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Why Do You Get Dropped? January 26, 2009

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!”
YEA RIGHT
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  Broganhere…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.

Why do you drop people?

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How to Give a Twitter Referral January 13, 2009

Image by DBareFoot via Flickr

Image by DBareFoot via Flickr

Last night on my way to volleyball (yes, we won) I jotted down a new Twitter Blog topic of how to give and receive a referral via,what else – TWITTER!

It was inspired by @bradyjfrey asking: 

Can anyone recommend a freelance PHP developer or company with solid skills? I have mucho work I need a hand on, starting immediately

I retweetd this out to my network hoping to help a fellow Tweeter out:  

RT @bradyjfrey anyone recommend a freelance PHP developer or company with solid skills? I have mucho work I need a hand on, starting immedi

I received two referrals, via a DM from @LGMI & @DaveRedford recomending @brianjcohen & @NathanCook.  On my way to volleyball (again, yea-we won) I noticed that @bradyjfrey & @NathanCook had spoke, but @brianjcohen. had not been contacted yet.  I wanted to make sure that both recommendations were notified, but how could that be possible unless I was the middleman, the broker, the go-to gal, the TwitterPimp, if you will.

Is there protocol for something like this? Twitter is developing so fast with so many people trying to take advantage of the unbelievable networking, communication and relationship possibilities that when it comes to @TweetEtiquitte – what is protocol?  Here is my .02:

After my RT went out, @LGM1 & @DaveRedford would have sent an @ message to @bradyjfrey, something like this:

@bradyjfrey -@jenharris09 RT that you are looking for PHP dvlpr. Try @brianjcohen & @nathanCook – they rock!

What just happened here? This is a mini-version of Tac’s tagging he spoke about today, and not only were ALL parties notified of the referral but there was a potential of at least 8 new connections that could have been made w/o me.  Ahhh, geek love.  😉

So let’s do this from now on & make it protocol for a referral – because we all know that is the way to true success.

 

New Use For Twitter! October 29, 2008

Day 13 and still looking…but things are looking up!  I had a really good conversation with Matt Rissell yesterday and an email exchange with Steve Chazin from DimDim.com AND I found an almost empty bag of candy corn in my glove box this morning – there is hope!

I have been doing my due diligence when it comes to finding a job: sending out resumes, following up, checking ALL the right (and some WAY wrong) places online to find a job but I am hoping my extra effort in the Social Media sphere will leap frog me ahead of everyone else getting laid off in this valley.

Now let me start by saying, I love LinkedIn.  I have been an advocate for a few years and love the direction they are going (just downloaded new WordPress App).  But the “recommendations” just seem to be all the same.  “X is great.  X is a hard worker.  X knows how to bla bla bla”.  And what brilliant future employer has the precious time to read all those glowing remarks about me? 🙂

How about 140 characters?  My brilliant future employer would see that my peers say what needs to be said and are to the point.  A lot of my Twitter friends I have only been face to face with them once or twice, but we all run around in the same Twitter sphere & if I was a schmuck and a fraud, they would quit following me and or call me out.

I have asked my TwitSphere to tag their recommendations #jensSearch and I have 3 so far.  What is great is that these are people I would have never gone to for a “traditional” recommendation, so I am thrilled to have them as part of the process of finding THE job.  Thanks guys! 

BTW: Any fellow Twitterererrs are more than welcome to add to the list – but be geniune! If you think I am a schmuck, say so!  🙂

@JenHarris09If you didn’t know that the words Google, MySpace, and Blog are verbs, you need to hire Jen Harris. Today. #jensSearch

Jen helped me with a client’s need to market a large commercial project. Her advice, focus, guidance, & follow-up was superb. #jensSearch

#jenssearch I can’t recommend Jen enough. She’s a go-getter and knowledgeable in social media and skilled in project management.