Is The Conversation On Twitter What You Want It To Be?

I was looking at my twitter feed a couple of weeks ago and noticed the main list I follow was mostly retweeted links from other twitter profiles.

Part of me loves this. The part that wants to learn more, read more and tune into what others are reading. The wealth of knowledge out there on any subject really is overwhelming when you think about it.

But there’s another part of me that is actually overwhelmed by all of the info and trying to keep up with all of the great info out there.

Then there’s this part of me. The part when the first couple of years I was on twitter, it was mostly conversation with friends… or making new friends on twitter.

It was the funny banter going back and forth. It was the annoying conversation I was watching between two or three people that I really didn’t know. It was the interaction that was happening that allowed you to really peak into the life of someone else in a way you wouldn’t have known before.

It was… Conversation.

I’m always telling people they should engage more with others online. But then I look at my twitter habits and think… “I’m so guilty of not being part of the conversation or adding to it… or engaging others.” I’ve become that guy who is there… but not there.

Now… there are some people I follow on twitter who just put out links they are reading and some really cool bits of info with the occasional personal stuff thrown in.

Those twitter people serve a very important purpose in giving us very valuable info from what they are reading and experiencing in their lives. I think people like this get a hall pass in my book. They are huge bloggers and are known for their content as well as finding great content by others… keep it coming.

But for me and my own twitter experience, I think I need to go back to the conversation. Take a little time to get to know people and say hi.

Some of the greatest friends in my life… in my non-virtual life… came from building relationships on twitter. Yes… it can happen.

So I think I’m going to start trying something a little different.

I’m going try and spend 10% of my time on twitter tweeting out links to what I’m reading and another 10% twittering content that is specific to what I’m trying to promote.

But the other 80%? Instead of just retweeting others… I’m going to try and just have good conversation as well or show you what I’m seeing as the day happens through instagram.

I know… it must sound a little lofty but I think my twitter experience is a little stale and needs a little more focus on others.

So, again I ask you…

Is The Conversation On Twitter What You Want It To Be? If not, how will you change it?


The views expressed here are those of a personal nature and do not reflect the corporate view of my employer or anyone else who employee my services.
  • Meg Davis @InverseDream

    I’m really glad you posted this. I’ve bumped into a lot of people on twitter who seem to have made it a  “mass networking” thing but they miss out on relationships. I try to keep my intake small with only 56 people, some who don’t even tweet that much. I also have twitter friends I don’t follow listed in groups which I visit when I make time. 

    This way I’m able to read everything in my twitterfeed and really focus on making conversation with the people I care about. This is my Twitter and I want to keep it that way. Thanks again for sharing and good luck! :-) 

    • Spence Smith

      Thanks Meg. I’m still trying to stream line my stream so I can pay more attention to people and engage with them. It’s so important to get to know people right? I think so:)
      Thanks again for the comment!