Monday, April 09, 2007

Adding Friends and Followers on Twitter

(PHOTO: Twitter error message. In most cases, just hit Back button and re-send.)

Once your eyes have been stripped of delusion, and you see how much you need to get on Twitter, then what?

The next step is to build a coalition of support and surveillance, you need to become disciple and content provider.

Be sure to display a link, on your blog (s), to your Twitter page. Maybe your blog readers will join Twitter and gain access to your social network whisper transmissions.

Use the Public Timeline version of a Twitter badge. This one shows your blog readers What You and Your Friends are Saying. Merge the streams of online presence, so your blog stream flows with your Twitter stream.

Think of bright minds you'd like to monitor, as they speak of lunch, emerging technology, new social media tools, and their favorite bands. You can learn from innovators and pioneers, as they report on both mundane and profound matters.

You can also learn how different people use different forms of Twitter communication. But the number one rule is: be interesting, provide value. Don't tweet just to hear yourself tweet.

By sending a tweet (Twitter message) to your Followers, you're asking them to pay attention to something you're saying. It helps if your message contains value: relevance, insight, honesty, humor, and, whenever possible, a link.

I believe in Link Tweeting. Links are the Free Prize Inside of Twitter messaging. Scoble does it a lot, as do other respected tech bloggers/Twitterers.

Your tweets will not be communicative without an audience of Followers. But to get Followers, you must send email invites to your online pals and peers. Beyond that initial promotion, you must use customized network strategies.

One of these strategies is to Trust Link.

Trust Linking is going to a well known entity, an intimate online friend, or other reputable source, and seeing who they link to.

You read some posts or tweets. You pay attention to who they quote or link to. You evaluate them and decide whether to add them to your Follow file, making them, or asking permission to be, their Friend.

Famous people tend to link to other famous people, etc.

First Level Trust Linking is to only visit links on the primary trusted site, and not investigate who these sites link to, and this is the safest strategy. Second, Third, and Fourth Level Trust Linking is generally time-consuming and lead to some unsavory sites sooner or later.

Stick to First Level Trust Linking.

In Twitter, this translates into visiting the Twitter pages of trusted allies. What Twitterers are listed in their Friends and Followers? Check them out. Read some of their tweets.

Evaluating the tweets of other Twitterers--how do you do it? I tend to look for links. If all the Twitterer tweets about is breakfast and music CDs, what value is in it for me? If I don't know them personally, their personal habits and mundane events are so much mental clutter.

I make a Twitterer a Friend that I Follow, when their tweets are insightful, playful, aggressive, and frequently contain links.

A content-rich Twitter environment, stuffed with links to new tools and cool sites, is possible.

Like blogs, Twitter can be a diary for recording mundane events and personal confessions, which are of very limited value, and it can have enduring value by writing the best sentences you can produce, and embedding the best links you have found, and now share with your Followers.

For some, Twitter is a micro-diary.

For me, it's an on-the-fly link archive.

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