Archive for January, 2010

Tweeters – Let’s Add More Value to Our Tweets!

Posted on 01/25/2010. Filed under: Follow Friday, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Tweet, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello Twitter friends!

We are noticing a trend with some followers that concerns us. Specifically, it is the sending and frequent RTing of tweets that include primarily user names. We’ve seen these referred to as “shout-outs.” We’d like to opt-out of being included in these tweets. If you are including us, thank you for thinking of us, but we’re asking you to please stop.

Examples:

  1. Good peeps! @UserName1 @UserName2 @UserName3 @UserName4 @UserName5 @UserName6 @UserName7 @UserName8 @UserName9
  2. Shout out! @UserName1 @UserName2 @UserName3 @UserName4 @UserName5 @UserName6 @UserName7 @UserName8 @UserName9
  3. Pls Follow @UserName1 @UserName2 @UserName3 @UserName4 @UserName5 @UserName6 @UserName7 @UserName8 @UserName9

Then, many of the named users will RT this message. By the second or third RT, sometimes the message is dropped and what is being RT’d is solely a list of user names.

WHY DON’T WE WANT TO BE INCLUDED?

At the time I am writing this, 17 of the 18 viewable tweets on our first page contain these messages. Sometimes, we have to click down through pages of tweets to ensure that we don’t miss a message from someone who sent us a personal tweet or question. And while we’ve been called a blessing (a tweet with the word “blessing” with 10 user names) and have been recommended (the word “Follow” with 10 user names), we don’t see this practice as being as valuable as Follow Friday. One day of #FollowFriday or #Follow shout-outs seems plenty, to us.

I am 100% certain that people are doing this out of kindness, with the very best of helpful, friendly intent. It’s to the point, however, where we believe it can have an opposite detrimental impact.

In our opinion, based on our experience over the past 14 months on Twitter, people follow tweeters based on similar interests and the value they find in their tweets. When your entire stream is taken over by these user name-only tweets, how does that add value to anyone, and why would anyone follow someone whose entire stream is filled with such tweets? And worse, eventually, we believe that many of the type of followers that we want to attract will eventually unfollow accounts that do this regularly. We could be wrong, but this is our opinion and belief.

So, as of today, we are asking these kind and helpful followers to please NOT include us in the massive user name tweets on a daily basis, unless it is on Friday, for #Follow Friday.

HOW CAN WE ADD MORE VALUE WITH OUR TWEETS?

We would much prefer these ideas:

  • Tweet about something interesting. What’s your passion?
  • Try to help a favorite cause.
  • Engage with us personally and share what is happening in your world.
  • Make someone laugh. Sometimes “adding value” is simply making someone (meaning: an individual) laugh, smile or feel good.
  • Help others by tweeting about their blogs, websites, favorite things, or simply RTing interesting tweets from others. Pay It Forward!
  • To better understand our Twitter philosophy, you can read more at http://bit.ly/DW-TwitterRules.

We hope this doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, but recognize that it has that potential. I assure you, it’s not our intent. If it happens, we sincerely regret it. Just as we trust that your intent is positive, please trust that ours is, too. If we all assumed good intent, we’d all be better off.

I also regret to say that if we can’t extract ourselves from this pattern, we will need to unfollow or block the individuals who continue to clog our tweet stream with these user name-only tweets (with the notable exception of #FollowFriday) We believe that Twitter lists will eventually replace this ritual, but we still respect it, and the Pay-It-Forward kindness it encourages – in moderation, on Friday. 😉

Thanks for understanding. Have a great week and let’s all think about how to add more value with our tweets!At DreamWorthy, We Love Our Followers!

Mike and Kali Kunkle
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Read our Networking Blog: http://bit.ly.com/DreamWorthyFriends

Refer-A-Friend Promotion: Refer friends and they each get a coupon for 25% off. When they buy, you get a coupon for 40% off! There is no limit to the number of friends you can refer or the number of 40% coupons you can collect. See the Refer-A-Friend banner at http://www.dreamworthygifts.com to participate.

JOIN US AT:
http://www.twitter.com/DreamWorthy – Follow us!
http://www.facebook.com/DreamWorthy – Be a fan!
http://www.facebook.com/Kali.Kunkle – Be a friend!
http://www.facebook.com/Mike.Kunkle– Be a friend!
http://www.linkedin.com/in/DreamWorthyGifts – Link to us!

@UserName1 @UserName2 @UserName3 @UserName4 @UserName5 @UserName6 @UserName7 @UserName8 @UserName9
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@DreamWorthy’s Latest FollowFriday List

Posted on 01/08/2010. Filed under: Business Networking, Follow Friday, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello Twitter Fans!

We had hoped to keep up with this recurring Follow Friday blog post that we started, but it just got away from us.  We still try to #FollowFriday peeps on Twitter directly (because it shows up in search for them), but we’ve reduced to mentioning those who mention us, since we recommend 150 (and growing) people.

Ugh. We feel bad about this because we once had a reputation for writing descriptive individual tweets for people, and we were very proud of that. (If you haven’t, see that other blog post to see what we mean.)

On a bright note, we do also have a Follow Friday List on Twitter. Lists seem like the best way to do this now, but we’d prefer that Twitter created a special Follow List feature, which would allow you to share some reasons why we recommend each friend. Feel free to lobby them on our behalf. 😉

So, please visit our list on Twitter, or check out the peeps we recommend below. We can promise you this – they are all DreamWorthy follows, with no pun intended!

genesistoday
Genesis Today | Austin

Nongling
Nong | Europe/Australia/US

knikkolette
Knikkolette Church | Atlanta,

grnladybug
East Tennessee,

studentoflife
One block outside Boulder, Col

BarbiM04
Barbara M | Ontario, Canada

Sara_Valor
Sara Valor | Southern

mrtweetlovesyou
MrTweet Community | Everywhere

Bloget
*Laurie* | Minneapolis, MN

BigBBrown
Brandon Brown | Albion, Indiana

PaulaRobinsonRN
Paula Robinson,RN | Marco Island, FL

MsVickiElam
Vicki Elam | Oregon & Montana

JillyBeeny
Jill | Detroit, MI

Roezz
Rose B. | Pennsylvania USA

starlingpoet
J.K. | Saskatchewan

cgooge
Chip Googe | Summerville, SC

greathorn
John | East Cost USA

ELGREGORIO
GREGORY K. PORTER

ElizObihFrank
elizabeth obih-frank | New York – London – Lagos

NickDevious
Nick | Northeastern USA

Suzyqbee10
Susan | Colfax, Ca

anotherside
Tehran

Olithechef
Olivia | Charleston, WV

cassady2euca
Rev Dr Susan K Smith | Columbus, Ohio

JohnLusher
Roanoke, VA

_Oblue
O’Blue | Cornwall

COBfan
Conan’sCurtainCall | USA

Goddess_Forever
Hun

ZenaRose
Zena Rose | United States

ddsnorth
Up North Somewhere

itspartityme
Geneva Hosek | Katy, Texas

MoHockey
Missouri Mavericks | Kansas City / Independence, MO

TidyCat
Minneapolis

kkyno
Karol Kyno | Heart of Houston~Texas

kscutiepie
Carla Freeberg | Wichita, Ks

Blanquis26
Blanca •**♥**• | Mesquite, Texas

CHRISVOSS
CHRIS VOSS | Las Vegas, NV

BrandenWilliams
Branden Williams | Flower Mound, Texas

WebAndFlo
Donna McLallen, APR

AmyOscar
Amy Oscar | New York

la_loquita
corey | Dalton, Georgia

MomsOutLoudDFW
Moms Out Loud | Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

CheddarChad
Chad Rizzo | Gettin’ it, Ohio

ReikiAwakening
Alice Langholt | University Heights, Ohio USA

churchpunkmom
Megan | Des Moines, Iowa

nerdheroine
The Heroine | Kobayashi Maru, send help!

MarySarahMusic
Mary Sarah

Bahamabob
Bahama Bob | Texas, U.S.A.

ShellyKramer
Shelly Kramer

givemebargains
Natalie | Fort Lauderdale, FL

dreaves802
Dwayne Reaves | North Carolina

annq
Ann Quasman | Baltimore, MD

Maudeonline
Maude Online | Waterloo, IL

nelsonmaud
maureen | mishawaka,indiana

PamsLove
Pam | Littleton,Colorado.

RiWrites
Marianne Baird | In a very serene place

LilPecan
The Real Pecan ✔ | Bostonish

myneurotica
Miz Sassy | Topeka,Kansas

fordofocala
ford of ocala | ocala, florida

AceConcierge
♥Suzie ♥ | Wilmington, NC

nursemom90
Kathy Jones | Taylor Mi

SocialMediaMo
Dave Humphrey | Jacksonville, FL

Taramichener
Tara Michener | Michigan

WisdomalaCarte
Daniel K. Foisy | Montreal

ScottC10
Scott Campbell | Boulder

Sheri_ls
Sheri Leblanc | CA(San Francisco) & Louisiana

twittercize
Ron S. Doyle | Denver, Colorado, USA

SusanPowers
Susan Powers

RebeckaRead
Rebecka Read | Scottsdale, Arizona

KenRamirez
kenramirez | South Florida

turquoisefish
Babette Easley, Babs | N. Palm Beach; upper Keys, FL

NOTBorin
Smitty | Southern California

MisterNoodle
Springfield, IL

deweytoo
Nikki | Eastern PA

fernandovarela
Fernando Varela | Orlando

HoldemTalkRadio
Jamie L. Simon#1736 | Hollywood Hills, California

mchelldryjanski
Michelle Dryjanski | Chicago Suburbs

FizzyDuck
♥Miss Fizzy Duck♥ | London’ish

WendyGYoung
Wendy G Young | Houston, TX

BobSchecter
Bob Schecter | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Yuricon
Erica Friedman | Morristown, New Jersey

wifemomme
wife,mom..me

worldprayr
#worldprayer

LessaT
Lessa, USA

TheBigfella
Anthony Smith | Oregon

stephaniec2c
Stephanie Cross | Mansfield, Texas

shelleehale
Shellee Hale | Bellevue, WA

Sparquel
Callie | My home office 😉

rosyblue
Rosy Villa | Los Angeles, California

RosieChihuahua
SoCa, God Bless The USA!

retweetfairy
ReTweet Fairy | United Kingdom

paula721
Paula Chandler

Mazukins
Mazey Mazukin | here on Earth!

mamapr
N i c S o t o | U.S.

lmpotter
Lisa Monson-Potter | ÜT

frankparker
Frank Parker | Birmingham, England

Flexlewis1
Jesse Lewis II | Topeka ,KS

danielho
Daniel Ho | Toronto, Canada

DavineDC
Davine Ker | Washington DC, USA

Dragoncade
Cade Long | Knoxville, TN.

DogTales
Jules | On the planet

Bekah72
Rebecca Waibel | TAMPA, FL

BarbaraDuke
Barbara Duke | Newport News VA

amronsomar
Norma Crain | Nevada

AlpacaFarmgirl
Katy Spears | Alabama

AkronOhioHomes
David M. Childress

arbonneteam
Colleen Geary | Swansea, Mass

amous
Dallas, TX

asinglewahm
Cindy | Ohio

Kali_Kunkle
Kali Kunkle | Dallas, TX

Mike_Kunkle
Mike Kunkle | Flower Mound TX

Yourdogfood
Heidi | Suburb North of Dallas TX

terrimcculloch
Houston, Texas

Tekee
Ted ☯ | Broomfield, CO 80020

TankaBar_Linda
Linda Crider | Dallas, TX

StuBakerComedy
Stu Baker | Tempe, AZ

Sixtiesguy
Michael Broadway | Kansas City

SusanLorelei
Sue | Pittsburgh, PA

SusanPreston
Susan Preston | South Carolina

screweduptexan
North of Dallas, Texas

SashaKane
Sasha | California

RosevilleRockLn
Roseville Heather O | Roseville, CA

Peties_Pam
Pam Murphy,M.S.,RRT | Chair in front of the computer

PawPrintsPet
Rebecca Forrest | Dayton, OH, USA

MrTweet
Mr Tweet | Everywhere

Mollyinfolode
Molly | Archer, Florida

MobiMom
Wendy Toone | New Hope, PA

MajorDodson
♥♥ Robert Dodson ♥♥ | Lone Star, Texas

LoveMyPoodles
Judy Bishop | Houston, TX

lauraduhaime
Laura Duhaime | New Hampshire

ladydreamer823
ceedale | somewhere

lesliebriskman
Leslie Briskman | Southern California

laineyspawtique
laineyspawtique.net | Illinois, United States

KirkElliott
Kirk Elliott | St. Lucia

johnmijac
Tucson, AZ, USA

julito77
Julio Ricardo Varela | Boston

J3551C4
|Jessica| | Boston, MA

joycecherrier
Joyce Cherrier | New Orleans/Maui

grouchobeer
MATTHEW HAHN | Tehran

gabbricha
Dana | Pennsylvania

ECS_Dave
ECS Dave | Greensboro, NC, USA

denyseduhaime
Denyse Duhaime | Boston

DrFernKazlow
Dr. Fern Kazlow | New York metro

DreamWorthyDoc
Doc Kunkle | Dallas, TX

cupcakes5
mb | Pennsylvania

blogomomma
UR MOMMA! | TWIT CITY & BLOGTALKRADIO!

BerniePiekarski
Bernie Piekarski | Orlando, Florida

bassguitar65
Joey Fiedler | Charleston, SC

AxsysTechGroup
Pembroke Pines, FL

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