Feeling social today? I am sharing love for three things today: a dear blogger (not a thing), a book (great thing) and a Twitter strategy (is this technically a thing?).
One dear blogger – a very social person
I am hardly ever tricked but Ingrid did it :) What??? Yeah, she is a tricky one.
She read my Amazon Kindle post and told me she has a friend with a Kindle and she was wondering how to send him a book as a present. She was wondering what info she needs to do it.
Well, e-mail is all you need to send a book to someone on Kindle. Five minutes later I got an e-mail telling me to log into my Amazon account to receive a gift.
Yeah, you got it. It was for me. She left me speechless. I don’t think “Thank you” even covers it. The best I can do, without returning the same favor cause it would be kinda lame, is to tell you that she is a great blogger, great writer and more important – a great person. And beautiful too :)
But not to talk about her too much, see for yourself, these are some of her great posts:
- Crap, I have nothing to post!
- Bring IT! More comments or retweets?
- Social Media manners – guest post at Danny Brown’s
Oh, and I didn’t even tell you the best part. The book she sent me was a new book by Mark W. Schaefer The Tao of Twitter.
The Tao of Twitter – social lesson
The Tao of Twitter is the only book that made me step away from my lap top, stop working on my blog and just read it.
My first comment about it was, that it is so – human. Mark makes you feel like you are sitting next to him and he is telling you what happened to him yesterday. Like you are old friends.
Second – so educational. Although it is about Twitter, I can see applying his tips to all social media.
He will tell you all about business prospects he met on Twitter, great friends he made, basic Twitter manners and my favorite thing – he proves the game is not about the numbers!
I only found one great reason for you not to read this book – the guy is a Steelers fan :(
Twitter strategy – take the garbage out
There are two opposite currents when it comes to using Twitter. One says the point is in the numbers and the other says the main thing is connecting with people. Most of you know I am in the second gang in this case.
I tried numbers a while back with some other sites. I can not see it work. I can not look at my followers as sheep that I need to bring to my blog. They are people like you and I. I am not gonna fish for them by pumping the numbers up.
There is one major point I learned from this book that I will tell you about.
Your Twitter followers are, in a way, your image in the eyes of your potential followers, business prospects, etc. Don’t you handle and polish your public image? Well, you should polish your Twitter followers.
Yeah, you heard me right, not people you follow but those who follow you.
You don’t want to seem careless to people considering following you, do you? Clean that list and delete all bots and inactive users!
Let me list just a few reasons why you should do it:
- look more serious to potential followers
- showing you care about your image
- having better numbers as a social influencer
What? Social influencer? What do you mean?
Simple maths. If you have 100 followers you engage with and get 50 RTs, you influenced 50% of your followers. If you have 100 of those good followers and 500 bots and get 50 RTs, what is the percentage? Less than 10%.
And you know this is the way some of those social influence tools calculate your score, right?
So think about it, clean out your list and read Mark’s book. I promise you will like it and learn a lot from it!
- What do you think about this Twitter strategy, when it comes to blocking some of your bot followers?
- Have you read The Tao of Twitter?
- I would love to hear your opinion on this post and ask you to RT or share it.