Every once in a while, I’ll be on Twitter and start feeling glum. No one is talking to me, I think. No one new is following me. No one’s replying to my tweets. There’s a problem here, and that problem is me.
It never fails that if I notice a Twitter slump, it’s my own fault. Whenever I start feeling left out, I know it’s because I’ve gotten lazy. Twitter is not always the priority, so there’s nothing wrong with letting it lag when you have other things to focus on (that writing thing, anyone?), but sometimes we focus on Twitter and still feel dissatisfied. Those are the best times to take a step back and ask if there’s a good reason for this feeling.
Twitter is a social platform. Think of it as a party or large gathering. You can’t just stand in the middle of the room and talk; you have to go up to people and engage in conversations. You might get away with being the storyteller who draws people to you for a while, but eventually people will realize that you have no interest in others and wander away.
Today I’m going to cover the 5 most common shortcuts tweeps use, and why they can become a problem.
The Tweet and Run
We’re all guilty of this at some point. [Read more…]