Rules of Twitter Following
Looking for interesting posts around Twitter Policies and Guidelines in preparation for Connected Social Media Policy week, I ran into this interesting guidelines around the rules of following are posted on http://restaurantcoachingsolutions.com/rcs-university/rcs-social-media-policy-twitter/ By @JeffreySummers. [Update: these are suggested rules for not following someone]. The suggested rules include:
- do not have a website. Engage with the process or don’t.
- do not use a picture of yourself or your business logo or any avatar that reflects who you are. Pictures of your cat or your mom’s 86th b’day party don’t cut it.
- do not follow others – following 250 people but have 25,000 following you makes you undesirable to me, no matter how important you think you are.
- send me ads about buying your latest ebook on raising Alpacas.
- do not have a biography. The whole point is to get to know you right?
- never post anything. I’ve seen people with 1,000 followers but only 7 posts. And those were spread out over 8 months. Again, be committed to the process or not.
- ignore questions or comments I send you in regards to your posts. The medium is about engagement.
- take more than 3-5 days to reply back to me.
- have nothing remotely intelligent to say. Blaming France for your economic woes doesn’t cut it.
- talk over other people’s conversations or hijack them in mid-stream. If I’m having a conversation with someone, don’t butt in.
I don’t necessarily agree with some of the above, but they raise interesting codes of ethics and perceptions about online behavior for discussion.
Key aspects are the bullets that speak of validation of a twitter user as ‘a real person’ – has a profile pic, a bio, user that tweets and participates in conversation. People need to know they engage in conversation with other people, that are there for the dialog, a 2 way conversation. Without this, there is no engagement.
An interesting point is raised by “do not follow others – following 250 people but have 25,000 following you makes you undesirable to me, no matter how important you think you are”. does the number of people you follow, or follow you, give an indication of the value of content, or engagement you provide?
The last bullet is an interesting point – talking ‘over’ other tweeple conversations. The question to be asked is, why do people have ‘public conversations’ if they don’t want others to get involved? If this is a private conversation – why isn’t it ‘conducted’ as direct messaging or email exchange?
which of the above resonate with you? what would you add to these?