twitter communities/the living dead
For those of you who don’t know the Smashing Magazine Twitter, it’s pretty much set up like a direct feed of interesting links on web development. Because of that it garnered a pretty extensive base of followers. Current numbers are flirting with the 400.000 mark, so when they present a question on Twitter it reaches 400.000 people without any form of further social intervention. That’s a lot of possible replies, right?
I did my reply count a couple of days later, by then not many new replies where added to the list. Since it was the first time I was trying out filtering on hash tags, I really had no idea what the multitude of replies would be, but even then I couldn’t have imagined how poor the actual results looked. From a potential audience of roughly 400.000 people, came … 50 replies.
Emphasis in the original.
Some people think their Follower counts mean something.
They mean nothing.
Twitter has positioned itself for ephemerality. So why should this be a surprise?
Twitter is so unfocused, so just about fundamentally useless for lasting things, I marvel that anyone remains there at all and puts up with all the frustrations.
For the past several days, I’ve tweeted a few links to new blog posts. I think I’m going to stop that now.
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I’m still there but I agree. Follower counts are utter bullshit. I have no idea how many real people are following me.
Anyone can Follow. Hell, spammers do that. It’s *readers* that matter — and *engaged* ones at that.
I’m more disenchanted with all of it at present. Some days I just want to hit the delete button and disappear into obscurity from whence I came. Sorry for this tangent. I really came here to say:
As for your posts, you do realize that you can auto-tweet those straight from WordPress, right?
Yes, but I find such auto-tweeting intrusive and robotic and not what Twitter is supposed to be about. When I tweet a post, it’s from *me*, not software.
Well that settles it then. Carry on.
I went to the Smashing Magazine’s twitterstream. They look mechanized and unengaged. No wonder they don’t have any replies. It looks like nobody’s manning the store.
And yet it was a question they asked. And with that many followers … if that had been direct mail, the campaign would have been a disaster. Not even a 1% response rate!
If you have conditioned your follower list that your stream is auto-tweeted and detached, why in hell would you expect anyone to continue to pay attention to you?
Followers aren’t listed in any logical order and can’t be sorted. I only follow 1700 people (and I’m capping it at 2000) and I sure as hell am not a) paying attention to every single tweet b) going to go back into my following list to prune it unless a tweet catches my attention and I think, “Why am I following that person again?”
Nobody was paying attention because of the way they’d trained their followers. THAT is why they got no response to a specific question. Nobody knew they’d asked it.
Well, you wind up making my point again: Follower counts are useless because no one is reading.
Where you gonna go? Any plans?
I agree, though, you do a Tweet and it mentions say “burgers” you’ll get a fast food chain following you, follow on autopilot. That would be fine if you were a burger maker or fan of burgers.
The other thing is I NEVER liked the name Twitter and Tweeting. Look for something with a good name.
That Status.net might be worth a look.
>>>Where you gonna go? Any plans?
I am HERE.
Which may be brilliant as hell. It’s certainly clean.
Well, WordPress or any blogs … your OWN site … is best. I concluded I don’t want people hitting Facebook or Twitter, only my site, like it was back in the day – 2001, or whatever.
And you can guarantee if people comment, like I am now, they are reading you, which is what it is about.
Like you say, Twitter has no power, no intensity. And Facebook is a dead dog with a lot of money.
Shit, I missed the entire relevancy of this post, suggesting you do auto-tweets on top of that. Mea culpa. *slinking away now*
Ha. Don’t worry. That was this morning. Not enough caffeine!