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Do you ever find yourself scrolling through the home feed or one of your lists, looking for a little bit of conversation, only to find link after link after link? Sometimes, I just want to be able to reply to a tweet without having to read a blog post first. That got me thinking.
If I, a member of the Twitter audience, don’t always have (or want to take) the time to click on a link and read the article before responding or retweeting, then why should I expect my audience would have a different sentiment? I came to the conclusion that only tweeting links asks a lot of your audience.
I’m guilty! This post is as much as a confession as an admonition. Including work, I have three Twitter accounts and four blogs. Though I’m not on a regular blogging schedule, I’m producing content and, of course, I want people to read it.
It’s so easy for us news junkies to read an article and tweet it out. The blogger junkies write blogs and tweet it out. And after a while, if you look at your own feed, you may realize that you are, indeed, a linker. Maybe it’s a good time to mix up your content. Carol Stephen discuses it in her blog post, “Tweeting for Engagement: Links Versus Text?” In the comments she brings up a good point:
“I like the idea of having tweets that are complete thoughts, that require very little of your audience as far as clicking and reading~that idea seems considerate.” Carol Stephen
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When I was in college studying to be a teacher (that lasted a year), the cliché phrase everyone batted around was “be a lifelong learner.”
Passion for knowledge is what makes you a great teacher, but being teachable comes from self-awareness and the humility to grow as a person. They’re not necessarily correlated.
Stagnant water, after a period of time, begins to attract bugs and decay. So it’s no wonder that when we stop learning, we stop finding ideas. They hide from us in the depths of the shadows, like a horrible game of cat and mouse.
Historically, where do ideas come from? (You should totally watch this video from Steven Johnson.) Most often through cross-pollination and/or collaboration.
“Allowing yourself to cross-pollinate will make your ideas stronger. And it gets you out of the tired ‘same old’ marketing all of your competitors are doing.” Sonia Simone of CopyBlogger in “Five Marketing Lessons You Can Learn from a Weird ‘Real World’ Business“
Don’t stop learning.
“I’m not an expert and I aspire never to be one. As Frank Lloyd Wright rightly put it, “An expert is a man who has stopped thinking because ‘he knows.’”. Brain Pickings began as my record of what I was learning, and it remains a record of what I continue to learn – the writing is just the vehicle for recording, for making sense.” Maria Popova as interviewed by Copyblogger
For most people this means reading. My attention span likes 300-500 word blogs and whatever books I do read are non-fiction, but it’s rare. If you’re like me, you need other ways to learn that don’t require a library card.
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Social media experts are known for their opining. Like it or not, extreme positioning tends to garner both positive and negative attention.
As a dispensary of “unsolicited advice” I’ve made the enemy or two in my day. My thought, however, is this: why not experiment around?
One thing we can count on in social media is that trends, platforms, and accepted notions change over time.
By now, most people know what I think of Twitter’s Retweet Button.
But there is an element of style in the retweet. Style in tweeting is like jeans – there’s a fit for everyone.
1. Old School RT
This is traditionally done by clicking reply on a tweet, copying the text of the original tweet, and pasting after the user’s name. Then you put “RT” in the front of the tweet and click send.
Hootsuite and Tweetdeck (as well as their rival third party apps) have buttons that make this much easier. In Hootsuite, however, you have to change the settings for this retweet style to be activated.
On Twitter mobile this is called “Quote Tweet.” I still don’t get why they don’t have that option on the web version, but I digress. Read more ›
Nothing sets me on edge like the retweet button.
Twitter shot themselves in the foot when they took an organic, user-generated syntax (the retweet) and made a button for it.
Sure, maybe I lose credibility in your eyes because I don’t have an MBA in Marketing but I have been tweeting since 2007, in the BRTB days (before retweet button).
Now, you can take my advice or you bounce from the blog. But my perspective is always to be a help.
I’ll start with the benefits of the Retweet Button.
- People like to be able to say that their tweet was retweeted x amount of times. Even I have fallen into this trap from time to time.
- Some tweets are just too awesome or too long to edit in order to Retweet.
- People claim it curbs traffic on Twitter. I’m not sure if that’s actually true but I’ll capitulate to the point for the purpose of this post.
Here are some of the reasons why I don’t use Twitter’s Retweet Button:
When a “reply” suffices as in a case where “You’re welcome” or “Thank you” are appropriate responses, the retweet makes you look lazy. Yep, I said it.
Now, don’t get your feelings all hurt, I’m not going to call anyone out and show screenshots or anything. Just think before you press “retweet.” Is it the appropriate response? Remember, Twitter is for conversations, not just mirroring a statement back to the original sender. Read more ›
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“They” say that if you’re in a rut, stop digging.
Are you talking to the same people over and over and over again?
Do you only spend time on Twitter in your “mentions” column?
We all have days where we’re trying to just get by and, believe me, I’m the one who says you can maintain your account in five minutes a day, but that’s not going to help you grow.
Whenever I start to feel like I’m in a rut, I am reminded of this Tweet from Scott Stratten:
If Twitter is about relationships, then it logically follows that relationships take work. That does take time.
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