Do You Honestly Read Your Twitter Mentors? Twitter Followers Talk

Yesterday we had a discussion with our Twitter followers. Here is the question:

Do you take time to read the tweets of the people you follow? Do you un-follow someone if they tweet mostly personal info and affiliate links?

Let's see what the followers have in mind (I have eliminated those who haven't posted a clear opinion and edited some of them):

@RawrStar: I follow very few people, so I can read every tweet. I think it's ignorant not to read them all.

@ErinNorton: Yep I read tweets. I think a good mix of personal, self promo, and random links is the best. What do you think of personal & links? [My answer: I stick with lower than 10 per cent of self-promo (affiliate) and almost nil personal info.]

@Campingblogger: Heck yeah, Twitter is like the fruit salad of the Internet.

@Dianatimmons: I read all my follower's tweets. I scan first. I like a balance of subjects, dislike tweets that have TMI (author means Too Much Information) about family stuff.

@Sassyword: I do read a lot of them - I have no opinion or judgment - but that's me. [My answer: I would suggest that you have personal opinions, and @reply them to others to build better community interaction.]

@DavidBThomas: I follow a manageable number of people so I can read their tweets. More interested in interesting observations than personal info.

@Maxi8: Oh yes - adds spice to the day.

@Sdamery: I just want to know "What are you doing?" now... Use blogs for information and discussion...tweets are NOW and they're gone!

@CalgaryRealtor: I think if when they find Google caching their tweets they may think twice before tweeting personal stuff. [My answer: I believe most know that Twitter archives all data, and this data are accessible to search engines.]

@ShinyDesigns: I like a personal touch but not too much. All ads or, worse, magpie will get dropped. Occasional commercial tweets are fine.

@LizS4ra: I try to read all the tweets of people I follow because why follow them otherwise? I don't really follow linkers only though

@Nhprman: I do read followers' Tweets & most of them are legitimately interesting. If not, or if they're 90% personal, I stop following. [My opinion: Very good!]

@D_vsuresh: I do read tweets and even check the links they refer when the topic they mention is interesting.

@Wandabun: I read them here and there, but I don't go back and consume everything someone has tweeted. [My opinion: You may miss a lot]

I suggest all of you carefully follow what your Twitter mentors post. You may miss several important links and points if you don't. Also, why would you follow anyone if you don't really read them? Make also sure that you un-follow all those who are interested in as I said a very big number of personal tweets. That doesn't add value to the community. If you tweet a lot of personal opinions, you are sure to lose followers.

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2 Opinions:

  1. I think I would disagree with your statement that too many personal opinions would lose one followers. I prefer to read personal opinions rather than simply links to content not generated by the tweeter.
    I also like to follow a variety of tweeters, giving me a broader insight into the world. Using twitter simply to aggregate links may allow one to miss more interesting/valuable information.

    Of course, a up to the minute account of someone's life is also not interesting (that should remain, if really necessary) in the realm of 'traditional' blogging.
    A good mix of personal opinion, personal life and links should be preferable.

    On the other hand, should one want to establish a platform, it is crucial to make use of services like twitter to connect with others - not just those in the industry one needs the platform in - and for that reason it is good to follow even those of differing opinions and personal tweets.

  2. The right way to handle tweets from those you follow is the way that matches your brand.

    If you have a "hard to reach" approach like Dan Kennedy, then replying to every tweet, or really, very many of them would be very contradictory to the brand. And, as his branding goes, that works "for him".

    If you want to brand yourself as very service-oriented and customer focused, responding to personal tweets and sharing your own personal tweets might be right on the money (pun intended).

    My personal choice in responding is to find a way to respond which is a combination of professional and personal. If I can get in a keyword or two, convey competence, AND show my humanity, compassion, and interest in my fellow man, then it's win, win, win - and you can't beat that.

    - Daiv


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