Twitter – A place where everyone can say how they feel about anything, as long as they can do so in 140 characters or less.
Over the last few weeks I decided to start expanding my reader base. I looked at my current blog readers and realized many of them found me through links on Twitter. This surprised me because at the time I did not have a large base of followers on Twitter. In fact I knew very little about Twitter at all. When I post a blog it goes live on every GeekyGorawyn outlet. Website, Tumblr, Facebook, Google +, and yes… Twitter.
In light of this information I thought expanding my followers on Twitter would be in my best interest. Knowing nothing about Twitter, of course I dived in head first. I followed everyone and everything relevant. Gaming, vaping, some of my favorite YouTubers, Developers (ones I have worked with and many I have not), Official Twitters and a few random Joes. Then BAM Twitter goes off the deep end and tells me I have an issue and cannot follow any more people till people actually start following me on Twitter.
I sat there kinda dumbfounded, “But Twitter, why did you cut me off? I like these people, things, games and that random dog who has a twitter account for some reason.”
Twitter said, “No… you have a follow addiction problem, you are cut off. Go create content.”
So… I did. I posted up a blog piece review on a game I enjoy and went to bed.
Next day… I wake up to 300 new people following me. I had no idea what to do with that. I was flabbergasted.
Now I am a southern gal, and where I am from you thank people when they do good by you. So I started the journey that first day to individually thank each person. Yea… I did that. Then I noticed on my now active feed things like #hashtags and #followback #Welcometweet and so on and so forth, and some of them were coming so fast I thought, “There is no way any person is sitting at a computer all day thanking every person by hand for every follow. Then I clicked a link for a program that does it all for you.
This handy dandy tool helped me to understand some basic etiquette on Twitter.
Apparently it is polite to #followback people.
Then I remembered that Twitter wouldn’t let me follow all these new people because of my previous bout of follow mania.
As I removed people and more were added to my followers I began following those wonderful folks who wanted to hear what I had to say back. Now I also came across a new phenomena, people unfollow you because you aren’t quick enough to follow them.
Over the course of this learning experience with Twitter, I have learned a few things.
1. Keep it real. No one cares or pays any real attention to tweets that are asking for followers or are just rude spouts of profanity. Tweet about the stuff you care about and take the time to actually type out some tweets, instead of relying on apps alone.
2. Get a good app to send out welcome tweets and messages directing to your place of interest. However don’t sound like a bot in your auto messages. (I am still working on this.)
3. Take the time to actually respond to DM’s. You might make a friend or three and gain some loyal followers instead of random people who will drop you at the first chance.
4. Follow your followers. If they are taking the time to follow you… they are more than likely into the same things as you.
5. RT things that are fun or interesting. There is a lot of “RT this and I will follow you.” or “RT this for followbacks.” I think this is uncool with the exception of accounts set up strictly for retweeting (Many of which don’t RT things like that). There is a big difference between RT me and I will follow you and “RT *insert funny quote* *business ad* *service provided* ect ect”. I know I personally wanna see RT’s that are interesting.
6. Trending topics are fun. Hashtagging them while talking about them is a way to get people on board. If a certain game is trending, I will hashtag it and give my thoughts on the game.
7. Respond to your followers tweets when they interest you. We aren’t supposed to be following each other so we can see who has the biggest follower number, we follow because we are interested in the quality content that others produce.
8. Subs on youtube…. asking for subs on youtube isn’t a bad thing. Don’t spam my inbox with requests to sub to your channel. I check them all out and will sub if I enjoy the channel, or if you have taken the time to actually talk to me.
Overall I think Twitter is a great communication tool. Sometimes I feel lost in the sheer enormity of it, but I like that I am meeting new people from all over the place and I value my followers. Stick with me and as soon as twitter say I can drink from the follow stream again, I will get all of my loyal readers on my follow list.