76 Replies to “My Five Preferred Kinds of Tweets”

  1. I liked this article. I think I am more of a conversational Tweeter, but I try to make sure my personality comes through my posts. I also enjoy sharing interesting links because I like helping people learn about things I find interesting.

    I wish there was an easy way to categorize Tweets and present a pie chart showing how much of each category I do. That would help set goals and manage against results.

  2. Anjuan – I agree, it would be interesting to use a semantic tool that would give you that information, but then you run into another problem.

    Some weasel somewhere will start comparing the “Tweet Mix” of people with big followings, and attempt to scientifically define “What is your optimum Tweet Budget.”

    Then we have people holding off on some brilliant insight, because they’ve been too conversational today, and need to share a few more links to get back into harmonious balance.

    Geoff knows where I stand on this. Be Yourself. The rest are here: http://ike4.me/t10

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  5. Great post! Was coaching a Shakespeare theater on this – the questions isn’t “To Tweet or Not To Tweet” – It’s What to Tweet. That’s where a lot of nonprofits get stuck — what to Tweet?

    Here’s my preferred types of Tweets – similar to yours but arrived at after looking at what gets retweeted.
    http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2010/02/what-type-of-tweets-get-retweeted-most.html

    * Retweets of others: Verbaitem sharing of someone’s message that I feel is important for followers to know about.
    * Share Links w/Brief Comment: This comes from my daily scanning of resources about social media, nonprofits, and philanthropy and picking out five good links and passing them along with a 140 character annotation. These are a few gems that I’ve bookmarked on delicous and slightly different than those streamed on my blog. (And usually doesn’t include the best Facebook links which are shared on my Facebook Fan Page)

    * Live Tweeting: If I am at a conference or meeting, I’m usually live blogging or tweeting. I like to live tweet because it forces a discipline of listening.

    * Closing the Triangle: This is a network weaving technique of introducing people in your network.

    * Crowdsourcing Questions: I use this when I’m developing training materials, particularly for case studies or sometimes for demos of Twitter as a crowdsourcing tools. Usually I ask a question, and try to get people to answer in another place like a google document or wiki.

    * Bytes of Wisdom or humor: I share some geek humor now and then. I also share some meta reflections or wisdom about what works or doesn’t work in using social media for nonprofits.

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  7. This is a great breakdown of the types of tweets we send, and how they are received by others. I find that retweeting is so easy, I get into the habit of doing it too often, and I have more trouble engaging others in conversations, but it’s good to remember we need a balance to keep others interested.
    Thanks for the post!

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