I don't understand twitter

by Ben Roy 11 replies
Let me first say that I thought I understood twitter. I've had an account for well over a year, and for quite a while I updated it on a regular-ish basis - pretty much in line with what I believe the original intent was. I talked about where I was, what I was doing, etc. I had just a couple people that were actually paying attention, but I was doing it more as an exercise than anything else. In any case, I rarely posted anything that would be of interest to a non-friendorfamily type.

I stopped updating it many, many months ago. Since then, I've had an enormous number of people follow me. I don't know any of them, I'm not active on twitter, and there would be no reason for them to follow me. What gives?
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  • Profile picture of the author imvideos
    May well be a number of twitter friend adders that are out now, just like the myspace friend adder bots that are around. It may well have something to do with new marketers coming onto twitter that can search for people with same interest (by keywords that you have used) or it could be that people genuinely like you?

    Stevie
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Roy
      Originally Posted by imvideos View Post

      May well be a number of twitter friend adders that are out now, just like the myspace friend adder bots that are around. It may well have something to do with new marketers coming onto twitter that can search for people with same interest (by keywords that you have used) or it could be that people genuinely like you?

      Stevie
      Maybe I'm just not plugged into the mindset enough or something. I would basically never follow a random person. And since they are just adding me, it's not like I'm seeing their updates. So it doesn't seem like a great way to market anything either. They can publish all day and I'll never see a thing.
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      • Profile picture of the author imvideos
        Its in the hope that you will follow them back i guess, if you look at it from the point of view that if you put up a squeeze page and dont tell anyone about it, your not going to have anyone to market too.

        Stevie
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  • Profile picture of the author danaprince
    People often follow me because of seeing my tweets in the public timeline. They might do so because something I say interests them and / or maybe they see my bio and decide I might be a good person to connect with. Or, they just want to build up their follower list.

    The same goes for when I participate in conversations and people reply to me directly with the @ in front of my username. It piques others' curiosity about what I said that prompted the reply from the person they're following. If your bio is interesting and you seem to have a lot of followers, people are more likely to want to follow you. If you have a greater number of followers than # you're following, you also appear to be follow-worthy.

    Twitter is a strange animal but rather addictive. The more people you follow, the more interesting it gets.

    I've also talked about something random and had people in that niche try to follow me. I also know that a lot of Twitter spam is creeping up. If you're interesting on Twitter, Plurk and other micro blogging sites, people will visit URLS you put in as updates or new releases. They'll also do diggs, stumbles, etc. for you. It can be very useful and not a total time sucker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fender85
    It's generally purely for promotional purposes. Like you come to their Twitter profile and then they have a Tweet for whatever and an out-going link and hope that you click it. Also, a strong percentage of people that you follow will follow you back.
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  • Profile picture of the author natalie1
    Thanks for the quick tips about Twitter. I've been receiving emails from the gurus about twitter and that you just have to have it, and now it makes more sense. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I don't follow that many people and that's probably why not many follow me. I take a long view on this kind of thing. I prefer quality over quantity, although I understand the quantity advantages with Twitter. I have learned some cool and valuable things in my time on Twitter from the people I follow. It's a nice little break a few times during the day. Nothing more, really. I don't really track how many click my links, but I'm sure I'm getting a small amount of additional traffic to my sites from there.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author SimonRiver
    I don't quite get twitter as well. It's very popular though and I think it's a GREAT marketing tool.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Originally Posted by SimonRiver View Post

      I don't quite get twitter as well. It's very popular though and I think it's a GREAT marketing tool.
      Actually, it's not really a marketing tool, but used properly it sure can be. You have to remember that Twitter is all about communication.
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      • Profile picture of the author angela99
        I love Twitter, and use it mainly to keep up things which interest me.

        I've found it very useful when I'm learning to do something new; I can tweet about a problem and get almost-instant answers.

        The main quibble I have is the clutter and noise. If you follow too many people, you can't keep up with it all. I wish Twitter would create groups. :-)
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        • Profile picture of the author Kerry Finch
          I agree Angela, Groups on Twitter would help clear the clutter - as long as the groups don't become too insular. Getting those fresh viewpoints keeps it interesting.

          Kerry

          Originally Posted by angela99 View Post

          I love Twitter, and use it mainly to keep up things which interest me.

          I've found it very useful when I'm learning to do something new; I can tweet about a problem and get almost-instant answers.

          The main quibble I have is the clutter and noise. If you follow too many people, you can't keep up with it all. I wish Twitter would create groups. :-)
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