I have always tended to view Twitter in the same way as an RSS feed – it’s a distribution mechanism rather than a forum for exchange.
When I get a DM, a retweet or a mention, it’s nice and I try to reply but otherwise, there are just way too many tweets streaming past to pay attention.
But I think I may be making a mistake.
My hypothesis is that the problems I have with Twitter arise from the obsessive pursuit of quantity (how many followers) rather than quality (the type of interaction I have with people on Twitter).
So, this is what I’m doing in my experiment:
- Unfollowing most people, except people I know, have interacted with on my blog or elsewhere, do business with or find genuinely interesting (or I accidentally click on the wrong button!)
- Repeat until the number of tweets falls to a reasonable volume each day, perhaps 100-200
- Keeping a Twitter window open on my desktop
- Continue posting original, interesting content from my blogs to Twitter
- But also make more effort to RT other people’s tweets and comment
- And also write one or two tweets a day specifically for Twitter
My criteria for success are after, say, two weeks:
- I begin to find Twitter interesting, useful and worthwhile
- I reconnect with people that I had lost touch with
- It provides some interesting material for my blog, my work or my personal life
So, let’s see what happens. Tweet me @mstibbe with your comments, thoughts and tips!