My Twitter lessons .. No 6 (what are you Twittering on about?!)

I seem to remember my mother saying “What are you twittering on about?” when I was young and she was harassed.  This usually happened when I was gabbling away nineteen to the dozen.  Too much noise and not enough information!  That kind of sums up my Twitter dilemma.  I’m finding it hard to contact / spot / engage the real person amidst the snow storm of noise that scrolls down my screen. 

Occasionally something real happens and and it is like a little ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds.  I’m sure many of the people I’m connected with are well intentioned, intelligent even interesting folks, but it isn’t that easy to find that much evidence of it in their outpourings. 

If you are wondering what to say in answer to the perennial question   “What are you doing?” here is what I’d be interested in seeing:-

  • Something that lets me see who you are
  • Something that shows me you know what you are talking about
  • Something that amuses me, engages me, entertains me
  • Something that helps me
  • Something that educates me

What I don’t want is:-

  • Any offers to get thousands of followers
  • You to sell to me
  • Free offers that are as useful as McDonalds happy meal toys

I’ll allow others to judge how well I’m managing to find this balance, but I got a lovely compliment yesterday from someone whose opinion I value that suggested I’m making progress.

I’d love to hear what you think makes a successful tweet.

You can follow me on @RichardDerwentC

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6 Responses to “My Twitter lessons .. No 6 (what are you Twittering on about?!)”

  1. Liz says:

    Hi Richard,

    funny, that:-) We all want to avoid being sold to, but that’s what most businesses are doing on twitter isn’t it?

    Perhaps it’s the manner in which we are bombarded with information that is the challenge and is quite difficult to discern the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.

    I recently told 2 of my clients to arm themselves with whistles when they are crossing the road or walking through over-crowded situations, so as to alert people who would be inconsiderate to their chronic condition, to avoid pushing into them or tripping over them. They did have a good laugh at this, but perhaps it’s the ones that make the loudest noise who get noticed at times.

    What do you think?

    Enjoy your day.

    Kind regards and many blessings


  2. Liz,
    Of course you are right about the reason most folks use it. However, I think we need to be seduced rather than ravished!

    Do it right and I’ll seek you out; yell at me and I just hit Unfollow.

  3. As much as I love the quotes, I would love to see more originality too. I think a lot of people hide behind quotes all day. Geez, it’s even possible that they’ve loaded up TweetLater with these quotes just to make it seem like they’re active.

    That’s why I like writing articles that get sent to my Twitter stream. Even if someone doesn’t visit my website after reading the Tweet, at least they get some actionable information out of it.

    So I say more articles please.

  4. Jeff, I understand your reservations but I quite enjoy the thoughtful ones that align with the person’s area of expertise.

    I agree with your article strategy and do the same.

  5. […] was writing yesterday about what seemed to make a good ‘tweet’ and it occurred to me that one might sum it all up as […]

  6. I like statements and introductions to linking other people.

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