Word of Tweet

24 March, 2009

In learning much about social media networking and rapidly growing a fabulous community of friends, colleagues, acquaintences, resources, and other connections via Twitter, I have come across many a marketing strategy. In addition, people often reference the ways they find others to follow using this rapidly growing networking tool.Β  There are some who follow based on, others who use MrTweet, but I have found the most effective and rewarding way to follow new friends who are engaging, helpful, and great resources: Word of Mouth Tweet.

The best connections I have made on Twitter have come from adding people whose @names I see on friends’ Tweets. If I see someone’s name frequently, it means that they are engaging with others that I frequently interact with. If someone often recommends linksΒ or RT (retweets) someone’s links, perhaps that means I should followΒ him/her, as well. I have all but completely given up on theΒ #followfriday hashtag because there are so many people who Tweet their follows without any rhyme or reason. However, if a connection of mine Tweets that someone should be followed, I will often check out the person’s profile.

That being said, I have a very short and simple process which I follow on deciding whom to add to my follow list on Twitter:

  1. Is this someone I know personally? If not, is a friend or acquaintance of someone I know?
  2. Is this person someone who works in a field that interests me and/or my followers?
  3. Does this person post interesting original content in form of Tweets or links?
  4. Does this person RT interesting content or links?

If I’ve aswered yes to one or more of the questions, I will follow that person. If, for some reason, I feel that their Tweets no longer benefit me in any way, I simply unfollow. No harm done. However, though I have unfollowed many from the MrTweet and wefollow recommendations, I have rarely unfollowed anyone I found through the Word of Tweet method.

What are your thoughts? What methods do you use to decide who to follow? Has that worked out for you?

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  • Reply Danny BrownNo Gravatar 1 April, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    That’s a pretty solid system to use – as you say, it’s simply word of mouth taken to the next logical step.

    It’s one of the reasons I can’t understand people that auto-follow – where’s the benefit in that (apart from some faux popularity contest)?

    I’ll always take the time to check someone’s first cpla pages of tweets, as well as what they’re saying. If they have a blog URL, I’ll check that too.

    And yes, who they’re talking to has a huge amount to do with it – I’ve been about to pass on someone when I’ve seen a mutual connection, and that piques my interest again.

  • Reply domeofheavenNo Gravatar 1 April, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks, Danny. I find it pretty effective. This is how I’ve found most of the people I consistently follow. I definitely will consider following someone more if that person is ‘in my network’. If I’ve seen people retweet their blog entries or Tweets or the person is recommended by someone I follow, that gets my interest. If the person has useful and interesting Tweets on their first page or so of Tweets or if their profile sticks out, I’ll follow sooner, as well.

    I still don’t see the benefit in having Twitter celebrity status aside from the mere bragging rights of numbers. But, really, what Twitter is about is sharing this wealth of information – or so I’m learning from you all (my follows). I really enjoy sharing information, the sense of community when people need help or questions answered, and the willingness to promote each others’ well-written and content-rich blogs or websites. That, in my opinion, is pretty rad.

    I’d much rather have just a few follows on Twitter and have them truly bring quality content than have a lot of follows who say nothing all day long.

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