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Day 25: Twitter – Reasonably Intelligent Discourse, in 140 Characters or Less

Bad Tweep, bad, bad Tweep! or, changing the way you tweet is good.

I have been on Twitter a while, but never found the time to use it much, or focus my usage in any serious way. I once had a handle for my cat, Nikita, as a way to interact with other critter bloggers, but deleted it when I found a lot of the people with similar accounts that I interacted with were not even fellow critter bloggers and their tweets were often nonsensical.

I used to have reservations about the sheer number of followers I had and even felt so embarrassed by some that I blocked them!

While I still block a lot, I no longer worry about the number of followers I have, knowing I am not required to return the favor every time. I may even stop blocking, period, based on something I read in the piece reviewed below.

Deciding who to follow and how many, found me stuck on the fact that there was no way in hell I was going to read one day of the latest tweets by 1000 Tweeps I may follow. I’ve begun to realize that there is no law that says I have to!

Twitter describes itself this way:

“Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations.”

140 character conversations? Seriously?

Well, as Twitter explains: “you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place”

OK, cool, as long as you come to it with a focus, and not just as a way to fritter away your day doing nothing, the place can be useful, as a way to learn, interact with and make friends, network, and promote your own material and brand.


I am beginning to focus on following those I find worth it in certain categories related to my interests.

I have begun to use Twitter in a more focused way, doing so following some of the more common conventions popular on the site, not realizing that maybe some of the ways I tweeted were not the best ways to do so.

To give you an idea of what I mean let me share just 6 ½ things Dana Sitar says Twits need to stop doing, like, um, yesterday.

Dana is a “blogger, author, and entrepreneur with a mission to guide you in the pursuit of happiness through writing.”

My friend Amanda Socci recently interviewed her for her own blog.

Both women think Twitter is a useful tool for discovering and connecting with other writers. Who am I to argue? They are so much smarter than me! Not to mention I am finding they are right.

Anyway, back to Dana:

She eloquently makes her case on each of her points in such a way that you may soon feel like an idiot for doing things the way everyone else is doing it just because it’s easier to go along rather than think out of the box.

1. If you are going to “Friendly Friday” (#FF) someone, instead of posting 10 handles a tweet, go out of your way to do a tweet for each person, explaining why you recommend them.

Give your followers a REASON to follow that person!

So, you find that YOU are one of someone’s 10, and you want to say thanks…DON’T include the other 9 in your reply! You will just confuse the hell out of them, not to mention waste space better put to use with a more profuse thank you to the person who FF’ed you.

2.  Forget verification services.

She explains why you are doing yourself harm by using them

Good points, all.

3. Auto-Direct Messaging is bad.

Auto-DM? Don’t recall ever knowing about that!

She makes the point that it is far better to follow back, and explains great ways to engage when you do so.

4. Want to reach more people, especially your followers, when promoting someone with an @mention? She makes 2 points about this, one of which involves taking the time to do a re-write that makes the mention more attractive.

5. Got a profile pic that is something OTHER than your ugly mug all prettied up to show off your good side?

She offers 2 reasons why you shouldn’t, and offers 2 exceptions.

6. She explains why “Please Re-tweet this” every time you share something from your blog is a waste of space.

If you have written something worth reading, or worthy of a Pulitzer, or Nobel, it will speak for itself, and others will be falling all over themselves to share it with the world.

If I am going to learn to be more professional in my social media interactions then getting into the habit of practicing these tips might be a good idea.

Give them some thought. You may find you want to change a few habits yourself.

Check out her blog post for more = http://danasitar.com/2013/01/04/stop-doing-on-twitter-2013/

Check out her blog, DIY Writing = http://danasitar.com

Once there, and having explored the joint a bit, consider subscribing to updates and getting what  appears to be a very interesting free eBook she has written called “A Writer’s Bucket List”.

Creative Idea Gal interview:

One to Watch: DIY Writer Dana Sitar and Her Fabulous Writing Tips http://www.creativeideagal.com/2013/03/18/one-to-watch-diy-writer-dana-sitar-and-her-fabulous-writing-tips/


3 thoughts on “Day 25: Twitter – Reasonably Intelligent Discourse, in 140 Characters or Less

  1. Kiril: I invite you to let Dana Sitar know you wrote about her. She is a friendly, approachable person who does a fabulous job responding to all contacts. I think you are being a bit too hard on yourself. I do not think necessarily that Dana and I are smarter than you, as you suggest. I just think that Dana and I view social media tools a little differently than you. My philosophy in social media is to experiment, but to do so thoughtfully.

    The commentaries about what a person eats for lunch, in my opinion, are idiotic. However, if you want to engage someone you like or admire and ask them about their plans, that is a good usage of social media.

    I think you are doing a great job learning what to do and what not to do in social media, Kiril. Try to give yourself a little more credit for everything you’ve managed to accomplish.

  2. Thanks for sharing the article, Kiril! Glad to hear you’re focusing on your social media interactions. Twitter is a super-fun place to be, but it can also be an incredible professional tool if you use it right 😉

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