When you look at your twitter stream does it put you in mind of an overgrown, uncared for garden? Do you have lots of spam, inane, insignificant, and mundane tweets? Are a large percentage of the people you follow inactive? And what about fakes; followers added to twitter accounts you follow to give the impression of a large following, when in reality there is no or even negative value there?
Some gardens are so buried in weeds, you’re not even able to see the flowers! Depressing, when there is so much potential beauty, all obscured. Some twitter streams are just like that!
This post was inspired by @HireInfluence
I met @hireinfluence on the twitter chat #mediachat hosted by @Kilby76 last week. After participating in the ebb & flow of the conversation about Hireinfluence, where modern-day sales and marketing professionals get discovered, I signed up (during the chat I might add!) and among other things checked my twitter stats…. Interesting; it showed 1% fakes, 5% inactive and 94% active (and engaging) ~ I’m not boasting here, but it made a point, that weeding and pruning your twitter stream pays off.
Pruning also pays off big time in my landscaping!
This is my gardening strategy
Late winter, I focus on pruning and weeding. I don’t let things get out of hand; in order to get a head start on a maintenance strategy. As soon as the weeds show, they are removed. I prune the tangled, previous years old growth, and the dead wood. I also try to shape my pruning “artistically” whenever possible.
I mulch heavily, which discourages new weeds. As spring and summer progress, I get out each week and prune the dead and pull the few weeds that dare to resist the mulch!
How I apply my gardening strategy to twitter
I am focused on building a quality twitter stream, and it’s very similar to maintaining a garden. I spend time each week/month checking new follows to see if I want to follow back, and I follow those who engage with me in chats (after checking them out). Every so often I use a twitter tool, which highlights those who are inactive and gives me the option to delete. Most of my weeding and pruning is based on my personal observation skills, and the criteria I have designed for my twitter strategy.
What if you follow a zillion people on twitter?
It makes sense for those with humungous numbers of followers and people they follow to use the available tools, just as you would scale up and use tools when managing the landscaping of a very large estate.
You can organize your followers into categories, and view and target those you actually want to engage with. This is especially useful and important if you are using twitter for Biz. There are tools and twitter clients, both the usual ones and others like @Bottlenoseapp and @OneQubeMe that can do just that..
What happens when you don’t follow everyone back?
The follow back policy has been an ongoing discussion ever since I committed to twitter. @markwschaefer wrote about his follow-back strategy years ago, and I assume he is still “following” it. I remember Mark said the reason to follow just about everyone back, was you might miss a very valuable connection, of someone not meeting your “filtered” follow back criteria.
NOT following back is a risk; as those who follow you, when you don’t reciprocate, may un-follow ~ well if you’re that superficial…….
Which tools should you use?
Just as every gardener has their favorites, there are many twitter tools for the same job.
Bottom line: if you don’t have your strategy in place, and the tactics designed to carry out that strategy, no amount of tools will keep your stream beautiful and productive.
Has any one else signed up for Hireinflunece? Are you finding the stat’s useful and revealing as I did? Anyone get hired?
And a note to my landscaping design readers, have you begun your spring garden maintenance?
CASUDI Designing Success.