Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tweet Week day 3 - so annoying I even annoyed myself!

So yesterday was day 2 of Tweet Week and I simply answered the question posed to millions of tweeters every time they log into their accounts - "What are you doing?" (I also responded to messages and sent out info for CILIP WM as I would normally do).

Here are the stats:
No. of tweets: 18 (that surprises me - it felt like a LOT more)
No. of replies: 9
No. of retweets: 0 (not surprising as I didnt say many useful things)
No. new (genuine) followers: 7
No. new spammers (now blocked): 3
No. of complaints: 1

Yes, that last one says COMPLAINTS. To be honest I was surprised there weren't more complaints, or at least hints that the content I was sending out to the world was a bit, well, rubbish and annoying. Twitter even annoyed me yesterday, not the reading of it or the constant pop-ups from Twhirl, but my own posts being so mundane and the constant feeling that I had to look at it every 10 minutes and try to find something to say.

What was strange was that I attracted 7 new followers and didn't seem to loose any existing ones (although it's hard to tell).

I know no one wants to hear about me checking my email (tweet number 5 of the day), and I don't want to hear about other people checking theirs, but this actually is the kind of content a lot of people are posting, so I figured I'd give it a go and see what happened - and what did happen? Well, nothing useful!

I got so annoyed with tweeting yesterday that I thought I might cancel Tweet Week after only 2 days and then there was an anonymous comment added to my first Tweet Week blog post (no, not the first comment that tells me to get on with some work - I know who that was - and it made me giggle - thanks P) which made me think perhaps Twitter can be good for productivity after all. The commenter talks about working in short intense bursts and then using Twitter as a bit of a break and change of pace to refocus the mind. Perhaps I'll give that a go today.

So what should I be posting?
Does anyone know?
Does anyone care? :-P


Jennie said...

I do it in burst when I interact, and skim without commenting other times.
When skimming, if I see an interesting statement / conversation, I'll join in, which often turns into a burst, as conversations roll from that.
See if anyone's having interesting discussions - they're public, so anyone can join in, though at first it can feel like you're pushing yourself into a clique (which isn't the reality)

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Katie said...

I'm very much of the 'tweet to please yourself' school. I think the followers you gain will vary depending on your tweeting style - you could end up with a completely different set of followers by tweeting in a completely different way, but as long as you're tweeting in the way you think is interesting, it's fine.

Another thought, and one I briefly mentioned on Twitter: I know someone commented that your posting frequency was too high for them. I think 'too high' is a really subjective idea. The frequency with which somone appears in your Twitter feed depends partly on how much they post, but also on how many people you're following. I'm aware I probably post too much for someone with 30ish followers (I'll appear fairly often in their feed) but when people post too infrequently (for the turnover of my Twitter feed) I don't really get a sense of who they are and what they're up to. I have a theory that this will automatically balance itself: people who find your posts too frequent will unfollow you (which isn't necessarily a sign that you've done something wrong as such) and you'll end up interacting with users at similar posting frequencies to you.

Sorry to ramble on: there's probably a blog post of my own developing here.