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Few days back Gautam has written a good post about “Scheduling tweets” to which Tim made a following comment
“There are some people who follow no one & interact w/ no-one, there are others that follow tens of thousands and reply to many of them. “
Actually Tim raised a great point. There are two types of People (mainly with huge following) –
- One who are using Twitter as a broadcast media. They are only interested only in tweeting (Scheduled tweets) about their content (of course they share great content) but they don’t participate in any kind of conversations. In fact, they’ve put twitter on autopilot mode. Their account automatically tweets whenever their blog or their favorite blogs get updated.
- The second type comprises of people who have thousands of following but they still try to reply to as many of them as possible.
I’m obviously on the second side. But here are the few tips which I think every Twitterer should follow while treating their followers-
Give them respect – Every follower is a human being (obviously most of them) so give them the respect they deserve. Okay. I agree that once you’ve a huge following, it is not feasible to reply to every person. But at least try to reply as many as possible. With huge following comes huge responsibilities.
Follow them back – Okay. It’s not possible to follow everyone back. Please don’t give the excuse of spam on your timeline. If Mr.Obama (@BARACKOBAMA) can follow 734,818 persons and Guy Kawasaki (@Guykawasaki) can follow 242,903 persons on twitter then why can’t you follow back few of your followers?
Conversation is Important – Social media is for CONVERSATION. Okay, you might be a celebrity or a great source of information but, if you are not interested in talking with others, then what you are doing on twitter? Just for promoting your content and getting some traffic to your website? Sorry, I’m not interested in following you.
Be Generous – If your follower sends you a link to his work/article for your feedback then have some decency to reply to it. Even a one word reply like “good” can do wonders. Don’t feel shy in RTing their tweets if they like them. Not only it will boost the motivation of your follower but will also help you to improve your credibility amongst your followers.
Don’t tweet inanities – Your followers are following you just to learn something from you. They are not interested (or most of them) in what you ate for your lunch or which party you are going to. So please don’t tweet inanities and maintain a proper balance between your personal and informational tweets.
So, these were the five things which I think every Twitter user should care of. Do you know of more points which you feel should be added to this list? Feel free to share them in comments below