For awhile I stopped going to Twitter. I hated it. I saw ZERO value in it as a social media platform. My feed was nothing but links, people trying to sell me crap and well crap. I felt like everyone was yelling at me to LOOK HERE, CLICK THIS, BUY THAT. It was annoying. It was nothing but noise. And I hated it. My ADD brain couldn’t handle the constant chatter.
My friend told me to mute people. Much like the unfollow button on Facebook, muting people is a way to not see what something posts but still keep them on your follow list. Well I tried it, and it worked. I went through Tweetdeck and muted people until my fingers hurt. And it worked until I went on my phone to the Twitter app. Here’s the problem, when you mute someone on Tweetdeck, it doesn’t mute them on the Twitter app or any other Twitter app / site. So I would still see all the people I muted. It made me cranky.
I didn’t know what to do. But I was tired of bloggers and brands clogging up my feed with nothing but self promotional tweets and noise. Seriously, y’all, it’s bad. Most of you, really suck at the social part of social media. Your feeds read like a walking billboard of ads. It’s constant all day long with no real engagement. It’s just click here, buy this, look at this, click this, buy that. ALL DAY LONG! I’m starting to wonder if you are human or robots.
One day, I was on Facebook. Y’all I LOVE Facebook. Like big puffy heart love Facebook, but that’s a different blog post! And the question got brought up in the group Free Weekly Mastermind about following people back on Twitter. I have always been a follow for follow person. But Dan Morris said something that struck me. He said, he took back control of his Twitter feed by unfollowing everyone and only following those back that he wanted to engage with and who engaged him. A light bulb went off in my head. If Dan could unfollow everyone and not lose everything single follower, why not try it.
So I did! I went through the people I was following and I unfollowed almost every single person. If your last 10 tweets weren’t a link, if you were a real person I engaged with regularly, or a brand I really wanted to follow, I kept you around. The rest are gone. I lost between 500-1000 followers. I haven’t really kept count. I’m not sure I care either. I’m learning to love Twitter again. I’m finding people I never ever saw because my feed was so full of crap. I’m chatting with friends and having real conversations with REAL people. It’s amazing how much fun Twitter is when you aren’t being yelled at all day long.
My 14 yr old said something to me the other day when we were talking about Instagram “Mom, I don’t do that follow for follow crap. I want people to follow me because they like me and I produce good content.”. I got to thinking about it and he’s right. I want you to follow me on Twitter because you like me and I have good content. I don’t want you to follow me just for me to follow you back. I would rather have 20 engaged followers than 5000 followers who aren’t engaged on any social media platform.
If you’re on Twitter, come say hi. I’m @carajouglard. Let’s chat and have a real conversation and bring back the way Twitter was originally before we all forgot the social part of social media and started yelling at everyone to visit our sites and buy our products.
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