The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 07:41:00 AM on Monday, September 21st, 2009
Cultivating your Twitter followers is a process that takes time, energy and planning.  Many people are skipping the processes associated with communication, engagement and quality to inflate their numbers by dumping chemical additives and building production plants instead of a more friendly neighborhood attitude.  I personally enjoy this approach as I learn more about who I want to follow and the materials they offer to me in return.  

Organic - This is the path of more work, but with greater results.  You work together with others in the community and donate quite a bit of time.  But the results are healthier relationships, trusted communication and trust in your knowledge.  You learn the strengths of each area of others in your community and they become excellent filters of information on topics they might be experts in or are striving to learn.  Many gems of knowledge are found from these types of people.

You do not:
  •  use auto-following services in hopes that you get followed back
  • ignore conversation threads
  • only post link to products you sell and only to articles, have conversation around them
  • only post referrer links in hopes of getting sales
  • never respond to any message sent to you

Chemical users blend a formula of automation so they never interact.  They are generally unaware of who is following them and who they are following back.  The climb is the supposed reach of numbers.  However, a lot of both categories, followed and following are automation tools themselves.  Responses never seem to happen at any time with no feeling of personality behind the posts.  Unfortunately, someones work who I admire has fallen into this category, Guy Kawasaki.  He could have great personal communication with tons of followers but it became AllTop driven instead of making AllTop its own persona.  Some of the stars that take time to watch their actual followers and respond earn some respect.  Others that use a team of interns they hired to make postings don't.  If you do not have the time, then don't do it. Nothing lost.  Everyone is busy.

They do the following:
  • Auto-following tools are deployed
  • auto-responders are deployed to fake engagement with canned responses
  • referrer links are embedded in most tweets
  • hire people to send tweets for them

Ever since I talked about losing Twitter to the masses, I have noticed this trend and uptake also.  It was to be expected in this medium as it happened across instant messaging and email systems.  The computerized growth that then turned to producing spam filters as we did for almost a whole week on EverythingTwitter.

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