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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DreamWorthy Gifts LLC
Shop at: http://www.DreamWorthyGifts.com
Read our Shopping Blog: http://bit.ly.com/ShopWorthy
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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The @DreamWorthy Twitter Philosophy

Posted on 10/30/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, Follow Friday, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

DWG_NEWTwitterBird_logoHuh? What is a Twitter Philosophy and why do we have one? That, gentle reader, is a question we will answer in this post. You probably found your way here because you follow us and want to see what we’re all about. We now guide our prospective or new followers to this post to learn about us, and how we participate on Twitter. Or, you’ve followed us for awhile, saw the link we tweeted on Twitter, and came here to see what this is all about. Either way, hopefully you’ll leave with a clearer sense of who we are and what it will be like to follow us on Twitter.

THE @DREAMWORTHY TWITTER PHILOSOPHY

About Us

Folks, we’re a business. Well, we’re people, actually, two of them… Mike & Kali Kunkle. But we run a small online business, DreamWorthy Gifts, which is a webstore featuring bath & body care products like shower gels, lotions, soaps, bath salts, bath sprays, bubble bath, and bath gift sets – and also offering thousands of gifts for all occasions, home decor furnishings, gift cards and more.

Here’s what we say on our website About Us:

“We are dedicated to providing a safe, productive and enjoyable online shopping experience for everyone with a computer, an Internet connection, and a need to shop for something for someone for some reason (including themselves, and hey, even if the reason is “just because!”). Shopping should be fun and easy. You have fun – we’ll make it easy! (Jammies and bunny slippers are optional.)

Despite our fun-loving, friendly approach to business and life, the DreamWorthy Gifts team is serious about running a business built on a foundation of ethics and common sense. Our founders have over 30 years of highly successful business experience with over 7 years of e-commerce experience.

But we are much more than business people behind a computer monitor. We’re also family members, Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, co-workers, neighbors, and everyday real people. We pay too much in taxes, are far too busy with work and life, and sometimes don’t know what to get that special someone, when it’s time to show we care.

That’s why we started DreamWorthy Gifts LLC. We want to help regular people like us find the right gift, at the right time, at the right price… but also without a few things, too… without driving around wasting gas, without the hassle of crowded stores and long lines, and without losing so much of your precious time. That’s our commitment to our customers.”

Our Focus on Service

You can learn more about us at our otDreamWorthy Customer Serviceher blog, ShopWorthy and specifically our post on Why You Should Shop at DreamWorthy Gifts. The one thing we’d like to repeat here, is that we stand behind our products and will do everything possible to ensure customers are completely satisfied with them, and with us.

Yes, we have company policies, but we also apply reasonable logic, listen with empathy, use common sense, act with integrity, and make decisions on a case-by-case basis. Occasionally, we break our own policies to ensure a customer is satisfied. We take service seriously.

Segue to Twitter

So, as small business owners who joined Twitter to market through social media, we make no apologies for marketing our business on Twitter and for trying to maximize the positive power of social media networking and marketing. We’re certainly still learning on a daily basis and Twitter is certainly still evolving. Overall, though, it seems to be working and it certainly is fun. Twitter Marketing

By fun, we mean sending tweets, often almost in a chatting fashion, to talk to our followers, joke, tease, and laugh and smile together. We have met some wonderful people that we never would have otherwise, and this is by far the most enjoyable part of Twitter.  We do, however, also send out what we call “Marketing Tweets.” These tweets are aimed at educating and advertising our followers about our business, products and services. In these tweets, there are links to our ecommerce website. We drive a good amount of traffic to our website via Twitter, and it is a valuable business and marketing tool. We have earned trust from many followers who have become customers, as well. We are very grateful for these relationships, and only wish we had even more time to cultivate them and get to know our customers (and other followers) even better.

What’s a Marketing Tweet?

Here are just two examples:

SAVE ON SHIPPING with our shipping promo! Spend $25 get 25% off shipping ~ Spend $50 get 50% off shipping! See promos: http://tr.im/DWGPromo

DreamWorthy Bath Gift Sets: ORANGE GROVE BATH BASKET SET ~ http://tr.im/CufW ~ shower gel, body lotion, body scrub, body butter & more!

Some facts about our marketing efforts on Twitter:

  • On a designated “Marketing Day” (rare) we might send out tweets like these hourly, every 30 minutes, or sometimes even as often as every 15 minutes (at the maximum).
  • Usually these tweets will go out over a 12-hour period.
  • We run these marketing days periodically… but usually no more than 1-2 days a week (often less, frankly). In fact, more recently we’ve begun to experiment with “opt-in” marketing by asking people to visit our Twitter Favorites at http://bit.ly/DW-Faves, where we list info about us, products & our special promos.
  • We sometimes use a service for our marketing tweets… SocialOomph.com (formerly known as TweetLater).  But lately, we’ve just done it while we’re there.
  • If we use the service, we schedule the marketing tweets for when we are not able to be on Twitter personally, although usually we are there, tweeting personally with our followers at the same time.The real SPAM, not the bad stuff

For the record, our use of Twitter does NOT constitute SPAM, as we do not use auto-DMs or @replies to send marketing tweets to individuals or lists, and as far as we can tell, our approach is completely compliant with the Twitter Terms of Service and Definition of SPAM. We do, however, eat SPAM, especially with scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese.

So why are we telling you all this? We’ve noticed that when we take a break from our Marketing Days, and then restart, we always have a flurry of people “unfollowing” us. We respect this, as it is completely the individual’s choice. However, we do wish that some might try to engage with us first, before judging that we are spamming, or only interested in sending out marketing messages about our offerings.

Our Twitter Follow-Back Philosophy

Will we follow you back? Well, probably, but “it depends.” We try to follow most people or accounts who follow us, but we don’t follow everyone. As you’ll see below, we don’t follow porn and will block those accounts and report them, if appropriate. If you DM us consistently with unsolicited advertising messages or affiliate links, or even send @replies to us consistently with unwanted links, we will not follow you, unfollow you, and/or report you as SPAM. You can send advertising or marketing tweets all day long without being blocked… but we may not follow you back if that’s ALL that you do. We obviously respect the marketing tweets, but we also look for people like us who try to also engage and talk with those who want to talk back. (At this writing, we have over 9,000 followers… we obviously can’t tweet routinely with everyone… but we do reply to everyone who addresses us with a @reply.)

And while we do have some wonderful international friends and will probably always follow them, we are a domestic, U.S.-based business with no international expansion plans in the foreseeable future. So, if you live outside the United States, we may not follow you unless we know you personally or you have a lot of followers from the U.S.

By the way, if we do not follow you back, we also completely understand if you choose to unfollow us. No harm, no foul, no hurt feelings. Unless we make a conscious decision to follow someone or some company’s highly interesting tweets regardless of whether they follow us, we normally expect people (those whom we specifically select to follow) to follow us back. If you do not, we will eventually unfollow you. Here’s one better. Nothing aggravates us more than people trying to just build raw follower numbers. If you follow us, and then wait until we follow you back to unfollow us, we’ll dump you as soon as we figure it out (and we will, because we check).

  • Our Target Twitter Follower: It probably makes just as much sense to tell you who we love to follow back. Twitter Friends
    • We prefer to follow adult individuals (and couples) or other businesses who engage with their followers, or some subset of their followers.
    • We prefer real people who are really there and send @replies to other real people who are really there. Really. 😉
    • Other than “adult,” age is unimportant. We follow a select few under 18, but do not make it a habit.
    • Religion doesn’t matter, unless you’re a Satanist. We have an unusually wide berth of tolerance for beliefs different than our own, but we stop a few steps short of tolerance for worshiping Satan or Hitler or anything hateful. We’d fight to defend your right to believe what you want and live in freedom, we just don’t want to be associated with you, personally.
    • We love to follow people who are generally kind, thoughtful, and respectful, with a good sense of humor.
    • Moms, dads, and animal lovers (and animals) are especially welcome, because we identify with you, but don’t misread or read between the lines… others are still completely welcome.
    • Funny (within our behavior guidelines, listed below) is wonderful. Teasing is okay… we can certainly dish it out, and we can take it with a smile.
    • We prefer to follow people who are at least “generally positive.” Hey, everyone has bad days and times, real life is tough sometimes, and that’s what friends are for. We certainly have “our moments.” But a positive outlook is a preference.
    • As said elsewhere, we prefer people who live in the United States, only because we are a domestic-only business.

Our Twitter Behavior Guidelines:

Here are some general (but not always concrete) guidelines that we apply. Some of this will also give you an indication of whether we’ll follow you back.

  • Sex: We are cautious about the expression of sexuality on Twitter. We will not, under any circumstances, knowingly follow any accounts associated with pornography. At the same time, we do follow @Dr_MiaRose (formerly “TheBetterSexDoc”) as one example, who does not blatantly use sexual terminology in her tweets. If you visit her website, however, be prepared for appropriately detailed “educational articles.” I’m sure this is a fine line that will confuse some folks who see things as “black or white,” and we understand that. But we see a difference between a trained psychologist/counselor trying to help consenting adults express their natural sexual nature, and allowing those folks to “opt in” to following her and her messages, versus porn. But we do tend to shy away from sexually-oriented Tweeters, so the ones we do follow, like Mia the sex doc, are few and far between.
  • Discrimination/Hatefulness: There’s a little bit too much of both in our world for our taste. You won’t see this from us, and if you see something that we typed quickly or it’s hard to interpret in 140, trust that neither of these are ever intended. Well, except that we hate haters. Either of these behaviors will get you unfollowed quickly. We respect freedom of speech, we just don’t have to subject ourselves or our followers to hateful or discriminatory behavior. That’s our freedom of choice.
  • Vulgarity: *#&%#, I hate this topic. Just kidding… that is a vulgar as you will see. We do our level best to steer clear of vulgarity. You may see an occasional mention of that place far south of Heaven, or a reference to poop, which is something we have to stop tweeting and take our dog outside to do. But you can buy an educational and funny book for kids called “Everyone Poops,” so we feel we’re in good company. In general, if we see too much vulgarity from you, we will unfollow you. Depending on the severity or tone and intent, we forgive everyone an occasional “moment,” so we judge based on consistency.
  • Humor: Another thin grey line…. humor. This one is tough for us, because humor is a real outlet for us, and we find things funny in jokes that we do not find funny in real life. We know this confuses reasonable, normal people, therefore, as a business account, we find that we need to temper ourselves. We do better at this sometimes than others. We will use some PG-13 humor and teasing innuendo from time to time — and occasionally tweet something that we didn’t intend, which “came out wrong,” too, which is a difficult thing about communicating in 140 characters. But generally we try to keep it cleaner and more respectful than prime time TV programming will ever be again. Our aim is generally to be funny and make someone laugh. We enjoy that. We never intend to belittle, hurt, discriminate or offend. We’d actually appreciate that you’d tell us, if you ever think we do.
  • Politics: We vote. That’s our expression of politics. We might participate in a humorous discussion of political events or topics, but you won’t see us spouting our political beliefs, stumping, or using Twitter as a bully pulpit (like we have any clout on Twitter anyway). We do follow some folks who are heavily political, and have some very nice #TCOT friends (who have their own Twitter hashtag, which still makes me grin), but we don’t endorse one thing over another. I’m not saying we don’t have our personal views… we certainly do. It’s just not normally like us to be espousing them on Twitter.
  • Twitterfeeds: If your entire stream is nothing but one big feed or one-way communication, we probably will not follow you back.
  • Tweet Value: We are not a fan of constant shout-outs to multiple peeps at once, which results in an entire page of tweets that are almost nothing other than @usernames. We appreciate the kind thought behind these shout-outs & RTs, but it’s not our style and in our opinion, adds very little value to anyone’s tweet stream.

Our Twitter Unfollow PhilosophyFriend or Follow - Who Doesn't Follow Us Back?

If you don’t follow us back, it’s likely that we will unfollow you. If you consistently cross over one of our thin grey lines that we’ve written about here, we’ll unfollow you. If you are porn, hateful, offensive, or SPAM, we’ll unfollow you and likely report you.

Our Twitter Pay-It-Forward PhilosophyPay It Forward --->

If you check out some of the other posts on this blog, you’ll pick up our philosophy quickly. We intended to do more with this blog, and will someday, but real life (work, family, home, small business) intervened, and it didn’t go as far as we intended as fast as we wanted. Nonetheless, we are pay-it-forward kind of people. We try to help others, albeit only in small ways sometimes, but we like to do it.

  • RTs: When we see things we like on Twitter, we try to ReTweet them. We tend to RT great quotes, inspirational things, and downright funny things, as we come across them.
  • Tweets to help our followers (bloggers, businesses, charities, etc.): We especially like to send traffic to followers’ blogs, give their business a shout-out, help a cause, push along a marketing Tweet, or forward on an affiliate link that we think followers might find interesting or helpful. It’s like a little random act of kindness, and we like doing it.
  • #FollowFriday: It can be exhausting for us, but we love Follow Friday! You can see a post on this blog here that lists many of our favorite followers. We used to tweet out this list every Friday night, as well, with an individual comment about most. We loved doing that but it’s growing too large to keep up, so now we usually direct people to the blog post and our Follow Friday Twitter List instead. You’ll find a good number of really great people on this list, and we’re lucky to count them as friends. They’re all worthy (perhaps we could even say “dreamworthy”). As this list of recommendations grows, our Twitter List will be the only manageable way to keep up with it.

Well, my friends, I believe that wraps up our @DreamWorthy Twitter Philosophy for now. Perhaps we’ll add something later or you will think of something to add and write to us or make a comment. Thank you for reading. We hope you found this helpful in some way, and better understand what we’re about and what we are trying to accomplish.

Tweet ya later…

Mike & Kali Kunkle
_____________________
DreamWorthy Gifts LLC
Shop at: http://www.DreamWorthyGifts.com
Read our Shopping Blog: http://tinyurl.com/ShopWorthy
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DreamWorthy FollowFriday List

Posted on 07/03/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, Follow Friday, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

@DreamWorthy on TwitterHello again DreamWorthy Friends!Twitter Logo

It’s Follow Friday again!

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that we are enthusiastic participants on Twitter. (If you’re new to us, or this blog, please keep reading and check out this post, too. If this is old news, skip right down to our #FollowFriday recommendations for this week.)

We make no apologies for marketing our business on Twitter and for trying to maximize the positive power of social media networking. We’re certainly still learning on a daily basis and Twitter is certainly still evolving. Overall, though, it seems to be working and it certainly is fun. TwitterFriends

That said, we know that our customers and Twitter friends are people first — walking, talking (tweeting), human beings — so we usually do our best to reach out, connect, engage, laugh, genuinely befriend, and help our followers — or as much as we can, given the crazy busy-ness of our lives! Frankly, it just feels good to help other people — whether or not they return the favor — and whether or not they become customers. It is an extension of the values we to try to live by, in business and life.

This blog is a socially-oriented, business networking concept, which includes a “Pay It Forward” twist. As we say in one of our earlier posts, this is our blog to showcase, spotlight, and in general, brag and boast heartily about our networking connections, whom we find worthy of the praise and effort. Once we write about someone, they have the freedom to write about any of their noteworthy networking contacts. So, we hope to create a “Pay It Forward” viral networking vehicle, where networking contacts can showcase their deserving associates and help each other. Recently, we have seen several Twitter friends put their #FollowFriday recommendations on their blogs, so it occurred to us that this forum, our DreamWorthy Friends networking blog, was a perfect place for us to do the same thing. So now, we do this every Friday. (Note: The most current list varies, based on who has interacted with us over a several week period.)

Here is our #FollowFriday list. Follow these Tweeple! And please check out their profiles and web sites!

@arbonneteam ~Friendly,kind online biz owner (Arbonne, of course) w/ a strong faith & great site: http://bit.ly/3ynFsh
@artsyknik ~Awesome peep. Fun, bright, nice. Talented artist & interior decorator. See http://bit.ly/42gi8v & http://bit.ly/jCZgz
@axsystechgroup ~Talented web site designer & web host: http://bit.ly/2U013Y ~Build & grow biz online: http://bit.ly/14Wb0q
@bassguitar65 ~Great tweeter! Funny, friendly & all around nice guy. Quite the horse pro ~ See http://bit.ly/2Sjfta
@blogomomma ~A funny, kind, sharp & positive tweeter~Queen of the hashtags! Fun blog: http://bit.ly/1MXzy6 A MUST follow!
@BerniePiekarski ~So wacky, fun & naughty that you almost forget he’s a bright biz & Internet Marketing pro: http://bit.ly/gBCKb
@cupcakes5 ~Funny, kind & chatty! Homeschools & writes an awesome cooking, baking, decorating blog: http://bit.ly/4hfTkp
@denyseduhaime ~Friendly, kind, supportive & fun tweeter ~Check out her site to talk weight loss: http://bit.ly/4wvdv9
@DreamWorthyDoc ~He’s our dog & mascot, snores quietly, kills spiders fearlessly + he’s CUTE: http://tr.im/DocPics
@DrFernKazlow ~DrK is savvy~bright~kind & real. Personal Growth & Social Media Biz Growth: http://bit.ly/2GbDe2
@ECS_Dave ~Bright, engaging tweeter w/ a proven approach to personal development. See: http://bit.ly/2Ar93X
@gabbricha ~Mom of 3, dog person, funny and kind. Follow her and check out her site!  http://bit.ly/Ioy7g
@grouchobeer ~An old friend ~highly intelligent w/ a wickedly-twisted, hilarious wit. Film maker & comic writer.
@j3551c4 ~An engaging, kind & funny tweeter who shares a mutual admiration w/Kali for Team Eric (TrueBlood)!
@johnmijac ~Friendly tweeter, Real Estate pro in AZ, real convo & an excellent chef. HUGE heart. See http://bit.ly/2eW7Xc
@joycecherrier ~Blond, buff & bubbly ~an ex-pro athlete w/a big heart & fun attitude! Likes to help people. http://bit.ly/1JrnnZ
@julito77 ~Intelligent, family man w/ a biz plan. Great marketing mind ~ a really great guy! 😉 Check out: http://bit.ly/3Uf52N
@KirkElliott ~St. Lucia wedding photographer, extraordinarre. Also friendly, kind, fun & supportive! See: http://bit.ly/1lj4oT
@ladydreamer823 ~Enthusiastic and engaging, friendly and fun! Always a blast to tweet with this wonderful lady!
@laineyspawtique ~A wonderful tweeter who goes the extra mile, converses, & makes a mean canine cuisine! See http://bit.ly/4cUFZz
@lauraduhaime ~A funny engaging tweeter who is supportive & helpful. Check out: http://bit.ly/3ihGjI for great deals!
@lesliebriskman ~Sharp, funny, a real estate pro and an understudy for Twitter hashtag queen. See her at http://bit.ly/1wshwo
@LoveMyPoodles ~Good-hearted, kind tweeter w/ a sense of humor. See her Health Cafe for pets & people: http://bit.ly/27Y5a8
@MajorDodson ~A Texas bud who’s kind, engaging, funny & a wonderful poet! See http://bit.ly/15mnt6
@mamapr ~Kind positive tweeter ~Runs a PR distribution biz + more ~PR Site: http://bit.ly/2mRjHM PR Blog: http://bit.ly/qQItg
@MobiMom ~This Mom is funny, fun ~ a friendly, supportive RT’er. Check out her children’s stories site: http://bit.ly/1MYfPb
@Mollyinfolode ~Genuine, kind, funny, engaging, supportive ~ music-scene queen & and all-around great peep!
@MrTweet ~Come on, he helps us recommends people. Ya gotta love MrTweet! ~ http://bit.ly/142NSV
@PawPrintsPet ~Dog-loving~friendly~engaging~funny~ Photographer of dogs in action! Check out: http://bit.ly/3VIbir
@Peties_Pam ~Engaging friendly tweeter~educates on nutrition/health ~check out http://bit.ly/34rAcM & http://bit.ly/3kc7H2
@RosevilleRockLn ~Hilarious~snarky~ROTFL funny~supportive & kind. Serious side: http://bit.ly/1eJeYH ~Fun Blog: http://bit.ly/2sOY4f
@SashaKane ~A heart the size of Texas. Sweet, kind, sincere, caring & gentle! Read her story at http://bit.ly/2I0zyp
@screweduptexan ~Fellow Texan~close in distance & spirit. Fun & kind! Her Blog: http://bit.ly/1yBX7D ~ Book: http://bit.ly/15DX8v
@Sixtiesguy ~Multi-talented, FUNNY, nice guy w/a GREAT website at http://bit.ly/4EiiNk ~Check him out!
@StuBakerComedy ~A wacky, fun, riotous, hilarious, engaging, comedic tweeter.
@SusanLorelei ~ A really kind-hearted Tweeter who is very engaging ~ Sweet & funny ~ Check out her site: http://bit.ly/14wExy
@SusanPreston ~Susan always breezes in to say hello & wish us a wonderful day. See her new Twitter biz at http://bit.ly/2taeWy
@TankaBar_Linda ~A fellow online biz owner~engaging, supportive, fun to tweet with. Shop at http://bit.ly/5BUcp
@Tekee ~Incredibly nice~friendly~engaging down to Earth tweeter ~Check out his blog at http://bit.ly/VZXlm
@terrimcculloch ~Wonderful Texas tweeter ~ Director of Sales/Mktg for drug testing co ExperTox at http://bit.ly/3b2NzL
@Yourdogfood ~ Fellow N. Dallas tweeter with kids, animals & a cool healthy food biz for dog & cats: http://bit.ly/3wFlsK
Please follow @mike_kunkle & @kali_kunkle, where we hang out when we’re not @DreamWorthy

Other engaging, friendly and/or kind peeps who we really like. Please follow them too!

@asinglewahm @amous @arbonneteam @akronohiohomes @AlpacaFarmgirl @amronsomar @BarbaraDuke @Bekah72 @DogTalesdragoncade @DavineDC @danielho @ElizObihFrank @flexlewis1 @frankparker @lmpotter @lauraduhaime @mamapr @Mazukins @paula721ReTweetFairy @RosieChihuahua @rosyblue @sparquel @shelleehale @Stephaniec2c @theBigfella @LessaT @WendyGYoung @worldprayr @wifemomme @Yuricon

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DreamWorthy Friend, Ken Ramirez of AxsysTechGroup.com

Posted on 03/15/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

GENTLE REMINDER OF OUR PURPOSE & PRACTICE

DreamWorthy Friends Noteworthy Networkers is a forum designed to showcase and spotlight networking contacts and worthy business friends.

DreamWorthy Friends

This is a socially-oriented, business networking concept. For clarity, it is not intended to focus on “network marketing” or “multi-level marketing.” Nor does it necessarily exclude those who work this business model.

As an added benefit, our concept includes a “Pay It Forward” twist.  As we say in one of our earlier posts, this is our blog to showcase, spotlight, and in general, brag and boast heartily about our networking connections, whom we find worthy of the praise and effort. Once we write about someone, they have the freedom to write about any of their noteworthy networking contacts. So, we hope to create a “Pay It Forward” viral networking vehicle, where networking contacts can showcase their deserving associates and help each other.

WHO’S ON FIRST?

There are a few people with whom I have connected online in the last few months who have become friends that I truly trust.  A behavioral interviewing/hiring consultant I once worked with was fond of saying, “Interview ’em, test ’em, put ’em through the paces. But if you wouldn’t let them watch your kids for a few hours, don’t hire them.” His point was about trust – make sure they have the skills and competencies they need to get the job done, but hire people you can count on; whose word is gold; whose heart is pure (or as pure as we get, as imperfect humans).  Hire people you can trust.

When I think about that, it reminds me of Ken Ramirez of Axsys Technology Group. (Who, by the way, is celebrating his birthday today, March 15. Happy birthday, Ken!)

This is Ken

This is Ken

Ken is an interesting guy. He has an impressive business and technology background, no doubt.  He runs multiple companies, true. But it’s what he does and how he does it that separates Ken from the pack.  Not to mention, he is simply a phenomenally nice human being.

KEN RAMIREZ, THE PERSON

Ken has a degree in Computer Science and more than 20 years of experience in the software development industry. He’s consulted with both small and large companies, and every type of company in between. Some of his past clients have included giants such as American Express, Royal Caribbean, MetLife, Prudential and Merrill Lynch. This speaks to his expertise and professionalism, but barely scratches the surface of Ken, the person.

We first met Ken through LinkedIn in 2008, when we were building our own network. We sent a customized personal response to the large majority of people with whom we connected. Sadly, we received a response about 20% of the time. Ken was one of those who wrote back with a lively, friendly reply that endeared him to us immediately. Within a week, we were helping each other Digg articles and talking about social media and business online. Ken is a very engaging networker and freely shares of his knowledge and expertise, as evidenced by the free webinars he offers. Sure, it’s a marketing tool where he does meet prospective customers, but if you attend one, you’ll hear him sharing for all he’s worth, and not once doing what you would consider a “sales pitch.”  Watch an example here.

I’ll sum up this section about Ken with his own quote, from his Facebook page, right under his profile photo:  “Happiness comes from knowing that what you are doing for others brings them happiness.” That folks, is Ken Ramirez, the person.

AXSYS TECHNOLOGY GROUP, THE BUSINESS

axsystechgroup_logoLet’s talk about his business. I really like Ken’s business vision – it’s simple and clear: “Building the web one site at a time.”  His model is also very simple. He combines top-quality and premium services with the best customer service available. Every customer receives his top-notch customer support no matter how small or large the website or the company. This is so consistent with everything we have seen from Ken. A company can be no better than the person or people behind it, and Ken’s personality, work ethic, beliefs and strong moral footing lay the solid foundation for his company. Making it, of course, the kind of company you can trust and would want to do business with, or refer friends to.

Axsys Technology Group offers a portfolio of website development services, including:

  • Custom Website Development
  • Custom E-Commerce Website Development
  • osCommerce Development and Deployment
  • osCMax Development and Deployment
  • Joomla Website Development and Deployment
  • Flex Development
  • And more

Through its Axsys Hosting website, ATG also offers:

  • Shared Hosting Packages
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Website Templates
  • Merchant Accounts
  • SSL Certificates
  • And more

To learn more about Axsys Technology Group, you can research the following links:

What Axsys Technology Group does:premium_hosting

Axsys’ other web sites include:premium_emarketing

REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE

As you can tell, we recommend and endorse Ken highly. Each time we have reached out to him, he has responded with more than we would ever have anticipated or asked. And every time, his advice or actions have been high quality. Ken is not a “Diamond the the Rough,” he is a true Diamond.

Would you like to network, connect, befriend, buy from, learn from and/or help Ken when he needs it?  You’d benefit – and he’s deserving – so please reach out and let him know that Mike and Kali of DreamWorthyGifts.com sent you (Disclaimer: we get nothing but a thanks and good feelings, so there is no ulterior motive here).

You can find Ken at:

Ken Ramirez
Axsys Technology Group
19290 NW 12th Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

NETWORKING MEANS THE NET IS WORKING

Ken, we hope this helps you in some way, as you have helped us.  Readers, I sincerely hope that Ken – or a connection you make through him – brings additional success your way.

And lastly Ken, the baton is now passed.  Let us know when you want to showcase a noteworthy networking contact and the stage will be yours.

Well that’s it for this post, kind readers. Thank you for reading and for networking.  And hats off to Ken for adding real value to our network and so many others.

Your friends in networking,

Mike & Kali Kunkle
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DreamWorthy Gifts LLC
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