For Twitter to make the transition into a real business platform they will have to get serious about killing porn, spam, and scammers on Twitter.
Marketers and businesses can get an instant read on public sentiment and trending with Twitter today. But Twitter will not be able to hold onto this theoretical pot of gold if they do not figure out how to build a rainbow. And their efforts thus far, since coining the Tweet in 2006, have been pretty miserable.
But I am interested in adding to Alex's tweet in some way, usually to join or josh with Alex himself. And also, by ReTweeting Alex at all, to introduce my followers to BaldMan as a cool person to follow. Since I am following him and clearly ReTweeting with some joy his somewhat mundane "gettin coffee" tweet. (no offense Alex)
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.
Programs like TrueTwit and Auto-Responders and Auto-Follow-backers fill your inbox with sweet nothings. There are 02% real communications in my Twitter inbox. It's good they added a "mark all as read" option, because that's a nice way to clear your spam.
THE AH HA MOMENT: From 2pm to 11pm I did not use a computer once. Every electronic interaction was done on my iPhone. Now do you see why Steve Jobs proclaimed the PC dead and the "cloud" the system of the future?
No hashtag, no search hits. (I could search for SEO, but if I search for #SEO then I am assuming the entire point of the tweet is information about SEO.) A HASHTAG IS THE FOCUS OF THE TWEET. THE HANDLE. THE POINT. THE KEYWORD(S)!
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.
You may not "get" Twitter. And that's okay. You don't have to understand it to understand that it's huge and that it has influence and information that can help your…
The state of Twitter today, in my mind, is still very mixed. Let's examine how Twitter can be used, and explore a few of the things that make it maddening for the new users, who are still abandoning at a 70 - 80% rate after 30 days.