The FIRST RECIPIENT of the TWITTERGHOST AWARD is my FAVORITE TWEETER…
GUY KAWASAKI! COME ON DOWN! http://twitter.com/guykawasaki
On his own Posterous Blog, Guy Kawasaki tried to illuminate his tweeting “business.” After a pseudo Q and A Mr. Kawasaki showed irritation with himself in the following answer.
Q. Okay, but what if I don’t want to see any Alltop promotions?
A. Probably, the easiest thing to do is UFM (unfollow me).
There are some very helpful hints about how to see the REAL GUY KAWASAKI and not his Ghosts.
Q. Do you use ghostwriters?
A. Yes, three people contribute to my tweets: Annie Colbert, Gina Ruiz, and Bill Meade. This is why you will see the initials “AC,” “GR,” and “BM” at the end of some tweets.
And then Guy provides a search that will delete the GHOSTS from his stream. I’m adding this to my Tweetdeck right after I finish lashing out.
The questioner goes on to hit a bit harder.
Q. You suck–your ghostwriters are better than you. How can I see only their tweets?
A. Now you’re talking! Try this search:
But that’s not really MY point.
In Getting Real with Twitter I make the case that Twitter is about REAL TIME with REAL PEOPLE. As businesses and marketers get into the “business” of Twitter the quality of that connection gets lost. It is totally up to you if you want to follow DellFactoryOutlet and be tweeted daily with “deals” from Dell. In fact there are probably hundreds of discount tweets and coupon tweets. And yes they make money. Good for them. But I tend to tune them out, UFM and deride the practice of Twitter as advertising vehicle. It is a free world, though right?
- A connection of some kind – that is not possible as fluidly within Facebook or LinkedIN’s messaging system. FriendFeed perhaps, but that’s a different service all together.
- Spreading JOY and INFORMATION. That’s about all I do with Twitter from my end. I spread items of FUN and *high5*s of happiness. The network reports that people with smiling Twitter icons are 75% more likely to be followed. Why do you suppose?
- Seeing what other smart peeps are tweeting about. And unfollowing the gamers, scammers, spammers and pornsters.