Pimping Your Twitter

12Nov08

I’ve never really understood why so many blog posts about how to increase your twitter following focus on what you tweet.  I am incredibly doubtful that very many people out there choose to follow other people because they’re posting profound messages.  It seems like this would only matter when trying to keep followers – if you’re constantly sending out mundane stuff like “Going for parking space H4 today!”, chances are your number of followers is either 0 or approaching fast.

Why doesn’t it matter how you use twitter? Because most people don’t even know your twitter exists and those are the people you’re trying to reach and then con – I mean convince – into clicking Follow.  Now, that’s not to say that it’s not possible to actively increase your following.  Maki over at Dosh Dosh gives some excellent ways on how to do just that: “Drive web traffic to your profile. The more targeted the traffic, the better.”

Plus, it just feels wrong somehow to try tweeting a certain way simply to increase your following – Twitter is a communication tool, the end goal shouldn’t be to collect as many followers as possible.  Robert Scoble has said a few times that he doesn’t define himself by who is or how many people are following him.  Which, frankly, is easy to say when you’re sitting pretty at over 20,000 followers.  I think most people would be lying if they said they didn’t care about having more followers.  Oh, on an unrelated note, if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, you can do so here.


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One Response to “Pimping Your Twitter”

  1. 1 Helen

    I agree that gaining the most followers shouldn’t be the end goal of using Twitter. I would much rather have followers and follow those I have something in common with, namely writing. Great post!


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