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If You Tweet It Will They Come?
I think I could be considered a social media person because I feel as though I have something entertaining to say about everything, I’m social and I like media. That’s why I started my blog in 2006, joined HubPages, began video blogging in 2008, have a Facebook page and now I’ve joined the tweetdom. Yet, I have to admit that while none of the other mediums have me perplexed, I can’t seem to get my head around what to do when it comes to tweeting and the less than twenty followers I have. Could it be that twitter is simply for stalker fans to chase after their celebrity crush? Maybe our lot in life as common folk is to be followers instead of tweeters? But no, I simply won’t believe it. Still I have to wonder, if you tweet it will they come?
When it comes to tweeting there is another language that you need to learn and I’ll admit that I probably sound like the guy roaming about in France for the first time with an English to French translation book that was published in 1945. I’m sure I’m getting about every third tweet right. Still I’m undeterred and still convinced that even in my broken tweetlish (a cross between tweeting and English) I’m still doing my best to immerse myself in this whole thing so that I might become more fluent or at the very least just figure out what the hell I’m doing a little bit more.
When I first joined twitter I was delighted to see that my first tweet “I would like to bring back the word pithy but with my lisp I’m afraid people will think I mean pissy” got some reaction and a few followers signed up right away. I had no idea that there was spam out in the world of twitter so while the first few followers seemed to be gay porn and a luggage for less sort of site, I embraced them as simply the first round of followers to catch onto my brilliance and just enjoyed what I was sure was going to be just the start of my setting the twitter world on fire. But as I tweeted I found that there were only a few more who signed on to see what I had to say.
The next thought was that I needed to follow more people in hopes that they would return the favor and follow me. Add two more followers to my list. Next I tried tweeting things that were the current “trend” again the cheese (me being the cheese in this scenario) stood alone. Then I began tweeting about twitter celebs hoping they would pick up my tweeting about them. Hello? Is anyone there? The cheese was still standing alone and frankly starting to smell a bit and not in a good way.
So I admit that I’m still a novice at this whole enterprise yet I still feel as though I should have tons more followers and I’m starting to run out of ideas. Enter a woman I met recently through a friend who actually has her Masters in Social Media. (Who knew they even had this, right?) I hung on her every word and yet (because of the setting we were in and the fact that she is a VP of Marketing) her advice seemed to be more for the Anderson Cooper echelon of tweeter, not me. What I did glean from her was that you should tweet about things that are happening as they’re happening. You should make it personal not always pushing a product or your latest blog/hub entry. Pics, video and other media are good to tweet. And that it matters more about what you are tweeting than the frequency of your tweets. So I set upon the course that the woman with the Masters set me upon.
Have I seen my followers multiply? Not yet but where there is tweeting there is hope. So if you have a twitter account and you know the mysteries of finding more followers please share it here in the comments section or if you simply want to follow someone who thinks he has something to say that you’d be interested in, than by all means, pull up a computer, phone or anything else and follow me on twitter. You never know, you just might be getting in on the ground floor of something that could turn out to be simply amazing or at the very least, pithy!