Personally I don’t get most of the social networking sites / products / whatever you want to call them.
Don’t get me wrong, most of them are great (heck I worked at MySpace.com for a while). But I just don’t get it, I know its me, and I’m OK with that. I didn’t get the appeal of Twitter at first either. But now that I’ve gotten hooked on it, I get it. Giant party line chat room, that I can understand. But some of the rules that people have come up with are just nuts.
So here’s my take on some of them.
Follow everyone that follows you. – Um no thanks. Do I check the profile of everyone that follows me to see if they might be someone that I could have cool conversations with? Absolutely. I’m trying to use Twitter to meet new people in my field and make some new friends. Now it’s not like I’m limiting myself to just DBAs or anything, but I am for the most part (at least for now) limiting myself to IT folks that have something to do with data, servers, storage, etc; the stuff I deal with on a daily basis. I may change this as time goes on, but so far I’m having a good time with this technique. There are exceptions to this of course. If your website or profile looks interesting to me then I’ll follow you for a bit and see how it goes. If we don’t click, don’t take it personally, I don’t if you decide not to follow me, or if you unfollow me.
Follow people because they want to get into the Twitter Top 100 – Um, not going to happen. If your goal in life is to be the most popular person on Twitter good for you. That isn’t a good enough reason for me to follow you; sorry it just isn’t.
Follow me, and I’ll keep following you – Sorry, but if I don’t think that we are going to have anything in common that’s just not going to happen. If we have nothing in common, and I don’t mean to be rude here, but I’m not doing to follow you, and I don’t expect you to follow me. For Twitter to be a useful tool to converse with others those people have to have something in common. If you have nothing in common the tweets are just noise on the screen.
I think the big thing to remember about Twitter is make it work for you. If it isn’t working for you, and your not having any fun with it, then its time to find another medium to express yourself in.