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The Long And Short Of Twitter

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009
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I thought about it and realized that one can’t really create a series on Twitter because it just keeps coming up over and over. There are things we like about it and things we don’t.

It seems that I have mentioned Twitter in 87 posts overall, 88 if I count this one. Out of all my posts, 19 are specific to Twitter, with only two of those not having Twitter in the title. I could probably just post all the links throughout this post and hit every gripe and positive thing I’d ever want to say about Twitter. Well, almost, since I don’t think I’ve griped about the latest thing. Let’s see what I’ve addressed so far; I might not mention all of my previous posts here.

Probably the post that should start everything is How Do You Twitter, as it not only talks about what Twitter is, but there are a few videos there, including a couple that Sire absolutely loved. lol

After that, things have gone all over the place. Here are some topics I’ve addressed here:

Why I Don’t Want To Follow Some Twitter Folks

Why Are We Attracted To Twitter

Are You Twitter Selfish?

10 Things Not To Do On Twitter

Grabbing For More Twitter Followers

It seems that as much I might like Twitter, there are habits that just irk the heck out of me. One of those are all those posts that talk about getting lots of Twitter followers. It’s amazing how some people have grown to have tens of thousands of visitors without saying anything of importance. They don’t talk to anyone and they don’t link to anything interesting, only selling stuff consistently and retweeting what others say. No balance, but they have all these followers, and are following lots of people themselves.

Something else I don’t like are the automated direct messages post. Now, I can tolerate the ones that welcome you. I don’t like the ones that try to sell me anything, or even have a “free gift” for me. I immediately drop anyone who does that, no questions asked.

And now there’s something new. I always thought people you weren’t following, who weren’t following you, couldn’t contact you directly. Well, it seems they can, and a lot of it is not only spam, but porn spam. I mean, what’s the real point of something like that anyway? If it was more like spyware or a virus that was trying to steal a password, it might make more sense, even though it would still be bad. Do these people really think they’re putting something over on us?

Of course, there’s also lots of Twitter information that people can glean, as well as lots of Twitter stuff you can use and do. For instance, I use Tweetdeck which not only gives me lots of options for tracking how people contact me, but protects me from viruses and a lot of stupid changes Twitter makes from time to time. There’s this thing called Twitter Grader which tells you how wel you’re doing on Twitter overall.

If you want to find out how irritating you are to other people, there’s always Follow Cost. And the best thing to check out from time to time, if you’re doing a lot of stuff on Twitter, is Friend Or Follow, which will tell you who you’re following that’s not following you, who has you on their friend’s list, and who you’re not following that’s following you.

Like I said, I don’t think that really qualifies as a series, but I’ve certainly written enough times about it to come close to qualifying, that’s for sure. I don’t know what else there is to talk about Twitter at this point, but I’m sure there will be more gripes about it and more things to applaud about it. One thing I’m not sure I’ve mentioned is that I’ve been to something called a TweetUp, and met some of the people in person that I’ve talked to on Twitter. That’s actually a lot of fun, and something that anyone who’s on Twitter should experience at least once in their lives. So, what’s your thoughts about Twitter overall?
 

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I like twitter but I do find that it can be information overload at times! Also the choice of different platforms to use twitter on can be confusing. But right now I prefer Twitter to FB as its much quicker.
.-= Jane @ MobilePhoneFreeLaptop┬┤s last blog ..Mobile Phone Free Laptop =-.

Mitch Reply:

Hi Jane,

The thing about using a 3rd party platform, ala TweetDeck, is you get to categorize people you definitely want to follow, as well as subjects you definitely want to follow, and separate them from the entire stream at large. I couldn’t possibly easily follow more than 1,300 people, but I can follow the 20 to 25 people I’ve specifically selected to follow.

December 29th, 2009 | 4:35 PM

I also use tweetdeck mitch but people are telling me to switch to seesmic, I don’t know why it’s just the same twitter :)

Thanks for this “10 Things Not To Do On Twitter”
.-= Jp Manching @ Beginners Blogging Guide┬┤s last blog ..The Beginners First PageRank =-.

Mitch Reply:

Everyone has their favorite platforms, JP, but if you like yours, then you’re good.

January 1st, 2010 | 7:16 AM

I started twitter a few months ago, since then I’ve begun to love it. When I started I hated Twitter it’s allowed me to network with people in my industry alot easier. News and updates happen in right away which makes for a great social communication app.

Mitch Reply:

I’m glad you like it, Evelynn. It can be fun and it can be irritating, and I’m glad you’re seeing the fun part of it.

January 26th, 2010 | 2:24 PM