Do I over think Twitter? Youbetcha!
And, I have a reason. I was sick of not being able to enjoy my timeline.
First off, I’m no Twitter guru – fewer than 400 followers does not make me an expert but I’ll bet I am more the norm than the big guys who have a gazillion followers.
You open an account and are ready to Tweet. First you realize you are Tweeting to no one because while you are following 201 accounts only your two best friends follow you. It seems easier to just text them, doesn’t it?
Next, folks start to follow you and you are so happy you follow them back. A new Tweeter does not realize that they may be following bots that will fill your timeline with Tweet-spam and drown out any chance you have of reading relevant and interesting Tweets.
If Twitter is about relationships then perhaps the term should be defined:
- A connection, association or involvement
A connection implies at least two things, same with association or involvement.
If you and I do not know each other and you follow me I have an obligation to determine if I want a connection, association or involvement with you. I ask folks who follow me and who are not from college athletics how they found me and why they followed me. I have had some very interesting answers and have enjoyed their exchange. Because of this obligation, I do not automatically follow everyone who follows me. You may seem interesting to me but Tweet so frequently each day, and worse, repeat the frequent Tweets that I may list you without following you.
Here is a pet peeve: if you follow me, I follow you back then you unfollow me. What’s that about? Remember that relationship thing? I liken it to a cold call in business. It would be like making a cold call to a blue chip prospect and leaving a message. When the prospect actually calls you back, you don’t answer and don’t return the call. That’s rude and very bad for the business relationship you had hoped to develop when you made the initial call.
I use care and reason when I follow someone that does not know me.
Sometimes I follow an entity like the NCAA. I am interested in what they have to say with no illusions they will follow me back.
Sometimes I follow a person who is in the media or an expert in things I am interested in, again with no illusions they will follow me back. I simply am interested in what they Tweet and enjoy reading their Tweets in my timeline.
Sometimes I follow someone who was recommended to me by a fellow follower. If I read and like their bio and a few pages of their Tweets I will follow them. If, eventually they do not follow me back I will unfollow them. My thought is, they made a reasoned decision not to follow me and if we don’t have a relationship and they are not interested in my contribution to Twitter then unfollowing is a good way to clean my timeline.
Unlike in The Godfather (perhaps the greatest movie of all time…just sayin’) when Michael says, “It’s not personal, it’s strictly business,” once you realize Twitter is personal, you will think more about relationships and make more reasoned decisions of who is in your timeline, too!
Life is good!