I Have Questions About Twitter
My confession: Twitter really confuses me! All through high school and college I avoided it like the plague because it was the snobby cool thing to do (sigh) and now when I want to join in the book blogging discussions, I don’t know what I’m doing D: . I’ve read the how-to’s and mostly understand what to do with @, but only kinda #. But now I’m left with etiquette questions about Twitter that pertain mostly to what all the awesome book bloggers that I’m trying to chat with expect.
Introduce Yourself or Just Talk?
So you know when you are watching your Twitter feed and someone that you haven’t talked to before (and don’t completely remember following, but evidently you did) says something interesting? It feels a bit intrusive to butt in to a pre-existing conversation with my thoughts, but I do want to join in. Or perhaps there isn’t a pre-existing conversation, the blogger is just making a statement, but I still haven’t talked to them previously so they feel like a stranger on the street with a cool shirt. It’s a little weird to just go up and start talking about their shirt ya know? So on Twitter, do you expect new people to introduce themselves at least briefly before launching in to a conversation? Or are you okay with completely new people just responding to you?
Replying After Hours/Days
Sometimes I’ll see that someone responded to a tweet hours after they did so, or even the next day. I get the email notifications still because otherwise I’m worried I will completely miss everything and seem more anti-social that I am >.>. However when I then respond back, I find that I barely every get a continued reply. I realize that Twitter isn’t really meant to be a place for drawn out conversations over the course of days, but sometimes I really do want to continue the conversation even though we aren’t on at the same time. Am I being completely silly by tweeting back hours later? Should I just send an email if it’s that important to me? Often it’s not that it’s important enough for an email, I just want to keep talking to that person. This is also a problem since I keep strange hours as a student and am often not on Twitter at the “hot” times of the evening. How do I connect with people when we’re never on at the same time??
Tweet Old Post
I started using the WP plugin Tweet Old Post a while ago because it seemed like a good idea and some bloggers swear by it. However, I’ve noticed there might be two opposing opinions on this one. If I see other people posting automated tweets too often, I get annoyed and I’m sure many of you do as well. I’ve even see whole blog posts about how annoying automated tweets are. I’ve tried to cut down my Tweet Old Post settings so that they only go two or three times a day, so that my overall automated tweet count is at a max of four (since I also have new posts auto-tweeted). How do you feel about this and other automatic tweets like Buffer? Is this a great way to get more blog traffic or a horrible annoyance? Have you ever unfollowed people because of too many automated tweets? How many is too many?
This is related to the above, but from the other angle. Do you find tweets announcing new posts at a blog useful? Do you keep track of any of your blogs that way? Or are you already following a blogger through email/RSS/etc and a tweet about a new post is old news/annoying? Besides using Twitter to chat with other bloggers/readers, I have mostly assumed that it is useful to tweet about my newest post at least once a day so that people who don’t necessarily follow me another way can see if they are interested. However, this adds to the number of automated tweets that might not spark any conversation. Do you think this is a good use of Twitter or not the point?
All right, those are my main questions and I really would love to know what you think about them. What do you use Twitter for? Do you have any questions about Twitter that you want to add to the discussion?
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