It’s no secret that I love Twitter, so take this with a grain of salt, but … if you’ve been on Twitter for less than two weeks, I don’t really want to hear what you have to say about the service. I’m getting seriously tired of people (especially in the media, oddly enough), who try to “see what this Twitter thing is all about” and spend a few minutes, hours, or even just days trying to use the service.
Inevitably, they end up following 15 people or fewer (most of which are friends who don’t even update regularly) and having a tweet stream that actually follows the Twitter prompt, “What are you doing?”, which means they’re tweeting the most boring stuff in the world: “Eating breakfast, my bagel is perfectly toasted” “driving home in the rain, sad face,” ad nauseum. And seriously, who wants to read that?
The thing about Twitter is that there is a pretty steep learning curve, and when it comes down to it, you get out of it what you put in. If you update irregularly and just put out garbage that nobody cares about, you’re not going to enjoy it, because as many Twitter-haters say, NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU ARE DOING EVERY FIVE MINUTES. That being said, people I know who enjoy using Twitter and who find it brings value do the following:
- For goodness’ sake, ignore that stupid prompt. Nobody cares what you are actually doing unless you are actually doing something awesome.
- Seek out people who talk about what YOU are interested in. Use search.twitter.com and look up terms: Video games, Anime, NASCAR, badminton, fashion, cooking, hamsters, pencil sketching, Dave Chappelle, cleaning products, flute playing … and then follow those people! They are producing content about a topic that interests you … isn’t that what you’re on Twitter for, anyway?
- Engage! Whether you’re just re-tweeting (RT) others or actively contributing to discussions, engaging people on Twitter is the best part. Just remember that you’re potentially being watched by thousands, so don’t say anything you wouldn’t want your employer to read.
- FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW! The more people you follow, the busier your Twitter is going to be, and the higher your potential is for getting information that you enjoy. #follow fridays are a great place to start – on Fridays, Twitter-ers recommend someone to follow.
- It bears repeating: Don’t follow the Twitter prompt.
Not related, but funny nonetheless