When Tweeting Less Can Help You be a More Effective Twitter User

“How much do I need to Tweet each day to build a successful Twitter presence?”

I get this question a fair bit from new Twitter users and while I think Tweet frequency is an important topic (one I’ll cover in a future post here at TwiTip) I think that there’s another more important aspect of successful use of Twitter that I’ve not heard many people talk about…

Silence….. (cue the crickets and tumbleweed).

Regular tweets may well be an important part of successfully using Twitter but one thing that I’ve found equally important is regularly ‘not tweeting’.

Twitter-Silence
Four reasons come to mind:

1. Pausing in your tweeting creates room for your followers to respond

I once ‘followed’ someone on twitter who tweeted so much that as one of his followers I felt as though he really wasn’t interested in interacting with me because he was really having a conversation with himself. There was no real room for me to say anything because he tweeted so fast and on so many topics that – well I wasn’t needed.

2. Pausing in your tweeting can keep conversations from getting muddled

Tweet too quickly on too many topics and conversations quickly become muddled and confused on Twitter. The problem is that followers see your tweets at different times and respond to them as they see them. As a result you can be getting replies to multiple tweets that you’ve done all at once. Tweet too much and you can forget what you’ve tweeted.

3. Pausing in your tweeting gives you time to consider saying something worthwhile

If you’re tweeting fast and furiously there comes a point where…. you start tweeting jibberish. Take a break – pause – consider why you’re using Twitter, consider how your followers might be impacted by your tweets. Are you being useful? Are you saying anything worthwhile? If not – maybe it’s time to take a break and consider your next tweet.

4. Pausing in your tweeting can give your followers ‘tweet relief’

Sometimes incessant tweeting is just plain annoying for followers. I know from personal experience that on my most prolific days on Twitter where I’ve not given my followers (and myself) a break – that I’ve lost followers. It’s like when you go to a party and there’s one guy there who just talks and talks and talks all night – mainly about himself. Usually by the end of the night he’s in a corner with the one person who hasn’t been able to get away (or is too drunk to do so). No one likes a loud mouth. Take a break.

Sometimes less is more.

A few questions to ask yourself as you Tweet:

  • How much have I tweeted today?
  • Am I being useful to my followers?
  • Am I just tweeting for the sake of it or is there a point to my tweets?
  • Am I listening to my followers or just talking and listening to myself?
  • Should I make a note of the next tweet I’m tempted to post now and put it up later?

I’m interested to hear your thoughts – do you consider your tweet silences as well as your tweets?

Comments

  • November 4, 2008

    It’s kind of like when your grandma used to say that every word that crossed your lips should have to pass three gatekeepers:

    Is it true?
    Is it kind?
    Is it necessary?

    Twitter would be a pretty boring place if we followed those rules, but a lot of people seem to forget that there should be somerules.

    I like the idea of making a note to tweet it later. That way your really good stuff doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of replies and US election coverage.

  • November 4, 2008

    I just recently created my Twitter account. I had obviously heard a lot about it throughout the blogosphere and wanted to see what it was about. I find that even with the tiny amount of people I follow… it is hard to stay up to date with all of them. For the people who are following thousands… I have NO CLUE how they do it.

    If everyone could take a page from this post, well Twitter would be heaven. But right now, for me, it is too overwhelming to comprehend. That, or I am just a nub. I am a nub. Excited for this new blog Darren, keep up the great posts!

    - Jack Rugile
    Simple Sapien

  • November 4, 2008

    I’ve un-followed several people who seem to be having a conversation with themselves. It’s annoying, like too many commercials on the radio between songs! As Darren says, there’s no room for comment, and no useful information.

    On the other hand, people like @guykawasaki tweet a lot, but it’s always interesting, and usually includes a URL to look at.

    If you look at your tweets as being a service to others, it’s easier to avoid the frivolous. I probably tweet less than I could because I don’t want to join the ranks of those who annoy their followers.

    Where is the balance between tweeting too much or too little? At what point does the attempt at personal branding become a trigger for someone to un-follow you?

    Good food for thought, Darren!

  • November 4, 2008

    I agree with this too. When I get a new follower and they have 20 tweets in the last 10 minutes, I’m hesitant to follow them back because my timeline will be filled up with their tweets. This doesn’t mean you have to be silent, but not going “all out” is really important.

  • November 4, 2008

    All good points. And I agree with pp who said sometimes tweeters feel like they are having a conversation with themselves.

  • November 4, 2008

    This is something I’m thinking about, Darren–nice timing for me.

    The vast majority of my tweets are @replies to people, back and forth conversations. I’m torn between backing off and doing those through DM or embracing those conversations which are a big part of Twitter.

    If I were just streaming my thoughts, I’d know to throttle back, but as it is, I’m engaging with my followers and unsure if it’s too much. Thoughts?

  • November 4, 2008

    Yup, silence can be a good thing. I’ve stopped following several people just because they said too much and dominated the screen. This is especially true with those I follow on my cell phone — super tweeters just drown out everyone else and cause my cell phone to constantly beep at me.

  • November 4, 2008

    Good points Darren and commenters…

    I follow the rule of quality vs. quantity. To Darren’s point I try to add value to the community with each communication. Further I attempt to get to know others in my stream through Skype, phone and other offTweet avenues.

    John

    On Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeaston1

  • November 4, 2008

    Nicely written – unfortunately, the people who really need to read this are too busy tweeting non-stop!

    Quality not quantity…

  • November 4, 2008

    I agree that sometimes silence is best. My twitter peeve is the “self absorbed tweeter” . For example, I try to only send relevant blog posts or tips.. not every one of my posts. I had to un-follow a person recently because they constantly posted links about their online footprint…. You could tell they were only there for numbers and not to network and build relationships. Sometimes you should just have fun and put something useful out there without a link to yourself…

  • November 4, 2008

    I was just thinking about this, tweeting quality over quantity. I have on follower in particular who is that way. Each tweet, aside from the @s, is a gem…usually something quirky or funny. I’m more cut and dry, but I have been thinking about slowing down and interacting more.

    Thanks for the tips!

  • November 4, 2008

    I definitely feel that sometimes my twitter feed can get overrun by people having conversations with themselves, also I find that many of these twitter users will only tweet when they have a free 20 mins or so in their day, however that is the only time they tweet so it ends up being them catching up on a whole days worth of @replies and responses to other tweets, etc. A days worth of tweets all at once is no fun for people following you.
    Please try not to do this, it is annoying :)

  • November 4, 2008

    It’s like white space in advertising. It is critically important. Some folks that I follow will have nearly a dozen tweets in a row. In those cases, call me Mr. Skimmer. It decreases the value overall.

    Sometimes, less IS more.

    Cheers!

    George

  • November 4, 2008

    I think this is great advice! I don’t follow thousands of people, but I do follow quite a few, and I just wouldn’t be able to keep up in a meaningful way with everyone if everyone tweeted a bazillion times a day. So less is more, I think.

    Thanks for the blog!

    ~Angela :-)

  • November 4, 2008

    Pretty new to Twitter and I put it on my blog so everytime I post, it tweets. Was that a bad idea?

  • November 4, 2008

    I’m taking a lot of time to write twitter messages. Reread, correct, rephrase and it is a pleasure to follow people who mostly post the “essence ” of their important information instead of all the jibberish-spam ;-)

  • November 4, 2008

    I agree, I have unfollowed people before when I login and all I see is 10 tweets from them, makes it hard to keep up with anyone else!

  • November 4, 2008

    I have enjoyed Twitter thus far. An amazing array of characters out there. I’ve had time to meet a lot of quality peeps who are following me and I’m growing a list of people I like to follow.

    Great opportunity to share the latest and greatest going on with my business, with nutrition, with how to make money online. I’m increasing the number of people I follow gradually and have found that my followers are also gradually increasing.

    Best thing to do, is be yourself and provide quality information when you can.

  • November 4, 2008

    I think another great guidelines on frequency of Tweeting is asking yourself if your frequency is helping you build relationships. Sometimes, silence on Twitter doesn’t mean you’re not relating (it may just be somewhere else!) The DM function is great to keep things between people, and sometimes, I turn to regular old e-mail as well.

    WhileI try to make sure my tweets are value added I also keep in mind that part of the web of Twitter conversation that’s so fascinating is “eavesdropping” on other users, getting to know their followers, and seeing personality shine through more than content I’d find say, on someone’s blog. So when it comes to frequency and relationship building, I think that balance is key.

  • November 4, 2008

    You have rightly said – regularly ‘not tweeting’ is of utmost importance. I normally get bored with people who talk too much and that too about himself! In such cases, no option will be left but to unfollow him immediately. It is not quantity, but quality of tweets that matters.

    By the way, this is an interesting blog, Darren. Thank you for sharing..

    I’m on twitter as MeghnaK­­

  • November 4, 2008

    I also use Twitter to update my Facebook status.

    Pausing my Twitter account allows me to get more comments and feedback from Facebook followers. In general, I believe that people check Facebook far less than they check Twitter.

    Since I use Facebook for personal commenting, there is also a sense of separate but equal account usage.

  • November 4, 2008

    AMEN!! I follow a couple people in particular who could seriously benefit from this tip. But because we read each other’s blogs (which I do enjoy!), I can’t quite bring myself to do the hardcore “unfollow” move.

    Sigh.

    Silence IS golden sometimes.

  • November 4, 2008

    I find that the more people I follow the less tolerant I am of people who Tweet too often. I too have un-followed several people who seem to dominate my twitter home page with too many messages. I begin to wonder if those people have a life outside twitter.

    Once I see to much of that kind of thing I begin to be a lot more selective on who I follow. When I get notification that someone new is following me, I always take the time to look at what they’ve been tweeting about and if it is about the topics that seem interesting to me. If it’s not, I simply don’t return the follow. It it looks like a Twitter spammer, then I block them. I end up following about 60% of the people who follow me. After a while it gets to be too much to follow everyone but it can be fun seeing what’s going on at the moment with those who share my interests.

  • November 4, 2008

    Well said. Before I got to the end of your comment, I was thinking about the know-it-all who talks constantly. As Bill aptly says…”Brevity is the soul of wit”.

  • November 4, 2008

    I agree, I’ve unfollowed people, because they seem to carry a long, drawn out conversations with themselves that doesn’t seem to add any value to the Twitsphere. I’m cool with conversations, but the babble is annoying :-) Great tips!

  • November 4, 2008

    Great post Darren. I find sometimes I just tweet to tweet, and I know that’s not the best use of Twitter. Thanks for the reminder. Lately I’ve been thinking of only tweeting when I actually have something worthwhile to say.

  • November 4, 2008

    Good points Darren. I keep following you because you have good content and you don’t over do it. I do follow some who over-tweet but since I like them, I keep following – they have interesting information too.

    I just hope I can manage to do the same.

    John

  • November 4, 2008

    Hi Darren, people that tweet too much is very annoying. Not only that, but those who post new articles umpteen times a day and have twitter set up to display each and every new post is ridiculous. Sometimes one person’s “tweets” for new posts take up much of the twitter screen.

    I personally enjoy tweeting or doing “retweets” of great posts done by others, rather than self-promoting my own blog posts all the time.

    Providing real value to others, as well as building personal relationships on twitter is my primary focus.

  • November 4, 2008

    I will unfollow people (twits) who dominate my twitter pages. It just makes my twitter reading too long, and then I end up skipping a bunch of tweets. That’s annoying.

    I also unfollow twits who are only promoting themselves…constantly! I would rather get to know the person and develop a reason that I want to buy their goods/services. I know that their URL is in there bio if I want to look at it, so I find it extremely annoying to have post after post of : “Check out my art @ http://www….” followed by: “I did more art today, see it @ http://www...” I don’t even care if I like their art, they are unfollowed!

  • November 4, 2008

    I don’t follow many people, I have more followers. I only follow people that I can learn from and pass that on to my followers. That’s not to sound cold, but to just follow someone because they are following you isn’t what I think Twitter is about. I think it’s more like a pipeline and your followers are not necessarily following the people that you are and so they won’t learn the same information. This information you can pass on.

    I like to tweet new things that I’m learning, and include the web address that I found the information on. I do tweet personal info on what I’m doing now and then to keep it friendly and personal too.

  • November 4, 2008

    Humbling thoughts, Darren, and logical. I’m among the guilty parties. This tactic will definitely improve my twixperience and help to slow down output. You’re saving the sanity of thousands of followers and Twitter itself. Perhaps in return this blog can be listed in their FAQ as required reading for new arrivals.

  • November 4, 2008

    I must say I’m guilty of tweeting a whole barrage in a row. I just get overstimulated some days and flood my twitter account :-)

    Awesome new blog Darren!

  • November 4, 2008

    This applies to real life conversations as well. Normally I tend to phase out those who can’t keep their mouths shut. However, those who normally don’t speak often, tend to have more valuable things to say. Even if it’s not valuable, it definitely grabs my attention more. See Silent Bob.

  • November 4, 2008

    I generally twitter at the same approximate time daily according to my stats. I twitter off and on daily, but the bulk is later in the day. That is when people want to say hello to me and vice versa. When my comments don’t have a lot of bang for the tweet, are more personal, private networking, I simply use the DM to keep my public tweets under control. I can twitter mostly by DM and not have that overwhelming public appearance as seen by some.

    Also, I am using TweetDeck to have more management over my replies. If I am having a conversation with 2 or more, I check the blocks and have a column with their replies only in that column.

    I do agree that silence is also golden for other reasons. When you reappear, it makes the conversation fresh and not the same old banter. New topics emerge and you can reconnect with others without dreading the same old crap being discussed.

    Ginger
    AttentionTargetShoppers.com

  • November 4, 2008

    Those are great tips. I tend to unfollow people who spew-tweet. It’s really hard to digest sometimes.

    @chrispugh me

  • November 4, 2008

    Firstly, congrats n best of luck for the new blog. Cool domain name and nice setup as well. New home for Darren. hehe…

    Regarding, twitter, m still quite new to it, though i’ve been using twitter for quite a few months now, around 6 months or so. Still gotta get more outta twitter. Thanks for your tips.

    Cheers.

  • November 4, 2008
    Jackie Jackson

    I am going to read this article after commenting. Just wanted to drop in and say….’ This blog is based on a fantastic idea and infact this is the birth of a brand new niche’, I always hoped and prayed that a top level blogger give us some twitter tips n all. Totally thrilled. n best of luck.

  • November 4, 2008

    Talk about tied to your PC! I love your blogging tips, so your extra effort to run this blog too is really appreciated. Most of my quality posts or videos are snatch right from Twitter because reading twitter info is better than creating twitter info. In my short time using it, my website has more twitter followers than feedburner subscriptions. It also appears people like it when you say personal things too, like”just watched a great show…”, conversations starters are key.

  • November 4, 2008

    I agree with you 100%.

    I am sick of these people that keep tweeting rubbish. It takes up my entire page in twitter and it makes it hard to follow what is happening with other twitter users. What also annoys me is people that welcome every new twitter user they get with a tweet. The people that take a welcome seriously send me a DM.

    It makes it really hard to follow anyone that tweets so much all the time. Quality is the key. I initially thought i wasn’t tweeting enough, but I am going to ensure that my tweets are more quality than quantity.

    Cheers,
    Kris

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/kristoforlawson

  • November 4, 2008

    I love Problogger and I think TwiTip is going to be a great success! I agree, less is definitely more. I think it’s important to have something to offer, like a url or advice. Of course it’s also nice to simply share a joyous moment or sometimes a sad or frustrating or just an amazing thing that’s happened.
    But quality over quantity should always be the rule. I like the suggestion of putting a tweet aside and waiting, though I tend to always decide in the negative when I do that.

    Swimturtle
    On Twitter: http://twitter.com/swimturtle

    I am preparing a post in one of my blogs on the use of twitter as a tool to do something totally unrelated to blogs, the internet or twitter itself. A “real world” tool. When I finish and publish it, I’ll come back and let you guys know!

  • November 4, 2008

    Okay, quick question, if someone can advise. Since I only use from my computer and don’t sit all day JUST twittering, most of my posts are comments or responses,usually in a row. Bad idea??

  • November 4, 2008

    @Cindy C. Many people do that. It’s ok as long as you say something like,”sorry for the delay”.
    :)

  • November 4, 2008

    I use Twitter for more than one purpose.

    1. I use it to communicate between groups of online friends. Messages like “see you at the meetup on Friday”, or “hey, gas is only $1.50 a gallon here today”

    2. My wife and I use it to communicate a lot. We could use regular SMS, but we have Tweetdeck installed on our home and office machines, and it’s easier than using the phone keypad.

    3. I use it, like many, to post URLs I think are interesting.

    4. I have twitterfeed on some of my Wordpress blogs, so when I post something it gets Tweeted.

  • November 4, 2008

    I find this a really great post to remind us to slow down when we’re too caught up with Twittering. Sometimes we got to take a step back to think in favor of your audience than your own self obsession.

  • November 4, 2008

    Excellent post, Darren.

    Sometimes I wonder if I tweet enough, but you are absolutely right about avoiding looking like that blabbermouth at a social gathering.

    Congrats on starting this blog. We all could benefit from more twitter tips! Twitter is my favorite social networking site. :-)

    I appreciate you.
    Dali Burgado

  • November 4, 2008

    Establishing margin in anything is so important and overlooked far too often. I like leaving space between my tweets so that I can actually read what others have written and engage in those as well! Good post.

  • November 4, 2008

    being new at twitter. sometimes you want to be heard and seen so you might tweet too much.
    but your pt is well taken. I will practice silence and see how it goes…not sure of all the rules yet ..willing to learn…..thanks for the helpful advise……….

    on Twitter:http://twitter.com/lollydaskal

  • November 4, 2008

    Twitter is a perfect vehicle for haiku. Many are creating #haiku. Haiku is about sharp insights punctuated by deep space.

    @ken_wagner

  • November 4, 2008

    To put it simply: Nobody cares what you ate for lunch.

  • November 4, 2008

    It comes down to a matter of preference and taste. I’ve discovered many people don’t tweet all day, rather they log on and check things out, reply to some tweets, post some of their own and log off again. I don’t unfollow many people, unless they really get annoying. Instead I use tweetdeck to create groups of people that I follow. That makes it more manageable.

    A common misconception is that just because you follow someone you must keep current on all their tweets. That will quickly drive you crazy. Compare it to real life… you couldn’t possibly keep tabs on all of your friends’ various conversations with each other during the course of a day, instead you interact with them on common topics and small bits and pieces.

    I guess it really depends upon the purpose you are using Twitter for.

    And by the way, can anyone tell me how Twitter is monetized? Who is paying for it? How are they making money? Just curious.

  • November 4, 2008

    Point #3 particularly resonates with me.

    It’s not just thinking about what you’re going to say, but how *what* you say is going to impact the person who’s listening. In the case of tweets, I’m sharing a point of view with my audience (the rest of the twitterverse). I expect that point of view to invoke an opinion from my followers (preferably a positive one). If however I consistently drive negative opinions, either I’m a bitter person or my tweets require a pause and some rethinking on how I communicate. (I’m not a bitter person by the way, I’m simply making a point. Did it make sense?)

  • November 5, 2008

    When I first started Twittering months ago, I had a tendency to follow just about anyone who I thought shared the same interests as myself or whom I thought would Twitter useful and/or helpful information. Since then, I’ve cut down not only who I follow but also who I use to follow due to them Twittering about useless stuff. Not to be snarky, but who really cares that you had a hamburger for dinner or that you just finished watching The Office.

    I think the key with using Twitter is not how often you use it, but what you have to say when you Twitter.

    Wesley
    The Geek Entrepreneur

  • November 5, 2008

    I talk to a number of folks on Twitter. Some are tech types, some are friends, some are family. So, sometimes I’ll be discussing what I’m having for dinner with a group of friends. Even Dave Winer is tweeting about having peach pie and pecan pie right now !

    Seriously though. I tweet what I want to tweet, from the sublime to the ridiculous from sensible to silly, and all points inbetween. I do not self-censor it, beyond not using offensive terms or cussing, as I realize I cannot control whose eyes my Tweets might reach.

    I don’t expect anyone to tweet stuff that I will find interesting 100% of the time in any case, or they’d be my clone! There’s a point at which the s/n ratio means I unfollow them, but then one persons noise is another persons signal.

    For example, I followed someone the other day as she had posted an interesting message. I usually go and check out their tweets first, but on this occasion I didn’t. I then got a thank you for following me with a marketing link in, and then about another half dozen marketing links during the day. I think to send marketings links in a welcome message is a bit rude, and I don’t mind getting some self-promotional links – we’re all trying to make a living in this world. What I do find is noise, is when I get nothing else but those. You’ll rapidly get unfollowed.

  • November 5, 2008

    I have an avid addiction to being useful with my internet journey and knowledge and a passion for answering q&a for Yahoo Answers. In fact, it is the only remaining Yahoo service that is important to me. So keeping the young and misguided web-wannabees on track, even upstaging so-called TOP CONTRIBUTORS with my correctness :) is a habit. Someone’s question described themselves as recently ‘broken up’ from a relationship and wanted to know the best social sites on the web. I could depend on the entire q&a crew to answer Facebook, MySpace and a few others but Twitter was absent.

    This was my response and twitter introduction:

    “without a doubt the most social site on the web today is keeping it short and sweet and by passing the bells and whistles of social networks like myspace and blogs.

    It is called twitter and you should do some homework to learn how ‘twitter’ etiquette. To begin, sign up and also bookmark http://search.twitter.com

    There you can search for keywords of your interests like ‘the Killers’, or ‘Kanye West’ or a favorite brand of shoes like ‘Puma’ and see who is chatting about this online. Then if someone’s ‘tweet’ interests you it is okay to FOLLOW them. They may or may not respond by FOLLOWING you but later you discover they may not be aware of your interest. Unless you use ‘@reply’ to send them a kind message and introduction.

    The secret of twitter is 140 WORDS OR LESS. Any message you submit will be seen for a few seconds on the site’s front page and permanently cached in twitter history for searching. Twitter has millions of users and in those few seconds maybe hundreds of people will see your LIVE MESSAGE.

    Here are some good reads about twitter:

    http://www.twitip.com/
    http://www.jeffwoelker.com/2008/10/23/7-habits-of-highly-successful-twitterers/

  • November 6, 2008

    Great advice here Darren, I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve stopped following because they seem to think it important to tweet about anything and everything. I don;t want to know about what they had for lunch and certainly don;t want to be reading tweets they send between each course!
    Only thing is, having just discovered this blog I tweeted it, then I just had to follow it with a tweet to this post! Ironic huh?
    R.

  • November 6, 2008

    Surely if you don’t want people to tweet you don’t subscribe to their tweeting?

  • November 7, 2008

    Some folks get so uptight about other Twitters Tweets.

    Some folks are using Twitter to try and forge business links, some just to chat to a group of friends.

    I’ve got more important things in life to worry about than a Twitter who tells me what they’ve had for lunch. If I find their general level of tweets to not be of interest to me, I unfollow, but I don’t get uptight about a lunch menu, if the general level of their tweets are interesting.

    I rapidly unfollow folks who send me NOTHING, but their own marketing or self-promo links. No Big deal, but you bore me. Go away. Unfollowed. End of story.

  • November 15, 2008

    I’m finding the website to be very helpful and useful for new tweeters! This information (article) also causes me to think a bit on *twitter etiquette* We need to remember to keep it as much as possible in this new twit social media era. Sometimes I tweet a little and sometimes I tweet quite a bit. I think the longer we and our followers share that mutual understanding of give and take, it allows room for people to be themselves without the fear of being unfollowed if they over twitter a bit from time to time. I prefer to give a bit and put up with a few more tweets than for people to overall not be themselves. I love the interaction and sharing aspect of twitter! :o ) We should try to picture it this way, like inviting our followers into our homes and being hospitable. I like that perspective. :o )

  • November 22, 2008

    This blog is in the process of rapidly developing into a preeminent, authoritative guide of all tweeters. I am in the process of systematically reading this ENTIRE blog. It is definitely worth my time, and I am already encouraging all of my social media-related friends to read it and to subscribe to it!

    If you want to be an appreciated tweeter, just take time to think about what you’re about to tweet. Tweet then follow up with lots of whitespace. Think of your audience at all times.

    Everyone have an excellent day.

    Darren: This blog is really taking off, big-time!! Keep up your great work! I’m learning a lot from reading it and all of the informative comments!

  • July 21, 2009

    thanks very much for this. As someone who recently got “involved” with twitter (lets face it, joining and USING/getting involved in twitter are two very different things) you have a lot of questions and it’s easy to assume the wrong thing

    thanks again!

  • July 31, 2009

    I use Twitter primarily to post links to new blog posts, articles and products on my websites. To me, it’s just another way for people to keep up with my website (if they so choose) instead of subscribing to a newsletter. I try to post sparingly and not overwhelm people. I have a number of twitter accounts set up for my various websites so people can subscribe if they are interested in say, yoga, or the environment, or Reiki.

    I also subscribe very sparingly to other informational Twitter accounts. That is, accounts that share information and links that are of interest to me. But if I login and find one person has dominated the timeline with 20+ tweets in a row, I unsub. It means I can’t find what anyone else is saying. It would be nice if Twitter had a way to filter people so you’d only see their most recent post and a note to “expand” if you wanted to see all 200 zillion of their latest tweets.

    Finally…I don’t “get” this thing of using Twitter to communicate between people – this is what I have IM and email and phone and text messaging for (why on earth would I want to have a conversation between myself and a friend so public)? I still can’t figure out how I can easily find out when someone has asked me a question re: Twitter…I just found one today posted in March that I had no clue was there. (There seems to be no notification of these Tweets when you sign in to Twitter if you happened to miss it in the timeline.)

    So this idea that Twitter should be about “community” doesn’t resonate with me at all…I use it to share information and get information. I get my community elsewhere.

    Namaste.

  • March 16, 2010

    Hey, I just actually created an article on twitter and how often people should post. Would love to get some feedback from you after reading your article, here is the link to the article http://amitography.com/?p=52

  • December 22, 2010

    Define “pause”… Is it seconds, minutes, hours, days? A fun question to pose is all.. I promise I’m not a fiend.

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