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What's your Twitter capacity? My arbitrary number is not to follow more than 2222.

What's your Twitter capacity? My arbitrary number is to not follow more than 2222.

Seems reasonable enough until you start to get close to your self-imposed capacity and realize placing caps upon your direct message conversations may be a wee bit trickier than you think. The only reason I ever follow someone back is if I think I may want to talk privately with them at some point in the near future or I really like their tweet collection.

That means it might take a day, week, month or year before a person makes a pithy tweet that inspires me to want to lurk about their stream and respond once in a while. I am not an impulse link clicker or someone quick to follow back. It's because I keep thinking of reaching my information overload breaking point. I want to enjoy Twitter, not have my stream move by so fast that I'm receiving 100 tweets per second on an active day (LOL). The record for that with me was approximately 116 new tweets in my stream right after I posted a tweet. My eyes popped because I did not see that coming and realized I needed to have a cut off regarding how many people to follow...

I've made amazing friends in social media and we habitually hang out in Starbucks or restaurants together when we do meet in real life. I don't drink much (one is my capacity) but I will go to a bar for socialization if enough of my blogging buddies or relatives are there, however bars are never my first choice for socialization because I like to bring my kids with me. Think public and family friendly if you're trying to connect with a distant social media acquaintance for the first time outside of a business venue or event.

FYI: Everything does not have to be a business meeting. It is a huge mistake to believe that as a business owner you can command a return call from another business owner simply by dangling the theoretical carrot of the possibility of doing business. I may not want what you want and vice versa. Having experienced not always getting what I want makes me perfectly fine with not giving in to the demands of others. Silence, NO and no thank you are an integral part of my vocabulary when I am trying to be less colorful (LOL). ;-)

We all can talk publicly to who ever we want to tweet to but both people have to be following each other in order to do a direct message. I say this because people have complained that they have followed me and I have not followed them back. Hmm... Maybe if we actually spend some time having conversations on Twitter there would be nothing for you to complain about because at some point I would want to send you a direct message due to our interesting conversations (LOL). ;-)

The nature of my start-ups require that I meet with people all the time, so I like going to events but don't like to be event stalked. If you are going to invite your social media peeps to stuff always give them plenty of room to accept, defer or reject the invitation. Not going doesn't mean they don't like you, it just means they are sufficiently obligated by a previous engagement. Do send reminders of your event. Don't spam the crap out of people you are trying to get to attend.

There will be times that I publicly mention that I owe someone a phone call or plan to invade their territory while on a road trip. When I ask people about places to visit, stay or eat I am really interested in their answers. I have to sleep. I have to eat. I have to collect eye candy for my kids and blog. Do feel free to suggest stellar places. Don't feel free to attack your competition to get my attention or potential business. You have no idea who my friends all are and I only endorse what I've experienced and liked.

People don't pay me to write about them or their products. I write about what interests me, how I feel about random stuff and what I like. Once in a while I even write something useful that is real estate related (LOL).

If Twitter is nothing but a numbers game to you then move on and be happy not to follow me. The flashes of follow, un-follow, follow, un-follow to keep popping up to the top of my followers list will not entice me to follow you. Using programs that get accounts to auto follow you will only get you in trouble if enough people complain about it. Yes, I have set my alarm to rise early to answer e-mail and discovered I was following new people I never followed... That is always a bit disconcerting because I actually pay silent attention to the people I am following. I undo those when I do discover it because I like talking to the people I do follow when not lurking to see what they've been up to lately. I know more about a lot of you than you think but that's another blog post (LOL).

If you use Twitter to chat and share stuff that interests you then yeah, we can chat and share stuff and eventually follow each other across social media accounts... If you don't care about connecting with other people, even if only a handful of peeps, while the rest of the world lurks and engages in electronic conversation voyeurism then why are you there? Twitter is a useful communication services tool, not a reciprocal social media obligation...

I have nothing against marketing and sales... It's your presentation that makes or breaks you. I have made several purchases as a direct result of people sharing their stuff on Twitter. I think it's amazing. I'm very fond of a lot of my tweet peeps. :-)


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Comment balloon 2 commentsC Tann-Starr • June 12 2011 08:34AM


Interesting thought. I am not anywhere near 2222 nut have a balance of 900-950 of each which varies. I cannot imaginewhat the twitter feed would look like with a couple of thousand tweeters posting all day on mine. I have however really enjoyed getting to know a number of folks with similar interests (music, film, cooking, foodies etc.) and it has been a blast!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Russell, it is mad fun, isn't it? :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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