I’ve been constantly lurking on Twitter for a couple of weeks now. Occasionally posting a message and interacting with some other Twitters.
To follow what’s going on, I also installed Twhirl, a free software program that pops up at your desktop if tweets are issued by those persons you are following on Twitter.
My experience with Twitter is that it’s distracting. Very distracting, as I’m used to focus on what I’m doing.
I prefer to work in blocks of an hour or so, then do something else for a few minutes and after that return to my tasks at hand.
That method is difficult to keep up when you’re on Twitter using Twhirl as the messages pop up every few minutes or so.
Yes, basically it’s the same as the pop up window of my RSS reader showing the latest blog post, but I can easily read the feeds and respond to them (much) later, or even the following day during a separate task that I’ve set.
Not so on Twitter. That is a real time messaging system and if you respond to an old tweet, it disturbs the flow of messages, reason why people have difficulties to follow ‘old’ messages. On Twitter, you need to respond quickly.
So, using Twitter requires another daily work approach – which I still find difficult to implement.
Apparently I’m not the only one. At his excellent DoshDosh blog, Maki mentions the same problem in 17 Ways You Can Use Twitter: A Guide for Beginners, Marketers and Business Owners.
Read that post to see what Twitter can do for you.
I do mention Maki’s blog on purpose. Because his tweets often make sense to me. Two days ago, one of his tweets caught my eye:
I thought that was an interesting approach and wanted to be part of it, certainly when I read his following tweet:
Since I was following Maki on Twitter, I expected to become part of his newly created ‘community’, but something went wrong there, I wasn’t.
So how to still get in touch with Maki? In a next tweet, he mentioned this:
But that’s was useless, because he wasn’t following me so he wouldn’t see my response. That’s why I didn’t respond to his tweet. And against my better judgement I tried a direct message, but -of course- to no avail. I sincerely wonder what I have done wrong here?
Anyway, I completely missed this opportunity and I felt very disappointed, all the more because what followed in the two days after that was a useful, highly interesting discussion between Maki and his followers about the benefits of using Twitter and similar platforms.
The disadvantage of such a discussion is, that I don’t follow everyone in Maki’s community, so whenever Maki responds to one of these tweets, I have to click the Twitter account of the respondent to see what was said.
That works, but my suggestion to Maki is to make it another blog post or even report. Valuable stuff!
I want to keep following Maki and maybe participate in some discussions. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to ask following: Maki, can you please add me to your following list at Twitter? 🙂
Finally, let me know your experiences about Twitter.
Do you use it? Add me to your ‘following’ list. And tell me about your experiences.
If you don’t use it, why not?
Post your response below.
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