Or Monday; or 5 for 5 on Friday or whatever combo I end up doing. I am going to publicly go on the record to state I want more twitter followers and I’m ok with Klout. There, I said it and if that changes your opinion of me, then too bad so sad but I’m edgy like that and that’s how I roll.
But you you have to do more than just show up
Yes, just showing up is my MO and that is about how pro-active I’ve been in seeking out followers. If someone follows me, regardless of how they found me, I will do a cursory check and see if I want to follow back.
I’m looking for real people I can engage with. If someone is selling me hard on something I have no interest in, I probably will not follow back. I don’t mind you pimpin’ your business, but if I have the feeling you are shouting your pitch at me, I will just move on.
If I’m comfortable there is potential for ‘engagement’ I will follow back. The problem with this method is, it is very, very slow and I only get to pick from the people that show up.
However, if I see you are one of ‘those people‘ who don’t follow very many, that tells me all I need to know. This tells me there will be little or no engagement and been there, done that when I first got into twitter…..boring; no thanks.
I’m willing to bet at least 9 out of every 10 new followers are showing up at my place by some automated means. I did finally download Qwitter, and it shows me at least a third of these people are gone as quickly as they arrive. Some of the chicks are pretty hot though……..:).
The new me
I am randomly going to seek out 10 new people to follow this week. I haven’t established my ‘search‘ criteria yet, but will come up with something. And to copy a method Gini used when she started out, she selected a new group each week and pro-actively engaged with each one. Depending on the level of reciprocity ultimately determined if they were ‘keepers’ for her or not.
Sounds like a good model to me so I’m going to give it a try. I’m still not hung up on reaching ‘big’ numbers, but would definitely like to increase with some ‘real’ numbers.
And you think I’m going to buy your book?
I have followed and engaged with a few, who seem to barely acknowledge my efforts. They have never reciprocated in any form or fashion other than sometimes reply to a comment I have left at their place. Which is fine, because I can just pack my bags and leave at any time.
What I don’t understand is, how hard is it to follow back? I’m sure they know when I have ‘followed’ so they can do their cursory check. Does my twitter bio look that bad? Do I look like a crappy follower? I changed my Avatar………..can you say ‘green booger?’
Ok, maybe the whole follow/unfollow gig is totally passe in social now. But if you already have 10,000+ people you follow back, are you telling me my bio and platform was so horrific, you wouldn’t touch it with a 10′ pole? It’s not like I’m some random autobot; you have seen me a time or two so you know I’m real. And you are out there selling books in which you need a ‘community’ to support you; you think that makes me want to help you out? Ha, I say…….
Is follow/unfollow so ‘old school’ that it is really irrelevant now? How do you approach new arrivals; is it different than what you did in the early days? Do you try to grow your community by adding new people? Because the ‘life-span’ in social can be so fleeting, do you think it’s important to add new people to keep your community fresh?
I love Klout, really
I got 3 free pizzas; a full season of Mob Wives on disc; a South Land poster; and some body lotion. See, I knew I could monetize my online efforts; what’s not to like? I don’t care what my Klout score is, I’m a winner.
We’ll see who’s laughing after I get my new car.
I will be stalking…….er, uh locating new members this week and if you get a Klout mention from me just know it’s all about me…….and not you.
I’m all about community, so yes, I still am interested in meeting AND following new peeps. That should still be a good thing, right? If you know of anyone worthy, send them my way.