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What Makes Twitter Interesting

Posted by on Oct 19, 2008

Twitter is definitely an interesting place to participate in. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are really three types of people who participate on Twitter. One type is the person who just wants to talk, and talk, and talk, and they share everything from what they’re eating to what they’re thinking at that moment to a lot of other frivolous things. The second type is someone who’s constantly marketing because they’re trying to either make money or gain influence. The final type is someone who wants to try to do both, and tries to find a balance between both ends, whether they get there or not.

Right now I have close to the same number of people following me on Twitter as I’m following, around 250. I really don’t know why most people follow me, to tell you the truth. I do have some friends following me, and I know why they’re following me. There are a few people who are interested in my healthcare background, though I’ve yet to say much about it on Twitter. There are some who may want to follow my progress as I try to make it as an internet marketer. I’d love it if someone was following me because of my management and leadership experience, but I’m betting that’s being missed (as I’ve yet to have anyone sign up for any of my newsletters because they’ve seen me on Twitter, or even on this blog).

I know why I set up to follow some people, though, and why sometimes I end up dropping them. I follow friends whenever I find them. I follow anyone who seems to be trying to do internet marketing. I follow anyone who’s following me and, after checking them out, looks like they’d be interesting to follow based on previous comments. I follow some prominent people, and have actually had the opportunity to talk to some of them; what a rush that sort of thing can be.

But I’ve dropped some people who have gotten on my nerves. If someone uses a lot of bad language I usually drop them, mainly because it shows they don’t have the capacity for using proper words to get their points across. I’m not a prude, but I don’t want to see filth every other word. I drop people who just write way too many posts. That may seem odd to some because every once in awhile I’ve seen where I have 5 or 6 posts in a row, but that’s because I’m not checking Twitter every couple of minutes, so when I do check sometimes I’m going to go through 100 to 200 messages, and if someone wrote me or there’s something good to comment on, I’ll do that as well as spend some time making a comment on whatever hits my fancy. But one woman who’s considered an internet maven would post upwards of 30 posts in a row and not say anything; that kind of thing drives me nuts. I’ve also dropped some people who seem mean and overly political or religious; I don’t need that in my life either.

I’ve noticed that, every once in awhile, some people make comments against someone else that irks them to some degree. A few weeks ago someone I follow griped to someone else I follow that they’re always selling, and it irritated her. In my opinion, it would be better to just drop that person quietly, since Twitter doesn’t tell people when you drop them, than start a public spat; luckily, the guy she sent the message to never responded. By the way, him I follow because most of the things this particular guy writes are things I’m interested in. As someone who wants to get better at internet marketing, whether it’s this blog of marketing overall, I like seeing how other people market their products; at long as I’m not getting bombarded by email, that is.

How much do I care about Twitter and the like? It seems that I’ve mentioned it on 21 different blog posts, including this one, all the way from when I was griping about it, to wondering about it and whether it would survive, to talking about Twitter Grader (of which I’m presently sitting at 81; I’ll get to 100 one of these days), to showing a video with an attractive young lady talking about some Twitter tools, to now marketing a pretty good product.

This lets everyone know that I’m in it for the long haul, as far as I can see. Sure, I have my own standards for how I’ll use it and view it and deal with it, and I hope everyone else does also, as well as has some fun and learns something. And, once again, if you ever want to follow me, click here.

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I am using twitter to make new friends, to meet people who holds same interest as me and to promote my website.

P.M: I am following you now :-). My twitter profile

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October 19th, 2008 | 10:26 AM

Thanks Salwa; I’m following you also. We’re of the same thoughts here.

October 19th, 2008 | 11:17 AM
Blog for Beginners:

I don’t twit a lot and certainly not the power user. The only time I use it to my advantage is when I need to broadcast my new post to my followers. Occasionally, I join in the conversation that catches my attention..


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October 19th, 2008 | 11:09 AM

Hi Yan. First, I found you on Twitter, so I’m now following you there. Second, that’s where the product I mentioned comes in handy, because it’s automated that part of the process so I don’t have to do anything except write, and it goes to Twitter for me.

October 19th, 2008 | 11:18 AM
Blog for Beginners:

I did automate the process too but I couldn’t exactly remember the tool I use. Anyway, thanks for following me..


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October 19th, 2008 | 11:25 AM
John Dilbeck:

I always enjoy seeing one of your tweets pop up my screen, Mitch.

As you say, I’m not sure why people follow me, or even why I follow some of the people I do, but I enjoy Twitter more than it annoys me.

When someone posts too many frivolous comments or spams me with ads all the time, I do as you suggest, just quietly drop them and move on. No muss, no fuss.

Over time, as I refine the people I follow, I’m finding that Twitter gets both more interesting and more useful.

When I’m online and have Twitteriffic running, I sometimes see a blog post or a new Squidoo lens within moments of their being published. This is very useful to me.

I also find links to news and other interesting sites that I probably never would have seen, otherwise.

Sometimes it’s business, other times it’s fun, and now and then it’s just a simple way to connect with someone I like. That’s what I’m experiencing with Twitter.

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October 19th, 2008 | 4:37 PM

That’s good stuff, John, and I’m glad my tweets intrigue you also. Just now, I’m having problems with my computer, and someone who follows me gave me an idea that, I hope, is going to help me recover some data. Now that’s the real power of Twitter.

October 19th, 2008 | 11:23 PM

I don’t know if I remember the post, but I will once I finish writing this. Good thing for you I haven’t done what I told myself I was going to do, that being go in and remove people I’m following who haven’t written in a long while. 🙂

October 19th, 2008 | 11:25 PM

Many people just subscribe willy-nilly, whereas others will add anyone who adds them first. I don’t expect to ever be one of those people following thousands of others, but if thousands of people follow me, not only will I feel honored, but it’ll give me the opportunity to look through and decide who might be interesting enough to also follow.

October 20th, 2008 | 12:46 PM

Actually, that’s an arbitrary limit against people who are just adding people without thought. I’ve seen quite a few people with literally thousands of people following them, and others following thousands. But this guy who calls himself the Lazy Slacker learned this week that adding 2,000 in one week gets you stopped for awhile.

October 20th, 2008 | 10:10 PM


I think you make some good points about whom to follow and why and how people use twitter.

I like how you explain the different ways people use twitter. I guess I fall into the camp of using it to market my blog, but I also like to twitter my random thoughts so I come across as a person, not a computer feed. (I also find twitter very fun in a way I can’t really explain.)

October 21st, 2008 | 12:22 PM

There are a lot of funny and smart people on Twitter, and it’s the instant access to engage people that probably gets us both. And, after the help someone gave me for my computer two days ago, I’ve also realized that someone will always have an answer for you if you need it.

October 21st, 2008 | 12:44 PM

i’m new to twitter and i use it to chat mostly. sometimes to say what i’m doing. to ask a question or throw up a V8 moment. I don’t want everyone following me and I don’t want to follow everybody. I hardly ever tweet my blog’s mroe of a shout out and a way to stay connected w/ a lot of people without cluttering up my inbox full of emails. run on sentence.

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October 21st, 2008 | 12:29 PM

I started out very slowly and wasn’t sure how I was going to use Twitter; heck, I didn’t even want to sign up. But it’s turned out to be one of the smarter things I’ve done. And, after tweeting my blog, I started getting more visitors. It helps, and, truthfully, the more people following me the better; long as I don’t have to do anything more than what I already do to get them.

October 21st, 2008 | 12:47 PM

I like both the daily lives tweeters and the marketers. I’ve learned something new each time I’ve signed in. 🙂

~ Kristi

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October 21st, 2008 | 4:04 PM