T’wat is Twitter?

After reading a lot of discussion
threads recently I see a LOT of people
just Don't Get what Twitter really is.

Honestly, it took me a long time to
actually GET it myself :-)

Now I'd like to help you get this amazing
Twitter Phenomenon.

I was speaking the other night on ABC
radio about twitter, during this interview
it occurred to me the parallels between
my 41k twitter followers and this
radio station. Hear me out on this ok :)

The radio DJ has an audience following him
4 nights a week, why do they listen
to this DJ and not another competitor?

Because they like the content he distributes
on his chat show.

He is a late night Queensland local DJ,
and im guessing pretty much the same
following amount as I have between
my twitter accounts = 40,000

Realising this, it occurred to me
how important my list of 41k followers
on twitter actually is.

Like the DJ, my follower choose to follow
my twitter account. They stay followers
because the like the content I distribute
via twitter.

An interesting thing happened this Friday.

on both my twitter accounts peteinoz and
peterdrew accounts, my @ replies were going
berserk with people shouting #followfriday
with my account name after it.

All up about 5 or 6 pages of these
#followfriday shouts. ?

Twat the goodness is happening? So I asked
my twitter followers, What is this
#followfriday thing that I'm receiving
on my twitter?

I was very happy to find out that, on
fridays, twitterers send this
#followfriday followed by twitter account
names to their followers. e.g good twitter
accounts to follow, some with explanations.
One guy told his followers about my account
because I Helped him with a GPS recommendation
as an example.

To say I was floored is an understatement.
up to 6 pages of my followers recommending
my account to their followers. Amazingly
I gained about another 1000 twitter followers
during this time.

Another point I would like to raise about twitter
is credibility gained via accounts with a lot
of followers. This is in answer to a statement
made on a forum where a member stated, that
"just because someone has 20,000 followers
that does not mean that this person is an expert
in their field". This may be correct.
Though in my experience, having accounts
with 16k and 26k these do attract a lot of
attention due to their high following counts.
I checked the amount of followers that this
person had = 1700 and in the real world
anyone comparing his account to either of mine
would most likely determine that my accounts
do have more authority and or credibility
than his. Why its obvious, my accounts have
created a lot more buzz and I must have happy
followers or they would not be following me.

To be specific, the relation of followers
to exact expert knowledge is non related.
But, having high amount of followers is
what gets people to follow your account
then its Up to YOU to provide quality
content to prove yourself to these followers
who will not be followers if you provide
the content to gain a loyal following.

Which gets back to my analogy of the similarity
between Twitter and Radio.

Its exactly the same for DJ's They get employed
to fill vacant time slots. then its up
to their radio content to keep and build
their existing customer / listener rate. Exactly
the same as twitter.

So if you'd like to get your voice or views
out there. Currently Twitter is the absolutely
easiest way to gain a loyal following. How many?
Is determined by the method you use to gain
followers and quality of the information you
share with your followers :)

Tips on content to share with people.

1. Just be yourself. Be Real.
2. search for and find relevant information
related to the topic of the account you
setup and post snippets with links to
your blog posts, Like I have done with this
one. (Personally I only share content I think
of myself and do not need to research it)
3. reply to people on your twitter account
with quality answers to their questions. These
answers are often RT'd (retweeted to people on
their own accounts) and gain you more followers.
4. If I find a great short joke. I'll tweet it :)
5. Tweet about what you are doing. but nothing
too boring. only positive or real experiences.

If you have not already read my twitter
backlinks tricks on facebook see
http://tinyurl.com/seotip  (my
facebook page)
and click on the discussion links to see
tons of SEO tips and tricks. If you see the
"fan" flag, click on it, to get all new ones listed

To gain a lot of followers like I have, if you
know me, you know we automate everything we
do online that makes our lives easier.
see
http://www.bruteforcesocialmedia.com 
to
start gaining tons of followers, so you
can start stamping out your content and
get your Voice online like never before.

Hope you enjoyed my article as much
as I enjoyed typing it :)

Cheers

pete
http://twitter.com/peterdrew

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