Twitter Discovery Using Lists: Finding good people to follow on Twitter can be a real challenge these days. The spammy list just keeps getting longer. The spammers are finding more irritating techniques to clutter the stream. Here is a strategy to find "good" tweeters who are genuine people who are crafting tweets about subjects that matter to you.
Back in the early days of Twitter, turning on an auto-responder of any kind was bad form. (I still think it is...) But there's a "service" that people are giving in to, much like Plaxo in the early 2000's, that is bad news. And here's why.
So looking through the little icons in the group of 100 I am about to unfollow, and seeing all the attractive women, the snappy logos, the identifiable brands in the tweetstream, I notice that unfollowing whole groups of them did not cause me to flinch. And you also get this unexpected benefit: the next time you are going on a Twitter research tour, you can REDISCOVER the tweeters you have unfollowed and you can follow them again.
My 2010 Twitter motto: flag the creeps and block the perps. Now I don't actually know Lawrence Bland, but his opening tweet to me, his pickup line if you will,…
I tried a few list follows and my Twitter stream went all wonky. Suddenly tweets were showing up and I couldn't unfollow the person. Tweetdeck kept telling me, you are not following "@MoMoney." And so according to the explanation above you can follow lists, but you can't unfollow individuals from those lists that you follow.
If Twitter is a marketing channel for you, that's okay if you're DELL and I choose to follow your Dell Outlet tweetstream. But Twitter-as-RSS "because it's easier to explain than RSS" is a bad answer. If there is no "conversation" going on, there is no Twitter. Twitter is a two-way conversation. Folks using it in the old school "broadcast media" way... Well you may jack your follower list up, but you're jacking the process at the same time. After you DO Twitter for a bit, you'll either find the value in the conversation or you won't. But which ever way you go, please don't AUTOMATE anything. I'm trying to build a tool that will AUTOMATE UNFOLLOWING of people usings Tweetlater or other AUTO-BOT tools. For June 2009 the That's #$%[email protected] Funny WINNER is TWEETLATER.COM.
1. In social networks you gain and bestow status on those you associate with 2. A key function of a publishing brand (that's your personal Twitter brand) is the bestowal of status by what you pay attention to 3. If you only pay attention to yourself you are not as valuable to your community
And it is here in this mode, the Twitter.com/browder mode, that people like @Danacea come up. Ping! And i read a few posts of kinda-random yet followed people and a shiny object grabs my .85 second attention span. And if I'm in a "following mood" I click on their profile to see who they are and where they live and how they describe themselves.
the Twitter Formula: TS = FUD (Twitter Satisfaction = Following good tweeps, Unfollowing shallow tweeps, Discovering new tweeps)