Twitter Thoughts And DoshDosh

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:

dosh dosh twitter policy

I thought that was an interesting approach and wanted to be part of it, certainly when I read his following tweet:

dosh dosh follow policy

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:

dosh dosh reply

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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9 thoughts on “Twitter Thoughts And DoshDosh

  1. Case Stevens says:

    @Paula Maki has responded on Twitter and added me to his list. Thanks a bunch for hooking me up. Indeed, funny thing that Twitter!

    @Doug I thought that wouldn’t work, just too easy. Tried it with a DM, but no avail. Thanks for the tip!
    BTW, do WE have a relationship? 🙂

  2. Case Stevens says:

    @Art It’s even worse… you just can’t use Twitter because you easily exceed the 140 available characters. 🙂

  3. Evelyn Lim says:

    I’m not on twitter and was thinking of checking it out some couple of days later. Judging by your feedback, now I’m thinking twice. I’ve got enough on my plate and don’t need another distraction as it is. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Case Stevens says:

    @Aurelius That’s a response I like very much! Glad to be of help. Let us know how you’re doing, ok?

    @Ronda You express my initial feelings. And using Twitter means you also have to accept a certain level of self promotion from Tweeters. However, following them let you be among the first persons to know about new posts, ideas, developments etc. And you can use that, e.g. being the first to stumble a valuable post, driving traffic back from your SU account.
    Also, you’ll be amazed how many experienced Tweeters will discuss matters with you.
    My main problem still is the distraction thing. Have to get used to that.
    Otherwise I’m beginning to see the sheer value of Twitter.

  5. Case Stevens says:

    @Evelyn, Darlene and others:
    On Twitter, Maki just posted a link to an instructive video that I added at the bottom of the post. You may want to check that one out and reconsider your decision. 🙂

  6. Case Stevens says:

    @Walt You can increase your chances of winning the lottery by buying a ticket more often. Same with Twitter by the way.

    @Lasse I remember Lasse, I’ve been following you since too!
    Looking forward to meet you again in Spain.
    I suggest we make it a party this summer. And let’s have some more people there. Are you in?

  7. Irish Gifts says:

    I love Twitter, in fact it may turn out to be a revolution in social media. Many internet marketers are starting to use it as a blatant means of promotion though, so that might just spell doom.

  8. Irish Gifts says:

    I also forgot to mention that several entrepreneurs are planning to bring out a Twitter clone with additional features. How good is that? 🙂

  9. Hunter Jackson says:

    I absolutely love twitter. i do not want a twitter clone such as plurk or any of the others. I feel as far as social media marketing goes…twitter will lead the pack very soon!

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