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04 August 2014 @ 08:33 pm
In which I get schooled on Twitter by a guy twice my age  
Today, my second shift, I worked with Book Sage again.

We were talking about book blogging and the different tools available, and somehow the topic wandered over to Twitter.  I think he wanted me to send him a link to my blog via Twitter's messaging system.  Anyway, he happened to see my stats and seemed puzzled.

Book Sage: That's interesting.
Me: What?
Book Sage: You've got many more tweets than I do, but you have so few followers.
Me: Oh?

Granted, I have less than fifty followers, but how many does this guy have?  He shows me on his phone that he has over one thousand followers.  My jaw drops, because Book Sage is old enough to be my father (in fact, he has a daughter my age) and how is he so much better at the Internets than me?

Book Sage: I wonder why this is.
Me: Well, I don't actually use Twitter that much.  Most of my tweets are automated posts from other sites like Instagram.
Book Sage: Ah, I see.  I write all of my tweets by hand!

Does that make the difference?  I don't know.  It's worth noting that none of this conversation was mean-spirited; he wasn't making fun of me for not having a better "brand" on Twitter.  Book Sage was just genuinely puzzled and curious about the discrepancy of numbers.  Still, it did make me feel more motivated to be more proactive in using Twitter as a tool in my online arsenal.

Ugh, I sorta hate myself for saying that.  I still heartily dislike Twitter and tweeting.  But I'm slowly being forced to recognize that it has certain uses that make it increasingly necessary to building a reputation online.
Narratoraswirlymatrix on August 7th, 2014 08:14 am (UTC)
Actual tweets versus Instagram stuff does get you more followers. Interacting with people and following them do, as well. I have a friend who refuses to follow people she doesn't actually know in real life... but how's that gonna help??

If it makes you feel any better, I've been on Twitter for years and only have about 500 followers, most of whom don't interact with me. Eh.
Nechtan Albaflameelf on August 7th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
When you signed up, did you set it up so you could be seen by anyone and promoted by Twitter? (Similar to opting out of the autobots on LJ that occasionally make one's random posts a 'recommended' blog to read.)

Grey :)
Suzik00kaburra on August 9th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
I don't know!
I think my twitter settings are whatever the default is - I can't remember messing around with the settings at any point :-p