Office Divvy ™
Firstly, I have to admit that it is totally by coincidence that my blog entry falls on this 4th birthday of
There were some things that were bugging me about
I was able to finally get to it yesterday. And as I was almost to the end of writing this post, I saw a tweet from Kevin Sablan (an accomplished journalist and blogger, and a well known personality on
Kevin was referring to the fact that March 21st was
Sooooo: First and foremost, Happy Birthday
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Now, let me move on to my actual post. :)
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As a company we have been on
I’m glad we got married when we did to
We started tweeting on March 8, 2009... As we enter Year-Two, and I reflect on the amount of time and heart invested in this marriage, I feel I have certain rights and responsibilities in our relationship.
Above is our anniversary tweet, in recognition of our first tweet back on March 8, 2009. Unfortunately I cannot pull up today what our first tweet was. It seems all our tweets prior to September 2009 have been erased.
So things for
Archiving and Searching of past tweets
Please work on meaningful archiving, as well as advanced searching capabilities of past tweets.
This marriage has introduced me and our company to people I might not have otherwise met: Thought leaders, Businesses Starting up, Professionals, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, new clients, as well as fellow providers of office and co-working models, and so many others.
It has been a terrific adventure. We’ve been able to say to them “Thanks for good writing, work, and referrals” --all in real time, without waiting.
What we’ve gotten from old and new relationships is not measurable in traditional ways. It’s on a new scale of measurement for which we have not completely created the tick marks yet. Let’s just say the scale is full. We dig the interaction component. We go to tweet-ups (
Surrounded by so many people that like what they do, we started a blog: Business Life Stories with its centerpiece “Why love what I do”. With
Direct Message: Auto Respond
We often times would have to disregard our DM box, as it was full of so many “Thanks for following – join us at 8am Monday through…." kind of nonsense. Plus the phishing, and hacked accounts through DM.
Listen to all of our 20,000 peeps? We would love to (and sometimes try to), but alas, nearly 20,000 people’s tweets passing through our timeline becomes a loud noise -- not doable. But we do zero in on the tweets of about 700 or so people we identified.
Don’t ask me how we do that. Let’s just say that we’ve developed some systems. But
In the early days, I appreciated this advice, given by wise friend I met on
That was such a true description, and summarized the focus on listening, and connecting. That said, here’s problem #3 –and this is a big one for me:
“Absentee Tweeting” is a downer!
It’s good that twitter has such an open platform (open to tools, APIs, and applications). The downside may be an opening for the developer of apps, or especially those users using these apps that don't serve the community. With this comes much noise from many automated, artificial, programmed and scheduled tweets via certain applications and through APIs. The motivation in that work does not seem to be in the interest of authenticity, which is a value we share. With this kind of automation, there is no listening, being present, being part of what’s actually happening.
It would seem Twitter’s operations and infrastructure is growing to identify a genuine tweeter versus a robot. We feel protected when we see a scheduled, absentee tweeter fail. I see some faux-tweeters are being blocked from search-results; but with those I see some genuine ones being blocked, too. So these systems are not perfected. Some of these other noise-makers are still programming automated tweets every few hours, spamming ones timeline and twitter keyword search results, and that’s a real problem with me.
There is no question that absentee-tweeting and robots takes away from the whole web 2.0 concept. If I want one-directional commercials and spam, why do I need twitter? There is enough of that elsewhere! Dealing with the robots equals preservation of what’s real.
To better days ahead!..
Office Divvy ™
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As a footnote, I have to add these two basic systems I developed to deal with auto-
Tip: Who not to Follow to begin with
It’s more likely there is no connection to be made by someone who is automating their tweets or with those who do not reach out. We learned not to follow those people back when we see that their tweet source shows API or twitterfeed. These folks are typically robots, pushing tweets and their agenda out there. We also do not follow folks, when we look at their tweets and see that they do not have a single mention: meaning their profile page does not show any conversation starting with @twittername --and no need to go beyond the first page of their profile.
Tip: Who To Unfollow on
When we come across
DMs---including those who say “Thanks for Following” we un-follow them. Hey, you followed me, I followed you back, why are you sending me an auto-DM thanking me for following. If you want to Direct Message (DM), be creative, be original. I feel there is absolutely no need to stay connected with those who are absent from
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