The newbies on Twitter always set an auto-responder to thank their followers and invite them to follow them or friend them or download their book, or something else. Um, wait…
Provide tweets that inform and help people. Provide tweets that make them laugh. Be nice to others and retweet great tweets. Don't be afraid to carry on a conversation publicly on Twitter, the DM system is broken and if you try to engagement via DM I will probably miss it. So just go ahead and say it. We'll both be better for it, we'll both get a few more ticks on our Klout score, and perhaps we'll become friends.
Social Media Rules of Engagement (Participation and Being Real Online) So how does this play in your Social Media engagement world? Some questions for reflecting on how you engage with "community" and what type of conversationalist you are.
So what you do, when you see these types of accounts in your followers: REPORT and BLOCK them. It will flag them to Twitter that they might be potential spammers. It will remove them from your followers, reducing your number by 1. (frown) But maybe, Ms. Azad will be slowed down from spamming the next unsuspecting Twitter user.
Aside from being hard to find, your DM messages these days on Twitter are filled with four different kinds of spam and not much else. I rarely open the DM window, because if someone wants to say something real to me, they usually do it in public. They have the potential to score #klout that way. DM's should be reserved for direct communication between humans.
It's not the tool it's how you manage it. So here's a few ideas I'd like to share around managing your social media status-sphere. It really doesn't matter if you like Twitter, Facebook or Google+. What matters is how you use it.
We're all learning this process in our own ways. Some people like to tweet about TV shows and what food they are eating or making. That's cool, but not for me. And I'm not for everyone either. I try not to get bummed when going through the "not following you" section and learning that some of my real-life friends are no longer following me. One friend said, "I was following you for a bit, but you are insane. 90% of the time I have not idea what you are talking about. So I had to unfollow you."
What are the additional options for your content? You can Tweet it. You can cross post it. You can try to get a guess writing gig on Mashable or RWW. You can chat, IM and email about it. But over the course of the last six months I have found the following alternate strategies work for me. Now there is always too much of a good thing, so with any cross posting or excerpting strategy it is best to reserve these ideas for your BEST content and not everything. Cause we all know, everything is NOT wonderful, it's miscellaneous!
1. Twitter is like IM broadcasting. 2. Twitter is not something you leave open and follow. 3. In order to effective in "working Twitter" you have to manage the stream of Tweets.
Just BE REAL. Don't AUTO-ME. And dont SELL at me. Many think Twitter is an advertising platform, well, folks, I guess if the entire web is an advertising platform then go for it, but TwitterSpam and TwitterPorn and TwitterViruses are becoming real and annoying. So by becoming an AUTO-BOT you are injecting your REALness into that SPAM stream. And, as my old dad used to say, "You'll get what's comin to ya."