Archive for the ‘Twitter’ Category
Growing an audience on Twitter can be hard, but I once took a new Twitter account from 0 to 1,000 followers with just a few hours of work.
How? By following everybody and anybody that looked interesting.
First, check this out: http://www.birdsontwitter.com/ and follow it to the feed @hungry_birds.
Then, for this one, I bitly’d the link, so as not to give away the joke: http://bit.ly/ghozSB
Recently, I have started using Chrome as my regular browser. When it was released originally, I used it as my default browser, but then I switched computers and got in the habit of using other browsers.
One of the things that I’ve really come to like about Chrome is the address bar. Unlike IE, Safari or Firefox, Chrome doesn’t have a separate search box—if you want to search, you just type directly into the Address Box.
I basically have one thing in mind when I use Twitter:
Listen to what people are saying, so I can help them out if I am able.
Actually, I suppose I have that in mind all the time. But, it comes to the forefront when using Twitter because the tools (i.e. the different Twitter clients and applications) are still so embryonic, and often make it so difficult.
The introduction of Twitter Lists is a major step forward, in my point of view. Lists allow me to create different listening contexts which reduces noise. In other words, when I am listening to my “friends” that’s different than listening to “social media opinion leaders”.
Below is my presentation (very brief…sadly, my time was cut short) at #140conf LA about Seven Things that Influence Whether or Not I Engage With You on Twitter (including a bonus 8th item from Robert Scoble!)
In addition to cancer, Drew also has the username @drew on Twitter. To raise money for Livestrong, he decided to auction off the username @drew figuring that some wealthy person named “Drew” would want to buy it.
To make a long story short, here’s what happened: Drew Carey said that he would buy the name for $100k. Then, he said that he would donate $1 to Livestrong for every person that followed him on Twitter by the end of the year…up to $1 million.
It drives me batty when people explain that Twitter is like Facebook except only the status updates. That is such a hideous explanation.
Yes, that is true, but one giant difference is that Twitter messages are completely out in the open whereas Facebook status updates are a) only shared with friends, and b) imprisoned within the walls of Facebook.
Along those lines, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the actual words “social media”. What is social media? What do those words mean? Let’s break it down: Read the rest of this entry »
I spend a lot of time focusing on the people who follow me on Twitter. They’ve given me the gift of their attention, so it would be disrespectful to do otherwise.
Everyday, at least once, I peruse my new followers to see who they are, and to engage a bit with each of them. Below are a few observations about that, and some tips on what might cause someone like me to engage more with someone like you.
1. Twitter is social which by definition means it’s about human interaction. If you don’t look like a human, it’s unlikely I’m going to feel compelled to interact with you. Read the rest of this entry »
For awhile now, I’ve felt like there is a problem when someone follows me on Twitter. The act of their follow is a tremendous compliment, but it’s too easy for that compliment to go unacknowledged. I felt like I wanted a way to acknowledge their follow genuinely.
In addition to somehow expressing my gratitude for their follow in a genuine way, I wanted to get to know the person a bit too. If I were at a cocktail party, and a circle of people were standing around listening to what I was saying, I would introduce myself and ask their name. Why should it be any different in the giant online cocktail party known as Twitter?
Many people acknowledge a follow with an auto-DM response. And, many, many people think this is lame. I considered using an auto-DM response to a follow with my contact information, along these lines: Read the rest of this entry »