FollowFriday is upon us & since there are no rules, I am just going to give out my .02 (shocker) on what I see as the demise, dilution & ineffectiveness of FollowFriday.
#FF is there to introduce your followers to a few…A FEW…other people that might be interesting to follow. I love it when people pick a few people in the same type of category. There is meaning & RELEVANCE there, thank you.
Sending me 46 (i swear to you, this is true) FollowFriday’s this morning that are all RE-TWEETS is just flat out unacceptable. How would you feel if you were one of 46 groupings of 5-8 people. Wow, real special man..thanks for thinking of me. Oh, then in-between those RT’s? RT’s of his message he sent out earlier. *sigh*
I wonder if he even knows those 46 people that he RT’d? Do any of those people feel EXTRA SPECIAL now that someone with 46,000+ followers “mentioned their name”? Man, I hope they are upset for being diluted down to a RT of a FF hack.
If you are going to do #FF, do it because you actually mean it…not for some ego driven, number whoring reason…yea, I said the word. out. *drop mic here*
Like I would ever do that! Not as long as I am in the business to help businesses or in the business of Jen – you know, being a consumer! @TweetEtiquette is my other alter-ego that I thought I could pass along good tips & tricks that I have learned on my almost-2-year-journey with Twitter. As of this afternoon, I will tweet out one last time as the Etiquette Princess that I am & direct people to follow @JenHarris09 for further inspiration & guidance.
So farewell @TweetEtiquette, I can no longer manage you or the ba-zillion ways that people will spell you.
My two (2) year Twitter anniversary is coming up on May 16th. I want to do something BIG. My most read blog on a daily basis is The Auto DM Question, I thought I would expand on this a bit.
First, what is an AutoDM? Most Tweeple use the AutoDM to automatically send a Direct Message to someone that starts following them back (you can not dm someone that is not following you first). The thought is nice…but it just doesn’t ring to the true-ness of what Twitter started out to be and what it should be. And yes, I am telling you how to use Twitter – at least for the AutoDM.
TweetLater is a site that has offers amazing FREE & subscription based Twitter services…one of them being the AutoDM. They sell it as “send welcome DM’s to new followers”…which it should read…”send impersonal, unsolicited ads to people who follow you-they will never know it was automated!” ARGH.
My quick .02 = be personal. Tweeple are OK if they don’t get a response/thank you for following them. If you don’t have 10-15 minutes a day to check out your new followers to see who they REALLY are, don’t bother being on Twitter.
Enough of the rant – here is the mission…..
On May 16th, I am going to stop following all the tweeple who have sent me an AutoDM. It will be a good spring cleaning of sorts. Clean out all the riff-raff who think they can gain market-share by making Twitter automated.
My plea to TweetLater…please stop offering this service, it really devalues the overall goodness of Twitter – please be an advocate to all that is wonderful about Twitter & stop offering this service.
Are you in? Take the poll & let me know!
I am going to keep this short (but not Twitter short) and sweet today of who I think you should add to your follow list on Twitter.
@RochelleDelong Yes, she is my boss here at Consilio…but she is just an amazing woman! She is creating a space for working moms to do it all & be damn good at it! Why can’t we have it all? Why can’t we be the mom that wipes noses one day & the next be consulting with CEO’s? Move over bacon, we just brought home dinner!
@BoiseHole This is run by one of my other favorite people @LGM1 (aka: Chris Blanchard), but this term & campaign started about 3 1/2 years ago by Tac Anderson & other crue’ members (of the now non-existing, in name only) BlueLine Marketing. There was a blog, stickers and some buzz…so-so-so-so-so sad that this is still a hole. I say make it a cute little native grass & plant park for all downtowners to enjoy year round.
@30RockNews Just because I think that Tina Fey is one of the funniest people out there! And someone told me I looked like her one time – so you know she is just a hot Mama! 😉
With Oprah (@Oprah) and Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) stiring up the Twitter Pot, there has been a lot of Tweeting the past 5 days about how Twitter will now change. Twitter is now “main stream”, “the media” and “corporate America” have FINALLY caught on about this Twitter thing. Us early adopters (or as a very smart fellow Twitter friend called us – “the cool kids”) must move on and find the next “thing”.
Remember, Twitter and social media in general is OPT IN! Phew! We don’t have to listen, pay attention, acknowledge, go around, delete, fast forward or act on anything we don’t want to. So let the spammers fall into the Twitter Cess pool and keep AutoDMing and AutoFollowing each other – they will all be rich in just minutes a day.
I am not moving on and neither should you. Stick around and keep your circle. You don’t HAVE to do ANYTHING! You can still hang out in your moms basement in your underwear and Tweet away, we will still love you.
I don’t get shocked easily & I am not a prude by any stretch of the word. I can swear like a sailor, scratch like a dog, but I look damn good in 3 inch heels and a smoking hot little black dress. But why do you feel the need to swear IN CAPS due to issues you are having w/technology…dude, it’s not like you are in a plane that is crashing!
But I just saw this Tweet come through by @ScotteVest who lives in our great state of Idaho, but is not representing it well as a business owner at the moment.
A few people have told me about this guy and what a hard worker he is. He does EVERYTHING on his own & doesn’t really like to hand things off. No worries, we are all controll freaks here and there – but now he needs help.
I wish him luck.
UPDATE 4/16/09: Scott’s comment is below, thank you. I also received 2 other comments from Scott fans, but only posted one – I was actually thinking they were employees, but it looks like they are just fans. I Want to post the Tweets that came through to get your .02…is he sorry? Was I off base? Is that really his handle?
The general consensious of the people writing the Twitter manuals on “how to” and “what is” appropriate in TwitterLand, might need to reconsider their follower/following number guidelines. Those guidelines currently recommend that you should have about an equal portion of follower to following or else you are considered a spammer (following more than are following you) or a celebrity (have more followers than following).
Corporations & brands that want to really be a part of the social media uprise, need to LISTEN & ENGAGE! But, not in a spammy way. Be there for us when we cry out & have a need. Be there for us when we are talking about certain subjects. Be there when we have a request or question about YOUR PRODUCT (or a competitors!-but be nice).
Because I have been on both the consumer side of Twitter & the represenative of a company listening for those cries, I give you my following examples:
Me as the Consumer: Tuesday of this week @digitalvision tweeted out the following:
digitalvision: Webex, you and your non-sharable proprietary formats give me headaches
I responded that it was valuable info since I am in the hunt for an efficient webinar service. We pinged back & forth a few times, and then-it happened. @ooVooMarty chimed in and @’d me the following.
He was either searching for key words and or competitors and found our conversation. He was not spammy, but very kind & gentle on suggesting that I check out oovoo.
My Results: THAT my friends,is how you engage. I pinged him back, said thank you for the OOVOO suggestion (which I have since checked out) and that I appreciated his engagement & am considering using! (cost to Co? 2 min of his time to find & tweet me…ROI? Much better than a click through rate!)
When/If the ball is in the COMPANIES court (or is it, when the Twal is in the companies Twort?)
Me as the Company: For three months I was the Social Media Sales & Marketing Specialist for @TSheets. I was all over Twitter searching for mentions, recommendations & critiques of @Tsheets. I also searched keywords such as “time tracking”, “time tracker”, “time card” etc. Since 60% of the current customer base was tech, it was a good place to look.
My results? Conversations with potential customers and engagement with those looking for help…in a NON-Spammy way of course. Our Twitter follower numbers never dropped because I was human & respected peoples time. I would read our customers blogs when they Tweeted them out and respond if I had something relevant to add (this is a WHOLE other blog on how a Social Media Marketer should engage in all platforms – stay tuned).
My Tip of The Day? Use Search & Learn how to use “operators” well. Don’t be spammy, be human, be helpful. And Consumers, it is ok to have a skewed number of followers, if the man a caring company is listening in TwitterLand, it is better for all of us as consumers in the end.
A local friend, GenY’r and Twitter newbie, Tweeted out the following this morning:
is so thankful for her wonderfully supportive friends and family.
She speaks Facebook.
If she were to speak in Twitter it would have sounded like this:
I am so thankful for my wonderful supportive friends and family.
There has been a flood of Twitter newbies (all WELCOME!) lately from Facebook & they speak in FB which starts a sentence by saying: “Joe Schmo is” instead of Twitter’s question: “what are you doing?”
I don’t know about you, but when I speak in 3rd person, I feel my DBQ # rise. Sort of like Jimmy on Sienfield.
For those of us that speak to ourselves a lot (yes, A LOT) my guess is that we don’t say “Jen is bouncing a basketball”, “Jen is schoolin’ George…ah, look at Jen snap the towel at George.” rather we would speak to ourselves as if writing in a journal. “George is such a loveable dork. I think he likes the whole towel snapping thing.” My advice? Just write in a journal that just happens to be public on a mass (or as mass as you want it) scale.
What language do you feel more comforatable speaking in? Is the learning curve shorter for the Facebook to Twitter crowd or vice versa?
Facebookers, welcome to this new medium, a new language & a new set of friends. We want you here, we know you have something more important to say to & something more important to pass along than snowballs.
WordPress FINALLY has a Twitter widget that you don’t have to re-code someone elses tool & give up your 2nd child to do!
Love you WordPress, but this should have happened at least a year ago and should not have been so combursome for us non-uber geeks…but, thank you! FYI: can you make it prettier? I bit 1.0 if you ask me…but I don’t want to look a gift bird in the mouth – again, thanks…but keep working on it. 😉
Thank you Rochelle DeLong for the inspiration for this post. Little Tid-bits here & there can make all the difference…IMHO that is. 🙂
Or should I say: “YourName” and not “yourname”
I think you get the drift. When picking out your Twitter handle, make it visualy stimulating to your brain…don’t make that poor little engine up above do any more work than it has to. Capitalize like you usually would any other name so that when people are searching for you, they don’t see a gobbledegook of info. Here is a quick funny from a forum of how web addresses should double check their capitalization wtih the same logic:
All of these are legitimate companies that didn’t spend quite enough
time considering how their online names might appear … and be misread.
These are not made up. Check them out yourself!1. “Who Represents” is where you can find the name of the agent that
represents any celebrity. Their Web site is http://www.whorepresents.com