have come to understand the usefulness of Twitter. And, as time goes on I am starting to see how I can build a better Twitter following than what I now have.
For some its a numbers game,
how many followers can you get. This will piss some people off – most of my followers have no interest in me other than a number to increase their own following. Large numbers of followers give the impression of popularity. We don’t need an advanced degree to know this is bullshit. Unless you are a celebrity, an A-List blogger or have some other star quality, you only get these high numbers with automation. This is an aspect of Twitter I wish would go away.
In some ways this is like spam.
Spammers depend on huge numbers to blast with messages, knowing that a small percentage will click and buy the snake-oil they sell. The inordinate number of Twitter marketing, SEO experts, Life coaches etc are working this same scam.
Of course there are people who are experts in all these fields.
The scammers have diluted their credibility in the anonymity of the Internet.
No, none of this is original and certainly not my idea.
I am guilty of following people I know don’t share any interest with me. We will never connect. Here’s an idea. Pare back who I follow to a small group of people I can actually work with. Keep a group small enough to get to know these people, and interact with them.
Show no mercy.
Dump the experts, the incessant post-a-quoters (not the occasional quote), those with political agendas and fanatical ideas, fundamentalists and pain-in-the-ass ad posters. Twitter will be posting ads, I don’t want a self-appointed life coach, a faux expert and all honey quotes. My number of followers won’t be large, but they will be quality people I can actually read, and form a reciprocal relationship based on mutual interest.
These are true Twitter friends
and people I connect with. I have talked to many of you via email or phone. Without Twitter, I would probably never have met you. And for that I am forever grateful.