I write a lot about Twitter….as do a bazillion other people, but I had an Epiphany yesterday a while back that I haven’t seen anywhere yet…so please let me know if you think I am way off base or right on.
The Twitter Cess Pool
If you have an Auto DM set up to automatically follow anyone that follows you, have you ever thought of how many people are doing the same thing to you?
My guess is that you also just “push” info and don’t engage much, which means you probably don’t search for listen to people wanting & needing your help either. Wow, can you say “missed opportunity”?
So, if you are guilty of any of this…either keep doing what you are doing & you will soon quit (C-Ya!) because you don’t “get it” and are not seeing any results from being on this Twitter thing….
you will change your ways by getting a social media strategy, engage with people & listen to the public…aka: your current & future customers.
Good luck…and get in the pool with the cool kids, there is plenty of room!
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!
As much as we are all addicted to this little Twitter friend of ours, there are some that are just abusing it.
Why do you get dropped?
I love getting my TweetLess Tweet every week telling me that soANDso has stopped following me & soANDso has started. Nine times out of ten, the people who drop me with-in the first week of them stalking following me are those just looking for a quick buck. Now, why on earth would these spammers (ok, lets just call a spade a spade here) drop me? They have an agenda that goes something like this (IMHO):
They “found” me & followed the Twitter rules by adding X amount of Tweeple a day.
They added me in the hopes that I would take their Auto DM bait of: “hey, thanks for the follow! Be sure to check out this widget that I am pimping to you…my-new-best-Twitter-Friend!”
I check them out, via their profile & find out they are selling the latest & greatest widget. This widget can be (and unfortunately is) someones attempt to chat to the masses via Twitter because someone told them to do so w/out fully understanding what a conversational dialog is vs. shoving your product down your throat is. (There is a better analogy of this by Chris Brogan – here…and I love saying it to people just to see the look on their face! Yea, it’s that good).
Result: I don’t follow them & I get dropped w/in the week. Ahhhh, schucks.
Good ridden I say! If you don’t see the value in creating dialog with me (and most others on Twitter) instead of spamming me, then the age old saying of survival of the fittest will flourish. Twitter is the ultimate OPT IN experiment. If people don’t find value in your content, YOU WILL BE DROPPED and your ratio of who follows you will be way less than the number of people you follow. This should be a huge clue that you should fire who ever told you to get on Twitter.