I have been using Twitter for the past year. I found this Web site as a result of better-blogging studies, which have not gone very well. As with any social messaging utility, joining Twitter has been a good move as far as being locateable, accessible and expanding my Web presence. Twitter gives me the opportunity to be stupid in public, should I feel so inclined. Not only do I have the opportunity to express different parts of my off-key personality, but I am free to communicate with people with whom I have never communicated.
When I first joined Twitter, I didn't really know what I was doing and I certainly didn't realized the power of Twitter. I knew that there was one lady who contacted me and talked to me for a good two months before falling away. I looked forward to her tweets, but that was the extent of my Twitter knowledge.
I added people because it seemed like I ought to. Then I reached 2,000 people that I was following. Then Twitter shut me down. Dropped me like a sack of stanky trash. I wasn't able to follow and my account had been suspended. It was a rude shock!
Via communication with Twitter, I learned that I was following too many people who weren't returning the follow. This was the first for me to hear that this was a problem. Since then, I see that others have experienced this unkindness, as well.
Wanting back on Twitter, I needed a friend, a girlfriend to the end, and Google was there for me. I searched and came across Karma. Viva la Twitter Karma! Whoooooooooooo wwwwwwwwwwwoooo! This is a handy dandy Web site that offers a tool allowing you to punch in your Twitter user name and password and it returns with a list that includes all of the people who are following you, all of the people who are not bothered to follow you, and the last time each of these people were on Twitter. There are other programs that tell you who has unfollowed you, but I like TK the best.
There are also a lot of Twitter tools to enhance your tweets. I am cautious about downloading apps and tools and such, just because I don't want to bogged down with them. I tend to collect downloads like a drawer full of mismatched socks and, really, what is the point of that?
You could be patient with people who haven't been on Twitter in a few weeks, but why? If you are close to following 2000 people, you can't really be patient with anybody. If they're not following you, you should kick them to the curb, otherwise you will get kicked to the curb on laundry day with nary a clean underthing in sight!
Some followers will unfollow as soon as you follow them. You can unfollow and you may want to block these scallywags, as well. All the Twitter while, I realize that my blog numbers spike lightly. Then it dawned on me; the clouds opened up and God released the doves: Twitter gets me traffic! That is the power of Twitter.
Now, if I can only figure out how to be a more proficient chatter on Twitter.