Twitter is full of spammers, and I am one of them! OK, that might sound a bit harsh, but I really lost my likening of Twitter lately and, sub-sequently have only tweeted to announce new posts here and on my other blogs or to pass coupon codes and other offers on. Few real exchange with other twitters, apart of some DMs. On the other hand, I must also admit that I haven’t received much of value from my followers. 95% of the tweets in my timeline consisted of invitations á la “join my mafia family” and @spam. Seems to me, I and Twitter have reached a dead end road, or not? So I decided that I have three possibilities to make the best out of Twitter:
1. Delete my Twitter account
No, I am not exhausted enough for that, there are some people I want to stay in contact with and hopefully a few that are genuinely interested in what I tweet. Apart of this I am still convinced that it is possible to use Twitter as an addition, or even replacement, to and for a traditional email list. Plus it is more fun 😉 So, I scratched No 1.
2. Unfollow most of my followers
That is something, what is really en vogue lately, the latest of the A-list bloggers to do this was John Chow. Read about his reasoning here. Now, John unfollowed 55000 over night, and, as I pointed out in some comments on his blog, this poses a few problems. The most important one is that it is a way to manipulate Twitter to think that you are incredibly important, I think John’s ratio is now something like followers >40 000 and following <200. The other is that John rode for years on the “follow me, I follow you” train, unfollowing now nearly everybody is a betraying the promise he once gave and that helped him to get this many followers. I wouldn’t feel comfortable by just doing an automated mass unfollow, but I still want to get value back into my twitter list, for me and for others. So, I scratched No 2 also.
3. Make my updates private
That sounds completely stupid at first sight, but for me, after some thinking, it makes sense. By making my updates private I don’t appear anymore in the public timeline, hence, I am far less a target for spammers, @ and others. Second, by semi-closing my list, I have the possibility to check out the people I am following and decide on a by case basis if I still want to follow them. And as a third, I add value to my list by sharing information only with my followers, hopefully making it more attractive to follow me 😉
Over the next days and weeks I will sort through my twitter list, and unfollow those I am not anymore interested to follow. Sorry guys and gals, no hard feelings 😉 At the same time, I will start to get my tweeting out of auto-mode and concentrate more on meaningful interactions, then on auto-tweets. And if you want to know what I am tweeting, just apply here to join my new Super Secret Twitter List. If I like your tweets, I will follow you back, big paw promise 😉
So what is your approach to Twitter? Do you follow everybody, only a few? Do you use it at all or have you given up on Twitter?
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