Who I Follow on Twitter
Twitter's hot, and I love it. I actually keep four accounts on Twitter because different things interest different people.
|My aswas account is mostly for As Was business... eBay and eCommerce commentary, updates on blog posts, updates on webinars and events, and some fun or personal things. Despite this being my business account, people seem to love photos of my dog doing hysterical things. :) This account usually details my road trips and travels.|
|My rocketplace account is mostly for RocketPlace stuff... which would mostly be updates to http://community.rocketplace.com as well as info about webinars and events we'll be holding.|
|My yourppl account is mostly about the music business. Music business headlines and commentary. Updates on things I might be doing in the music business. Hey, I have to have SOME fun outside of my eBay adventures! :)|
|My dlev account is going to be mostly personal, and is a protected account. On Twitter, that means I have to approve you to be able to follow me, and my updates won't show up in public timelines. Like most people use Facebook, this is going to be an account nearly exclusively for trusted pals. Please don't take it personally if you're not approved. Personal is personal! :)|
So those are my accounts. Maybe more to come in the future. :) But who do I follow and why? Well firstly, I take following seriously. I'm only following about half the people who follow me. That's not as a rule. When someone follows me, I read their bio, and the last 2 pages of their tweets. I'm very active on Twitter, which means I read absolutely everything that my friends post, including @ that I get from people I'm not following. I reply to everybody. The more people I follow, the harder this will be to keep up. How do I pick who I'm following?
Here is what I'm looking for...
- If you have a LOT of @ posts, it makes me think you are mostly in semi-private conversations with people I don't know. Due to how Twitter works, I won't see the other part of that conversation, just your replies. So it might be disjointed, and may not be the most fun to read. It's like sitting NEAR you on a train, and overhearing your half of a cell phone call. :)
- If you hate things I like, or are way more negative about something I'm generally positive about, I'm less likely to follow you. I am all for people having their own opinions, but being a positive person, I may not want to fill my day with commentary from someone who is angry or negative, even if that anger or negativity is totally understandable. I tend to feel like there's enough anger and negativity in the world without inviting MORE of it into my day. :(
- it your tweets rave on and on about someone in my business circles who I have unfortunately completely lost respect for, I am unlikely to follow you. Chances are that I know something about that person you don't, so you still love this person, and I think this person is a sham, scammer, or who-knows-what. So I may not want to include hearing more about this person in my day.
- If you are using Twitter as your daily sales machine, I am unlikely to follow you. So if you use Twibler or any tool to push frequent "this is what I have for sale online!" notices to your Twitter, count me out. If you have something REALLY amazing that you've put online, I don't mind you mentioning that. But if you know Twitter, then you know what I mean, and I'm unlikely to follow those people.
- If your Twitter account is mostly personal, and I don't know you, I may not follow you since I don't have a lot of frame of reference for your daughter's dance class or the concert you're going to see tomorrow. I don't know you! :)
- I'm currently not keeping my enemies closer. :) If we've had a falling out, you might still be following me, but I'm probably not going to want to see your name and face all day long.
That's how I work Twitter. It's business, and it's social. But I'm picky, and you shouldn't take it personally if I am not following you. I don't say YES to everybody who adds me on Facebook. Some people say that you should say yes to those people and follow every Twitter person who follows you so you can build that social network... and then market to those people. I don't think you want me using you like that, do you? I'd rather build a network of people who genuinely like me or are genuinely interested in what I have to say (or both) because no marketing is better than genuine like and respect. :)