A Non-Tweeted Twitter Thank You.

This is by way of once again saying a big “Thank You” to everyone who regularly re-tweets the tweets of my posts on this blog. I try to keep up by ‘Liking’ your re-tweets, but never seem to have time to actually send you all a message.

So; David Prosser, Olga, Robbie, Dannie Hill, David Miller, Felicity, Thom, Teagan, and many more who are not mentioned, but no less important, I just wanted to let you know you are all very much appreciated.

I am not really that ‘up’ on Twitter. I just use it for advertising my posts, and widening the audience for the blog. But if any of you want me to follow you on Twitter, (If I do not do so already) then just add your Twitter name in the comments, and I will happily become one of your followers.

In case anyone wondered, mine is @beetleypete

As long as you are content with my lack of interaction on that platform. 🙂

Best wishes to everyone, Pete.

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Twitter and Blogging: Some thoughts

I rarely use Twitter, to be honest. It all pours in so fast, I just cannot keep up with it. Although I follow quite a few people, mostly fellow bloggers, I am lax in remaining abreast of what they are tweeting. There was a time when I felt a little guilty about this. After all, if I took the trouble to follow someone, then I should make the effort to read what they are tweeting, surely? I just don’t have enough spare time to do this, regrettably. I don’t use portable devices for accessing the Internet, so I am restricted to occasionally checking into Twitter on the PC. As Twitter is such a fast social media platform, the streams of stuff have to be seen to be believed. As fast as I scroll through the messages, dozens more are appearing at the top.

As a result of my sporadic activity, I have only 87 followers, even after all this time. I don’t mind that in the least, as I really only use Twitter to publicise my blog posts, and I never intended to be a real ‘player’ in the Twittersphere. Nonetheless, I am very grateful to be the beneficiary of numerous re-tweets, kindly arranged by some very nice followers of my blog. The potential audience for these tweets is huge. As they are constantly re-tweeted or liked, the number of people who might see them grows exponentially. This does not result in many views of the blog posts though. Clicks from Twitter are listed in the admin dashboard, and in my case they rarely amount to more than a handful a day. This does not mean that I am ungrateful, far from it. I am honoured to have such good friends, and pleased to see any further exposure of my blog.

I made one of the rare visits to my Twitter account today, and noticed that I had received a message from Twitter itself. This was by way of a statistical review of one month of activity on my account. I clicked the link, and tried to make sense of the graphs and information. It appears that I have enjoyed over 1,000 views of my account since the beginning of July. This increased to 2,000 over a 28-day period. Delving further into the graphs provided, the real results of all this activity became plain to see. An average daily figure of just 1 click on a link, and 2 re-tweets. Likes were better, with 9 likes a day during the same period. According to Twitter, this translates to what they call an ‘Engagement Rate’ of just under 3% for the month. I take this to mean that only that percentage of the 1,000 views was acted upon by the readers in some way.

Despite these low numbers, I am encouraged. They mean that at least 30 people have viewed, re-tweeted, or liked tweets on my account. Considering my own lack of engagement, and the fact that I have so few followers, that is more than acceptable to me. So what is the point of this post, and my listing of these figures that mean little or nothing to anyone who is not beetleypete? The conclusion is that it is worth publicising your blog on Twitter, even if you are not currently a user of this platform. If you already enjoy tweeting, then make sure that you include the Twitter button on your blog, and activate the link on your dashboard. If you can, thank anyone who re-tweets, and do the same for them when you get a chance. Every little helps, even 3%.

More Twittering

Ten days ago, I published a post about how I found Twitter baffling. It was a very popular post, and received many views, and some comments. It also inspired quite a few tweets in return, some of which favourited my tweet, then the tweets about my tweet in turn. Then there were numerous re-tweets, of the tweets that had been re-tweeted, or favourited. Are you still with me?

I asked some questions in that first post, mainly about how people manage to keep up with all this barrage of tweeting and re-tweeting. I also wanted to know why they do it.

I got some very constructive feedback, mostly from some valued blogging friends, and also from my new Twitter friends, who were keen to help. One good thing about all social media, is that besides all the bad stuff you hear about it, there are many people who will genuinely help you, with almost anything you want, or need to know. I am still vague about those tweets that feature my ‘Twitter name’ in a big list of others, but seem to have no subject attached, or purpose in tweeting. There are lots and lots of them, so they must mean something.

Most of those responding were very honest about the main reason for all this activity though. It is promotion, of whatever they need to promote. In my case, it’s my blog, for others it might be a book, or a product. A few others who got in touch were like me; bemused, and wondering what it was all about. Those up to speed with the whole Twitter thing, kindly explained how the idea works. You follow a lot of people, and they in turn (hopefully) follow you. They re-tweet your tweets, and you return the favour. You don’t actually have to read their tweets, or even see them. It can all be done automatically. That’s right. There are companies that will provide this service, many of them free of charge. You send them a list of your regular tweeters, and they re-tweet all their tweets for you. You never actually have to see a tweet again presumably, except your own.

I can sort of see the point. It gets you noticed. You are considered to be a reciprocal tweeter, get more followers, who you then follow. You all favourite and re-tweet all the tweets in your circle, until your message, comment, photo, or whatever, gets huge coverage on the Twittersphere. But if they are all using proxy re-tweeters, does anyone actually ever see it? I am back to my dilemma again. Having received all this kind advice, help, and information, I am really none the wiser as to ‘why.’

Do you get it, or is just me again?