Twitter Feed Tells All

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I wrote a post a few weeks ago about being boring. Part truth, part joke conceived in a moment of weakness.

Thanks for the outpouring of love from the WordPress world to assuage my fears.

Sadly (and quickly) I find myself standing at the crossroads of uncertainty and hilarity again. Maybe I will gain some knowledge with this one.

I’ve finally taken the leap into twitter and I have to say I don’t get it; yet. My writer self knows I need to build a platform so maybe that’s part of my apprehension.

But what does my twitter account say about me?

  • Boring?
  • Conservative?
  • Publicly private?
  • Unavailable available?

If I had to wager a guess, my twitter account probably conveys “undecided” more than anything.

Don’t get me wrong I find it fun and challenging to make a compelling statement in 140 characters. Sometimes I can. Sometimes I can’t. I enjoy following close friends and seeing what they have to say throughout the day.

What I’ve realized is my interests are limited. There are very few things I am so vested in that I want to have it streaming to me at all times.

  • Stuff on writing? Sure.
  • Family and friend feeds? Absolutely.
  • Blog buddies? Yes.
  • Everything else? Undecided.

Like the beginning of my blogging life, I don’t know the etiquette; twitter-quette if you will. For example, I don’t believe in automatically clicking follow for someone who follows me. And, when I follow someone and there are too many tweets (about stuff I’m undecided on) in a short period of time it becomes white noise. So almost immediately I unfollow.

Plus it’s a place of promotion; self promotion which I am not good about doing. I’ve noticed people will tweet the link to their latest blog post multiple times. Not sure I’d be comfortable with that … It would be helpful if I only post once a week but still.

Then I agonize over the gaining and losing of followers (again due to writer platform) like I’m day-trader. I shouldn’t worry I know.

Social media is where it’s at … but I will have to have limits. My writer self has a blog and a twitter account. My personal self has a Facebook page. One of my selves will eventually need to be LinkedIn. That’s all I think I can do or handle.

For now, help me move through this latest intersection of concern. What’s your best twitter advice for a newbie like me?

Thanks in advance.

Gail @Undecided @twitterchallenged #confused #amlearning

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Comments

  1. ciao! great observations. it is overwhelming. handle just what you can.
    thebestdressup

  2. I’ve been using Twitter for a while but I still don’t understand it well either. I sometimes do some promoting, but I suck at that, and like you I don’t feel comfortable tweeting about my posts or my books all the time. I also don’t follow everyone who follows me, though I end up feeling bad. I just can’t handle too much content on my feed otherwise I get overwhelmed and give up completely. =[

    • Thanks Zen. Twitter can be an effective tool but self-promotion is hard. Sigh 😦 But hopefully I’ll get some helpful advice to help the Twitter challenged. I’d like to be able to leverage it but still have fun with it.

  3. Oh, girl! I feel ya. Thankfully my leaning towards football provides plenty of tweeting possibilities and random people to follow during the Fall. Outside of that, I use twitter to follow people that interest me or to simply follow my friends who tweet more than Facebook (like myself). The reasons I prefer Twitter:

    *It is much less offensive to follow / unfollow on Twitter than Facebook. A Facebook “unfriend” is akin to a slap in the face to some.
    *Because of the open-community of most Twitter participants, I can network into people I’d otherwise never know – bloggers, writers, and others will like interests.
    *If someone I typically like to follow is excessively tweeting, I mute for a period of time until I’m ready to listen to their rants or once the ranting has ceased, i.e. election season.
    *Personally, I feel more freedom in my tweets to post non-meaningful, daily posts. Facebook is reserved for family info, photo albums, and life updates for me. I’m sure my FB friends wouldn’t mind knowing what I’m having for dinner, but it just seems more tweet worthy and FB friendly. Who knows?
    *I can do twitter searches on topics of interest and save those search topics. For my non-fiction research, this has been very handy.

    Anyway, I’m a tweeter. I prefer it. I don’t have a lot of followers, but those I follow are those that I interact with most. I am also a non-promoter. It’s not my style. I think that I see so many people self-promote their products for sale that I don’t want to be THAT person. Know what I mean?

    Anyway…I like your tweets and look forward to the collective world of virtual posts & thoughts by you!

    TLC

    • Thanks TLC. This is helpful. My FB page is for family and friends too. Don’t want to annoy the ones who love me most.

      I like the idea that it can be meaningless to everyone but me. That gives me license.

      Never considered the fact that it could be a research source. Thanks for that tip.

      Helpful stuff. Glad you like my tweets.

  4. Ah, Twitter. What a fickle beast. I’ve been on Twitter since June and currently have 400 followers. I don’t know if that’s considered a lot, but I am happy with my growth thus far. In no means does this make me an expert, but I will share a few things I believe of importance.

    1) Don’t worry about your numbers. They will fluctuate constantly. There are spammers out there and people who are fishing for follows. If you don’t follow back, they will defollow. But, if you didn’t want to follow them b/c of this or that, who cares if they flee, right? Lastly, many use services and pay for followers to boost up their numbers. So, lots of followers doesn’t mean squat.
    2) As with blogging, use Twitter to cultivate relationships with others. Do you use lists yet? That has helped me separate my fellow bloggers from the pack. I have a special list that I check out every day. I reply, I favorite, and I RT my little heart out.
    3) I know we all know this one, but it takes time.
    4) Have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to post humorous life tidbits. Funny anecdotes merit attention.

    OK, I’ll stop rambling now. Hopefully that helps, Miss Gail!

  5. I am waiting to read your other commenters because I do not understand Twitter at all

  6. Phil Hanson says:

    Sorry, I don’t get Twitter either.

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