To follow up on my last post about Twitter.com, I thought it would be fun to share a Q&A that I started on Twitter about a month ago. What you'll find here are 40 really great tips... all in 140 characters or less of course. 😉
This time you're getting tips straight from the trenches. Real answers from real people about what they like and dislike about twitter, and the people who tweet there...
Q: What makes you follow someone on Twitter?
- @casthompson: two words - subject matter.
- @Mgkchild: Their experiences and what I can learn from them.
- @KayBallard: Excellent question. I am fairly new to twitter. I think it takes a while to learn who to follow. For me, it will change over time
- @charleslau: I follow because I want to see what in the world this person is doing, and also to update me on his web stuff...
- @cassiegermsheid: Cuz they're interesting, controversial, funny, smart or I like the links they offer (as long as they're provided with good content)
- @charlestonpchlp: if they offer information for having an online business, or other interesting info. big plus if they live in the area
- @RoyMontero: When they point me to resources, resources, resources that resonate with me!
- @christinalemmey: I follow biz contacts, well known names or people who add to conversations
- @jonathanbentz: i follow ppl if i have an interest in what they say. if a persons blog can keep my interest and they have twitter, i follow.
- @aomoon: when that person is authenticate, true to himself/herself
- @Mgkchild: I agree with getting to know them. There's some with experience I'm looking for, but would not want to assoc. with.
- @SharonMcP: If I see active participation on someone's Twitter page I'll follow, even if their biz is not related to mine. That's networking.
- @StacieBennett: Usually it is because it is someone I like and like to hear what they have to say (you!) and to network and learn new things
- @lindastacy: I follow people I know and trust, who offer great tips, to build relationships, and to hear about recommended or new resources.
- @lynntay: I follow either if they have fun/interesting tweets or they have informative/business related posts, or I like the person in gen.
- @KurtScholle: I follow the twitterati for getting to know stuff (re: your excellent work), news flashes and ideas that are expressed.
- @lynntay: I also follow most people who follow me... unless it's obvious they don't tweet.
- @lisastoops: - I follow those I think I can learn something from.
- @danreinhold: Hmmm...Familiar names & those on more than one trusted account. Still getting the hang of it all.
@LynnTerry: Great responses! I'll answer too: I follow for new contacts, to build relationships, to hear news & find resources, or because I LIKE them.
Q: What makes you UN-follow someone on Twitter?
- @jenngivler: updates every 5 seconds about every tiny thing they do... I like to get to know someone, but it CAN go too far LOL!
- @SharonMcP: No active participation or if all the person tweets are links to buy= unfollow.
- @lindastacy: I don't follow strangers who have no info on their profile and I stop following over-tweaters (too much about nothing)
- @davenavarro: unfollow reason = never responds to messages.
- @jonathanbentz: i unfollow if some1 is at an extreme - either very inactive or VERY spammy with their tweets
- @Tsoniki: Unfollow if I follow for a specific reason and find they don't project that on twitter (may still read blog, visit website, etc.)
- @StacieBennett: A lot of foul language! or vulgar stuff. Have 13 year old that likes to look over my shoulder some, she doesn't need to see that!
- @lynntay: unfollow = annoying self inflated attitude - constant selling, self promoting, bragging.
- @latarahamying: I follow when they are a fit for my business or personal Twitter and i unfollow when they are spammers or they twitter seldom
- @steveinidaho: I unfollow when any one person seems to dominate my Twirl window and doesn't seem to be saying anything useful or interesing...
- @mfartr: Promoting affiliate products, excessive drivel, excessive self promotion
- @cassiegermsheid: I don't mind ppl posting ONE aff link but posting it multiple times makes me unfollow. Also, ppl who only post links every tweet.
- @steveinidaho: idk, truthfully. I unfollowed one who seemed interesting at first, but just kept sending "fluff" tweets - "thx, John", etc.
- @FaireNews: excessive use of chattalk and smilies will make me unfollow. There are a gazillion words out there, use them.
Q: How do you define Twitter Spam? What separates an update from a spam-tweet?
- @zemote: spam tweets are when people follow thousands and have very few followers and only post links. It is very pointless if they have very few followers, but for some reason they do still do it.
- @zemote: non-spam tweets a user is involved in the conversation, but only occasionally does self-promotion
- @latarahamying: tweet spam is when someone says "take a look at my pics" or when they tell you "hey you can make so and so $$ today"
- @StacieBennett: Not sure on definition, but to me when EVERY tweet is 'new blog post' or 'check out my blog' etc. Talk about something else, lol
- @mfartr: I think it's a volume issue not a content issue. If all sum1 does is send updates bout self it's spam, mix it up, contribute. and promoting affiliate products is definitely spam
- @singlewahm: You were asking what constitutes Twitter spam. Here's a good example. http://twitter.com/askmichaelcurry
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So there you have it! If you want to build a solid following at Twitter, you should "tweet" a good mix of: conversation, news, reviews, feedback, tips, relevant information, resources and ideas.
And of course I should mention the cautions: dont be too self-promotional, boring, arrogant, ignore people or have one-sided conversations.
Of course, its not about building the largest following you can. Its about attracting the type of people you want to communicate with. Twitter provides a great platform for building relationships with influencers in your industry, and your target market, all in one convenient place.
Know your objective. Know who you want to meet, and who you want to meet you. Know how you want to be known, and what you want to be known for. And keep at least 90% of your tweets working in that direction 😉
p.s. If you missed the original post, see Twitter: Are you IN or OUT? I shared some of my own personal tips for using Twitter for networking & exposure. I also shared some specific ways to use Twitter for your business model. Check it out! Also see: 5 Ways to Build Your Following at Twitter