When I was first introduced to The Marketing Nut, I thought to myself, “Oh great, another social media expert.” Just what we need… another person that thinks social media is a means to an end. Wonderful! But that’s not the case, and after reading only a few blogs I fell in love with her content, subscribed to her RSS feed, and have been reading everything she has posted since. So when she posted a blog called Tweeting Clueless: 26 Things Twitter is NOT, I just couldn’t leave a comment… I needed to write my own blog post on the subject.
Since I write for BlogNotions, I figured that I would write a response there. It’s a fitting outlet for something like this, and since I have to write a blog each month, why not use this? Anyway, so here it is… my response for her 26… one at a time.
Please read her blog post first. That way you know what comments I am responding to here. I don’t want to copy and paste her content when you can just as easy go read it for yourself on her blog. Like I said, it’s great content.
- I couldn’t agree more. Flash… yuck!
- There are several folks that I have seen do this… and only one person that has done it well. He tried to get published, and had a great novel… but decided to publish on Twitter. Past that, try a different solution.
- Everything you post… EVERYTHING you post is in the public domain. (Yes, I understand that there are private accounts… but so few people run private accounts, I am referring to public accounts here.) Trust me, that stuff gets back to your boss… or mom. Just be smart about the content you post.
- I have to disagree with this one… texting while driving is now against the law here in Indiana… but I admit, I do it from time to time. I am more into changing the song on Spotify than I am in sending a tweet. But I do think, if done properly and not excessively, it’s okay to tweet while you drive. But in moderation!
- I hate to hear that… but I have tweeted from a red light. A red light is time wasted, depending on how long you sit in traffic each day. That’s time that might be well spent replying to an email, dialing a phone number, or again… changing the song on Spotify.
- Bingo… it’s just a single form of communication. Nothing replaces a face-to-face conversation. Family or not.
- I do post links to blogs that I write… but I add unique content with each tweet. But this is key. Twitter works because of your level of transparency. Over 80% of my tweets are replies. I engage… I interact with people. If you are not engaging with your audience, you are doing it wrong.
- I couldn’t have said that better myself. I don’t care what it looks like… although I do hate seeing a RT reply. But that’s for another time!
- You either “get it” or you don’t. And when you do in fact “get it”… you will know. From that point on, it’s all gravy. (I do like gravy!)
- IT IS WHEN I TYPE IN ALL CAPS.
- Like they say, “What happens in Vegas stays on Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube…” You get the picture. Think about EVERYTHING you say online.
- Why lie online? For that matter, why lie at all? That has never helped anyone get ahead. Be transparent. The older I get the more I understand that.
- That all goes back to being smart about your content. I post a lot… a LOT more than most people. But I am smart about each one. Don’t drink and tweet.
- I found my balance in continuous content. I love the idea of spreading my thoughts, whether they are pushed data or just searching a key criteria and engaging with others tweeting about things I like. If you engage, everything else will fall into place.
- If you don’t want to share, then get offline.
- If you don’t like people… get offline.
- Again, we keep going back to the level of engagement. If someone tweets you… ALWAYS reply. Sure, there are times that a response is unnecessary. But for the most part, always be the one to get the last word. It will always force the response back to the person you are engaging.
- I have done that… maybe ten times since I started Twitter. I did it a few times when I first started with my Facebook business page. LinkedIn is different for me. I have to work with the person to connect with him or her on LinkedIn. But you’re right… I will like your stuff if your content is good.
- I post a lot of stuff like that. But I do it with purpose. I don’t just search for random quotes to push content.
- Who is that?
- I have used Twitter to raise money… but more importantly I raise awareness of the event that I am playing in. I managed to raise over $1,000 for my last event by using Twitter and Twitter alone. So it does work. But don’t bore me with it.
- This is the Internet… I don’t have any more secrets.
- In my opinion, haters mean that I am doing something right. If people don’t hate you, try harder.
- And not just Google+. Twitter is NOT like any other social network. Facebook is not like any other social network. Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube… KEEP THEM SEPARATE. I HATE when people treat these solutions as the same. Twitter-based content belongs on Twitter… that’s it. It is not acceptable to post Twitter content on foursquare and Facebook… take the time to care about your message.
- That’s why I have a butler. (I wish I could afford a butler!)
- Part of my daily responsibilities is to post content on Twitter for several clients. So even when I am getting paid to tweet, it’s still not an excuse for any of that.
Man that was fun! Thank you so much you nut… you Marketing Nut! That was a lot of fun to go through those and respond as quickly as I could. I didn’t want to think about the response, or it would have defeated the purpose. Anyway, that was fun and I hope you see some value in my thought process. I think we agree on a lot of things.
Anyway, how do YOU use Twitter?