My first article on twitter etiquette for bloggers was really well received, I got a lot of feedback with additional input and other schools of thought. The topic in question has been regarding self promotion of our own blog posts on twitter. How often is too often (or not often enough) to tweet about a blog post? Of course we will not arrive at an answer that all bloggers agree with, everyone I talk to has their own thoughts on this.
Self Promotion on Twitter
Why are these people following me?
I agree with what Michael is saying here, after all I often asked myself “why are these people following me?”. Twitter is full of people who just “followback” but don’t really care about you or your tweets. For people like this it’s all about follow numbers. I do wonder how anyone can pay attention to a twitter stream with 10,000+ followers? How can you get to know anyone, or build any kind of social connection? I am looking for the true fans, people who are following me because they are genuinely interested in paying attention to my tweets.
Be Innovative and Non-Spammy
The Question of Balance
I also talked with my friends at Software Candy who summarize by declaring the answer to our main question “Like many things in life is subjective and depends on the [individual] and his/her followers. On one hand, by the nature of Twitter, it is easy to miss an important tweet, so it makes sense to tweet repeatedly. On the other hand, repeating it too often may annoy the twitter’s most faithful followers. So this obviously brings the question of balance.”
Well what do you think? Further thought on this topic is welcomed and encouraged. I think my opinions are evolving daily right now, and it is likely that six months from now I will feel different about this question.
I find the topic of “Twitter Etiquette” to be captivating to me. So I would like to write more on this topic. What are your thoughts on Twitterquette? What should I write about next?