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The Lost Art of the @ Reply

June 15, 2009

When Twitter first started becoming even somewhat popular, every blogger worth his salt wrote at LEAST one post about Twitter edict. And one of the most important points that everyone made about Twitter use was reciprocity! Don’t just post links and little quips; interact, and engage your followers. No matter how excellent the content you post is, you need to join the conversation. And for a long time, most tweeple seemed to follow this, and if they didn’t they never gained a big following. Tweeters with @the_real_shaq have shown us that no matter how many followers you get, it is still important to interact with your followers.

This being said, a new breed of Tweeters have emerged that do not follow this golden rule of engagement. They have large followings (I will not name names of course though!), and do not ever @ reply anyone!? I may be confused, but Twitter is a social network, and social implies interaction, and even though many of these tweeple do provide excellent content, I just really don’t think they are going to discover their ‘twitter potential” as it were.

This has been bothering me for a while and was hoping for reactions from other people on this….

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2009 1:40 pm

    I agree completely. I also had the problem of not @ replying people, and even though I didn’t have a big following, it was shrinking. In the last couple days I have been interacting much more and followers have grown immensely. Great post, thanks!

  2. Lauren B. permalink
    June 22, 2009 1:19 pm

    I am also in total agreement. It peeves me to no end that there are people out there with less than a few hundred followers who interact and engage in conversations on a daily basis, but there are people with thousands of followers who never @reply, follow very few people, and rarely or never respond to those who do speak to them. They might think that having so many followers gives them authority, or that to respond to all their @replies would take far too long, but it would be nice to see some of these people put forth a little effort to connect with others. Especially when all their links and tweets have to do with best practices for social media or promotion of their own material, it just seems ludicrous to follow their instruction if they do not even take their own advice.

    • agencyatlarge permalink*
      June 22, 2009 10:12 pm

      Thanks to both for comments! And to Lauren – I completely agree, I of course did not want to call anyone out in particular, even though sometimes I wish I would, but you stated exactly my problem with some tweeters.

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