Follow to be followed. Unfollow to open up some more following slots. If you're not reaching them on Twitter they might never hear about you.
So why after all his ranting, using dirty words to describe me, accusing me of online stalking and reporting me to the Facebook authorities does Mr. Omar Gallaga feel it is then worthwhile to continue sniping at me?I'm like an extracted tooth or something. It's painful for a while, but you can't help but keep sticking your tongue in the place where the missing tooth was. So he has nothing better to do, no interesting pieces to write about Mommy Blogger or the Taco Bell dog passing?Perhaps if the effect is more like poking a fork in an electrical wall outlet he will shut-er-down for good. We'll see I guess.
The hashtag is changing. And today it has much less pull than it once did. Let's examine why and how to use hashtags in today's un/hashed social networks.
Perhaps the deeper question is, "What is your goal with Twitter?" And the next question is, "What do you Tweet?"A path without a goal is a winding road in the dark. And what you are thinking is what you are at that moment. So what you tweet is what you are thinking about. And you will either be reflected or not. And you will continue to tweet or not. The best I can do is show you the way I think it can be done. You must find your own way on or off the path.
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.
But if the only people really listening are the social media marketers, it becomes the proverbial echo chamber. We are only hearing ourselves talk about ourselves.
There are a lot of things to learn about Twitter, but the main thing is learning how you will begin to use it. The value you bring to Twitter is what you will get out of it. If you merely blast self-promo messages or coupon/deals, that's all you will find on Twitter. If, on the other hand, you find something you really want to tweet about, you just might find a following of people who are interested in the same subject. Seek them out. Converse with them, ReTweet them, engage with them.
Here's a > 40 second video showing how you can filter your incoming tweets using Tweetdecks Filter function. In this example I get rid of my least favorite DM spammer, TrueTwit validation service.
If Twitter Lists are the new measure of someone's social rep and prowess, why are we limited to 500 tweeps per list? Oh why, tell me why?
But please do BLOCK the scammers and save others from accidentally following them when they look over your stream of "followers." It may take you a bit longer to get to 100 or 1,000 followers if you are editing and blocking the scammers, but it goes with the territory. And until Twitter adds a BLOCK and REPORT AS SPAM function we'll just have to do it the old fashioned way. One follower at a time.