Alex Blaze

Please, please, please

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 30, 2008 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Bil Browning, Twitter

I have a new goal in life, folks: to have more followers on Twitter than Bil. He just got me on this thing last night and we've already reached the point where the student surpasses the master (or at least really, really wants to surpass the master).

I'm AlexBlaze on Twitter, Bil's Bilerico, and be sure to check out the Bilerico Project's Twitter feed.

I will do pretty much anything to get you to sign up for mine, although I don't really know what to offer people on Twitter. What should a newbie like me know so I don't make an ass of myself in that forum?

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I'm on twitter too (as drjilliantweiss) for about a year now, but I have to admit I don't get the whole twitter thing. I've set it to send out my twitters, but not to send me twitters. Why do I want to get a lot of texts telling me joesmith went to the grocery store and saw a neato muffin pan and that sallyj is mad about the economy?

What am I missing here?

I think its a matter of actually caring that joesmith went to the store. Otherwise it can be a litte tedious.

The ticket is following people who have interesting lives. So Alex, you lead a really exciting life right?

Since moving back to Indiana my life has taken a sharp down-turn in excitement. I can make up stuff, though....

I think your goal is the problem. While I am sure you will find many people on Twitter who share your goals of attracting as many followers as possible, the ones who use Twitter successfully do so for true social, professional, networking. They don't do solely for the sake of getting their follower count up.

I likewise will not follow someone who simply uses Twitter to send out his/her promotional materials while ignoring others. Social networking is not a one way street.

I would also recommend letting people know more about yourself before sending out so many follow requests. True Twitters will ignore your requests if you aren't going to learn the game before inviting everyone to play. And a simple "come to my website to learn all about me" Twit is not letting others know about you.

I have managed to use Twitter for some time with extreme success. I manage my followers and those I follow and find it a great way to keep up with what is going on in the professional life of my contacts as well as trends in my profession. I have managed to score some great leads and professional development that would not have happened without a concentrated, purpose-driven Twitter account.

Now, all of the above is based on the assumption that you want to use Twitter for a purely professional purpose. The waters get a lot more murky if you want to use it for a hybrid purpose. I would recommend you wait a little bit before deciding how you want to use Twitter-as you evolve and learn the site, you will decide for yourself.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | December 30, 2008 3:57 PM

I can make up stuff, though....

That's the twitter spirit, Alex! (I just added you.)