You’ve been tweeting for weeks, even months…and still no positive responses or feedback on your twitter posts? Here are five tweeter personalities that you may have to restrain or unleash to get your groove on in a twitter…rather, social media world!
1. Are you a “Natty Nancy”? You know the little flying net worker that buzzes all about the twittosphere with everything but nothing? Stuffing single-sided opinions and vocalizations all across twitter (and other social media networks) is not traditionally the way to win- over followers. The concept of social media networking is to both give and take. We’ve got to be open to new ideas, thoughts, words, even constructive criticism from time to time. When all we do is provide unnecessary chatter, the volume gets too high and instead of attracting positive feedback and building a productive social network, we begin talking “over each other” and not “with each other.”
2. Are you the Klutzy Karl in the twittosphere? There are a few hopeful peeps on the Twitter Express, who are sincerely trying to figure out the best way to communicate on Twitter, among other social media networks. But try as they might, they keep falling flat on their “virtual faces” in spite of their good-intended spirit and amiable posts. Why do they keep stumbling over their own words? First, let me say that twitter is a formidable beast of burden – one day, there’s advice that you should be careful and thoughtful about what you tweet; the next day, you’re getting news how twitter is a fun networking tool that shouldn’t bare much weight of thought. Let’s whittle away the miscommunication here: Common sense peeps. Use it when you’re talking among the twitter populace. Think of yourself in a big auditorium. You’re mingling, sharing your product or services, or maybe just your personal experiences…how do you approach strangers? Proceed with caution but equal optimism.
3. Happy Henry? Now I personally love the “Happy Henry’s” on twitter. They’re typically optimistic, full of enthusiasm, and usually know how to bring people up when they’re feeling not-so-good about themselves. He’s the same guy that walks into the cubicle in the morning with a bright smile on his face that has you wondering, “What did he do last night to make him this happy?” He’s the go-to guy when your favorite pet ran away, you’ve lost your job, or you’re just a bit under the weather. He’s so happy all the time, that no matter what you throw his way, he’s going to respond with something productive and positive. He’s got his groove on in the twitter world and knows how to use it wisely and emphatically.
4. Mimic everything that everyone on twitter says? You might be a Parroting Paula. While we all appreciate an “RT” (retweet) on twitter from our followers, if all you’re doing is retweeting posts, it says nothing about who you are except the fact that you like to mimic the status quo. Ask questions, read the posts, bring your insights and comments to the twitter table; and after you’ve done all that, then retweet the post and signify that you’ve left your feedback…or perhaps share another interesting post that may relate to the initial tweet.
5. Angry Adam just doesn’t cut the draft. If you logon to twitter and your @ messages are filled with hate replies; or you’re the guy, who lives to seek and destroy every single message that comes across your TweetDeck, Twhirl, HootSuite, TweetGrid, or from twitter, itself – then you’re probably not going to attract a lot of people to your social media network. Remember this: Smile and the world smiles with you; cry and you cry alone. It can be mighty lonely for those of us, who choose to promote hatred, bigotry, and continuous streams of maddened outcries. Yeah, we can share an outburst every now and then about the bee that stung us, or the crazy guy who cut us off in traffic, or maybe even how mad you got when you stubbed your toe on the front door stop. The most important thing to realize is that twitter is a social platform where we all need to get along to some degree – that’s how networking works!