I have to make a confession. I hate Twitter. Hate is such a strong word, but Twitter is a blackhole, sucking the life out of me. For months I have been trying to figure out how people have time to tweet, as I hardly even have time to check my email most days!
A few months ago I shared some Twitter tools that can help your church. I finally had the time to put these tools to use, and now I am making a move to become more active and deliberate with Twitter. But the first thing I needed to do, is fix my Twitter account that I screwed up years ago.
How I Screwed Up My Twitter Account:
When I first created my Twitter account, I really had no idea how to use the service. I didn’t take any time to develop a plan, or look into what it really was. So I did what most people did, I picked a user name, imported my friends, and sent out my first tweet. Then, just like a lot of people, I left Twitter alone for months.
My brother-in-law later told me that he was connecting with some people he would never have the chance to otherwise and it was all thanks to Twitter. So I proceeded to do the worst thing I could do: I set up an auto-follow account with some third-party app.
Basically, this app would look for specific keywords that people were tweeting, and follow them. In all my brilliance, I decided that keywords like: “website design” were awesome, and in a short time, I had 1000 followers!
While 1000 followers sounds great, the quality of the people I was following was awful. I didn’t know that so many “life coaches” existed in the world, and I was following ALL of them!
A few tips on your Twitter account:
Focus on following users who share similar interests.
When I setup my Twitter account, I should have spent more time following people I care to hear from: designers, developers, pastors, and missionaries.
Don’t obsess over how many followers you have.
I wouldn’t have screwed up my Twitter account if my pride didn’t tell me I needed as many followers as possible. Take the time to invest in the followers you do have.
Don’t follow back everyone.
I know some would argue with me, but I firmly believe that you need to follow only those people that you care to hear from, and interact with. Just because someone follows you, does not mean I always want to hear what they have to say.
Share good stuff.
I think the huge value in Twitter is the amount of cool stuff people share. Be one of those people. As you find new stuff online, share it! I really could careless about what you are eating.