The Great (?) Social Networking Experiment, Chapter 5
How many weeks now into my Twitter experience – three? I still don’t get it. Maybe I’m truly not cool enough, as my son would say. Or maybe I’m not working it correctly, but so far it’s proving to be no more than another attention-stealing reason why I need medication or less technology in my life.
I threw myself out there as your guinea pig (or is that Twitterpig?). I’ve followed a few hundred people. I’ve tried being “business-y” when that’s not who I am. I’ve tried being myself (yep, that fell flat, too). I’ve tried logging on twice a day for five minutes each. So confusing! I’ve tried following threads of conversation, but they’re not really threads – they’re more like fabric swatches from hundreds of different stores. One’s ranting on about why women are from Venus. Another is sharing financial news. Still another is wondering where his socks went. There are lunch updates, weather updates, and political banter that I normally try to avoid. Am I the only Tweeple who doesn’t get what the hell is going on? I get the impression if I screamed “Fire!” in Twitterland, no one would notice or tweet over a hose. Is it too much noise to be effective?
Truth is it’s not. Others have found connections with clients there. Some have built a huge following, upping the credibility factor with clients. Others have promoted successfully their blogs or their businesses. I’m doing something wrong – I’m sure of it.
But that begs the question – if it’s such a mystery to me, is it really the social networking tool or is the fit not right?
What SN tools have you used that have left you confused or unimpressed? What’s worked for you? Feel free to sing the praises of Twitter – I’ve not given up. I’m just at a crossroads and I need some direction.