So I come home from work today and pull up my Tweet Deck as I always do, and there is this guy, whom I will not name because his name is meaningless, who has decided to follow me on Twitter. He then tweets at me and says, “Scott can you follow me back?” My simple answer and the only answer to this question is no, I will not follow you back, and the reason I wont follow you back is because you asked me to. See, I am a bit of a fan of Twitter, in my opinion it is the most powerful social media platform on the Web. where else can you get your point across in 140 characters or less?…. Facebook is just full of mindless babble, people trying to gain status by posting pics of cats, funny memes, sayings by people that didn’t actually say what they posted, and status updates like… look at what I am having for breakfast. I hate Facebook, but I use it cause I like to see what my friends are doing, and correct dumbasses who think they are smart.
But I would like to take this time to instruct, educate, and point out how to use Twitter WELL. I follow people because of CONTENT.. Just because you decide you are going to follow me on Twitter does not mean I am going to follow you back. Those that decide to follow me, I will look at your timeline, I will check out how you use Twitter. If all you do is promote your shit, tell people to buy your shit, and RT everything other people say, then you will not get a follow for me. Did I mention that I feel Twitter is the MOST powerful form of social media on the web?… If you use Twitter, let me just say that you will do BETTER if you are willing to type your own tweets, not just RT every link you want to get signups for, not just to RT a quote, not just to notify your followers of a link you like or a story you read. Twitter allows you the benefit of EDITING those RT’s to add a little bit of your flavor to them. Take advantage of that. people wont think you’re just a bot trying to get as many tweets out there as possible hoping some schlup will click on your link or offer.
My friends, some advice…. If you use Twitter, have a Twitter account and don’t use it much, or plan on getting one in the future, please for your own sake, and trust me on this, use it smartly and be unique… be a “Purple Cow” as Jon Olson would say… Please make your tweets all yours… BE your tweets…. OWN your tweets, because if all you do is RT… tweet links… tweet your offer… then you will be lost in the murky waters of the twitterverse. You see.. the point I am trying to make is EVERYONE is doing what you are doing… everyone will RT the latest offer, RT the latest and sexiest link.. and they are telling people to buy their shit. Be different… stand out… be original.. THAT’S how you get Twitter vets such as myself to follow you. I KNOW there are no rules when it comes to Twitter, but there is such a thing as common sense…
Scott Wright “The Sports Nerd”