There used to be a time on Twitter a few years back when I could ask a question and instantly get feedback and responses. Lately, at least for me, my Twitter engagement has been lagging and harder to get responses from my followers.
I don’t know what has changed. I’m not sure if it’s the timing of my tweet on Twitter, or if it’s the fact that there are currently over 500 million users on Twitter and they are just being over inundated with so much information coming through that the tweet itself gets lost in the mass of data or if they are just not there when my tweet goes out.
I know for one that it’s hard to manage who I follow on Twitter and because of this I do miss some great opportunities to engages with them. I usually rely on a core group of people to keep me up-to-date with what is currently happening and trending.
Now over on Facebook, I’m starting to find that engagement is increasing. If I ask the same question over on Facebook I’m instantly engaged and responded to. Granted it could just be that it’s a smaller ratio of following happening on Facebook, but it’s interesting as I always thought I had more engagement on Twitter.
I’d be interested to hear how you are finding Twitter engagement lately? Do you feel brands themselves are also suffering from this information overload? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Today while I was on Twitter, I got notification that today marks my 5th anniversary on the micro blogging platform.
Twitter has changed drastically over those 5 years. I recall being there when we began the #hashtags to help us find a topic, as well as the @’ing someone so you can let them know you are conversing with them.
Twitter has become a regular part of my life. Through finding out what’s new and interesting around the world to sharing with my friends and followers what goes on in my day I’m a better person for it. It’s amazing how many connections the social platform has opened up for me. Even with all the online connections, it has allowed me to make some great off line friends in the process.
So to all that follow me @GusF I hope you enjoy my daily tweets and have grown to learn more about me and what I stand for and admire.
Today I celebrate my 4th year of being on Twitter. I never considered myself an early adopter of Twitter as when I joined, Twitter was already about a year old. I have seen the system grow throughout those 4 years. I’ve seen the invention of the “@” reply, I’ve seen the invention of the hashtag “#”, I’ve seen the invention of a direct message “DM”, I’ve seen the invention of Twitter applications come onto the market – Hootsuite, TweetDeck, Peoplebrowsr and I was there during the first stages of the “fail whale”.
Most importantly I’ve had my social network grow as a result. I’ve gained so many great friends from this that I truly cherish. After all Social Media is about connections and what better way to make those connections then to find people of common interest, sharing the same beliefs, and sometimes different views, but always growing.
Thank you Twitter for bringing such a great people together, and for allowing us all to share our views and for allowing us to witness social change through out our wonderful world. It’s been an amazing 4 years.
Today is my 3rd anniversary of being on twitter.
I first started Tweeting on April 5, 2007 after attending a CPRS event where Darren Barefoot spoke about it.
Twitter has grown over those past 3 years. I remember seeing the community come together and really push Twitter’s boundaries. I remember the beginning of the @ replies, I remember the first use of # hashtags, and I remember the wonderful fail whale. I saw the community unite strongly to common causes through Haiti relief, Twestival and many others. But last and not least I thank all the friends I have created from Twitter. You have been the warmest and accepting community out there!
Here’s to more happy years!
Today I received an interesting email from one of my colleagues, Terri, on some new and interesting Twitter words.
Twitiot (combination of twitter & idiot) as in “she’s doesn’t know anything about Twitter, she’s such an idiot”
Tiltwiterate – (combination of Twitter & illiterate) could be the same as above or “unable to read Twitter messages”
Twitterpated – (originally from Bambi) may already be used on Twitter however to me it means – “so caught up in texting on Twitter that she/he doesn’t have time for anything else”
Now these are not “real” words in the sense that they are in the dictionary, but if we all begin to use them more often who knows what we might change.
Does anyone else have any other interesting Twitter Terms they want to share? Let’s all start a movement!
You are never too young or too old to get onto Twitter and begin to interact with the global community as a whole. Ask Ivy Bean this. She is 104 years old and has begun to use Twitter, the micro blogging website, to post items on her daily life. With tweets like -
Looking forward to Deal or No Deal later on today.
Hello had a nod just having a cuppa and biscuit im excited to be on twitter
I think most of us who have used Twitter for sometime and have forgotten what it was created for, and Ivy Bean is showing us that it truly is a fun tool to use.
Hats off to you Ivy! I’ll be listening to your wonderful tweets.
Our good friends over on Twitter last night changed the way you and I receive notifications when we have new followers or have a new direct message (DM).
This morning over on Twitter, people didn’t seem to be too pleased with the change. Granted I’m only seeing this coming from the Vancouver tweeps and not really anyone else. I for one actually like the new enhanced notification emails. The HTML emails include the person’s avatar photo, plus show you how many followers, how many they are following and how many tweets they have sent out. I like that everything is there for me to see if I should actually click the new follower and see their stream. I see it often that many will just try to follow as many people as they can and yet have nothing posted on their stream (this of course is a whole other story).
What surprised me was to see who many people are not liking it. We who use social media tools, and strive to get others to use them and taut the benefits, are always quick to jump in and complain when something is changed. We’ve seen this when Facebook changed their layout (I for one like the newer layout as well).
Social Media tools are so new still and they are always evolving and changing. If they don’t evolve, we will venture into something else that does. We should be encouraging change, and change that enhances the experience.
Looking over Twitter today, a new player popped up on the search stream (Magpie). What is Magpie you ask? Well Magpie uses your Twitter account to allow advertisers to send out tweets based on keyword searches you create when setting up your account with Magpie. The advertiser then can send out their advertisement to all those who have signed up and match a specific keyword. As they state on their website “convert your tweets into bling-bling”
Now Twitter is there to engage your followers and not necessarily to advertise products from companies you might not care about or even know who they are. Yes you can argue what is the difference between having Google Ads on your blog or ads on your RSS Feeds with Twitter advertising through Magpie? Are you still in control as to which advertisement you can pick for Magpie? That doesn’t look like the case. I for one don’t even have Google Ads on my blog.
Some folks on Twitter have stated that if they get a Magpie related tweet from someone, they will automatically unfollow them. I’m inclined to have to agree with them. I don’t wish to have 1 Magpie tweet for every 5 of my tweets out there. Yes Magpie says I could make a hefty amount (almost 870 Euro a month), but I think that will quickly drop as some of my followers would stop following me.
What are your views on the “new bird” in town?
Face Your Manga Avatar
This morning while I was on Twitter, there seemed to be a new sensation beginning (You might recall the Colour Wars). What might you ask is this new sweeping sensation? Well everyone is changing their profile picture and creating an avatar from Face Your Manga.
The interface is pretty cool and is quick and easy to get started. Granted I don’t think my avatar looks alot like me, but hey.
Go get yourself a new avatar!
My beloved Twitter is sick again and has been acting up all day afternoon.
I think I’m officially addicted to you since I need to see what my Twitter pals are up to. I’m having a rough day at work and need some humor STAT!
Hope you feel well soon.