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"How the Internet is like a Small Town"
...Twitter is coffee shop of the world... the whole world can now know about the good or bad thing you did just like it's always happened at the small town coffee shop.

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How/Why I use twitter!?

First off let me run 2 asterisks or disclaimers:

*1. If you don't like/get or just flat out hate twitter, that's cool. It is definitely not for everyone and I can appreciate that. (click here to just laugh at me)

**2. If you are reading on it is important to me that you understand this post is just me sharing how I use twitter. I don't know if my way is a good way or a bad way, I don't care. I sincerely don't care how you use twitter, it is truly a tool to be used 100% at the user's discretion.Even spammers, #dowatchalike , I can always choose to not follow you. (Obviously you gotta follow the law and Twitter's Terms)

Ok so that said....

I really like twitter. I love the conversation on it. That word, conversation, is really my motto or mission statement on twitter. The concept of conversation is how I make decisions on twitter.

Here's what I do on Twitter.

1. I share: I post thoughts and links about stuff I think is cool, I love when it produces conversation.
2. I communicate, sometimes I kinda look at it as a chat tool. I just carry on conversations with great folks.(seekzpeace)
3. I learn - holy crap there's alot of people way smarter than me on twitter and I like getting smarter.(Unmarketing)
4. I laugh - theres also some really funny people on twitter. (Badbanana)
5. I drop little notes to my wife cause... well... gotta let her know I love her. (tamajama)
6. I just read - I heard that smart people read alot so I look for stuff that keeps my attention long enough to stay focused on. (flawnt)

How do I decide who to follow?
***Update 7/14/09 -I was spending too much time checking every single follower out. I still check most of them but my rule is now that I just follow those that interact or "@codyks" me, thanks.
1. I check the profile and web link of every single (not spammers) person that follows me and if they look interesting or smarter than me, I follow and see if they want to communicate. Twitter is not about being a bystnader looking on, to me, so if they don't want to communicate I am likely to unfollow later. If they are a legit news source (breakingnews) or just too funny or interesting to worry about communicating with (abba_ks) I will continue to follow. But mostly if they aren't willing to have a back and forth once in a while. I won't follow. I am very concerned and aware of who I follow. I want to try and catch as much knowledge/entertainment as possible from my friends so I try to keep my timeline from getting overwhelming. Please be aware I know this loses me followers. I know some folks follow me and I don't follow back so they unfollow. I don't care. I don't want to hurt anyones feelings, but being able to keep track of and actually communicate with my friends is way more important to me than my followers number.

2. I also sometimes check my friends "following" lists and see if there is any good follows there. Same rules as above, I follow them and see if they want to be a part of the discussion and if not I am likely to unfollow. But some again are just to smart/funny/interesting to ever stop following.

How do I get people to follow me?

I don't, I just try to be sincere and genuine and participate and thats it. I don't have a ton of followers because of that and that's cool cause I can communicate with them. I respond to every single reply I get, Again, I like the conversation.

If you are just starting out, be patient, but also be picky. Following massive amounts of people in hopes to get followers makes you look like a spammer, be sincere and genuine and it will happen. if you are just starting out, all the people I linked to in this article are great follows. They are a good place to start to get to know some folks.

If you have any questions I will give you answers, they will be answers about how I do it, not facts, just my opinion.

if you want I am here on twitter.

Thanks! Thoughts?


I love the discussion in the comments.. so... GO FOR IT!

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