Twitter – Follower of 10

There is a new Twitter movement out there, it’s called “Follower of 10

It simply means reducing the people you follow on Twitter to 10 people.

The point is to increase the signal, decrease the noise.

It’s not for everyone, everyone has their own social media strategy.

I’m taking up this challenge, it’s difficult as I get the feeling I’m missing out or am unable to influence a useful connection. But, there are so many more efficient ways to stay connected. Also, if you are worried that someone will de-follow you simply because you de-follow them, then their follow is probably worth less than you think.

This is not a hippy dippy movement to keep things real and fruity, rather it’s a time management thing.

Increase the signal, decrease the noise.

How to ask for a Retweet

I get asked a lot to retweet. Most of the time I don’t do them as it’s off topic to the market I target on twitter. When it is on target and the content is great I have no problem with retweeting.

The problem is, people don’t ask the right way.

This is the wrong way.
Dude, can you retweet this, http://twitter.com/lyndoman/status/4521290066

This is the right way.
Dude, can you retweet this. “RT @lyndoman: The great thing about how a child thinks, is that it doesn’t know what can’t be done, so just does it.”

Do you see the difference.

The difference is TIME.

You are not wasting the persons time, as all they have to do is cut and paste.

But, you may think you are a hot-shot-seo-rockstar who thinks people should be grateful that you even would ask them to do something. I don’t know. What I do know is that if you ask people a favour you don’t have to go round the houses to give it to them.

And another thing whilst I’m here, pointing people to a bit of content and asking for a RT is a pain in the arse, and it’s not a Retweet, it’s a tweet. Pedantic? Yes.

In the future, anyone who asks you to RT and gets it wrong, send them to this page and let me have a word with them.

Twitter Killzone leaves 2,000 casualties

I look at the people I was following last week on twitter and thought, “what’s the point”.

It’s a useful question to ask regularly in this ever changing online World. A few months ago it made sense to follow lots of people, becoming a human vacuum cleaner of peoples thoughts. The problem is with that, if you have too many you tend to pick up all kinds of stuff.

So I rolled up my sleeves and manually defollowed about 2,000. I didn’t want to trust a script and wanted to get a real look at who I was following. I don’t think I knew any of those 2k, some straight away defollowed me back which made me think, “why were you following me in the first place?” I follow people who don’t follow me back as I value what they have to say.

I also Anglicised my feed, it’s not that I have been infected with a strain of jingoism, but my online business is mostly aimed at habitants of these ancient Isles.

Anyone who was a “social enthusiast” in somewhere like Topeka who mostly talked about the sexual habits of their cat got dropped. But the UK versions did not. Anyone who claimed to be an expert in their bio got dropped or guru or MLM etc.

Also, I used to rely on Tweetdeck, but then I realised I was missing all what was in my raw feed and there was good stuff. Looking at the raw feed now I don’t really need Tweetdeck to organise groups.

And what happens when Twitter gets bought out and they turn off the api.

Or do you think that could never happen?

Have that in writing do you?

There was a case for having thousands of people following you on twitter which was easy to get, you just followed people you knew would follow back then delete the ones who don’t. Only it’s so easy that it has lost it’s value.

What is of high value now is the ratio of people you follow to who follows you. Plus the quality of the people you follow, you really can learn some stuff from people.

It’s never going to be perfect, but I have made using Twitter a lot more interesting than it was.

So if I follow you now, I really mean it. And if you have the hump because I no longer follow you, it’s not personal, mostly.

If you are worthy find a way to contact me and let me know.

You can defollow me here http://twitter.com/lyndoman

How Chrysula Can Crush the Competition on Twitter

My old Pal Chrysula ask me how to get ahead in Twitter.

A while back she asked me about twitter, I sent off a long reply which never got to her. I of course forgot to send another. I just noticed she is on Twitter with only 34 followers, at least that was what she had before I shouted her out to my feed.

Instead of sending her another email, I’m going to blog the advice. I don’t have a twitter ebook or product to sell, although I do offer a consultation and training service. [Read more...]