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The Marketing Nut: 26 Things Twitter is NOT Blog Post ResponseWhen I was first introduced to The Marketing Nut, I thought to myself, “Oh great, another social media expert.” Just what we need… another person that thinks social media is a means to an end. Wonderful! But that’s not the case, and after reading only a few blogs I fell in love with her content, subscribed to her RSS feed, and have been reading everything she has posted since. So when she posted a blog called Tweeting Clueless: 26 Things Twitter is NOT, I just couldn’t leave a comment… I needed to write my own blog post on the subject.

Since I write for BlogNotions, I figured that I would write a response there. It’s a fitting outlet for something like this, and since I have to write a blog each month, why not use this? Anyway, so here it is… my response for her 26… one at a time.

Please read her blog post first. That way you know what comments I am responding to here. I don’t want to copy and paste her content when you can just as easy go read it for yourself on her blog. Like I said, it’s great content.

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Flash… yuck!
  2. There are several folks that I have seen do this… and only one person that has done it well. He tried to get published, and had a great novel… but decided to publish on Twitter. Past that, try a different solution.
  3. Everything you post… EVERYTHING you post is in the public domain. (Yes, I understand that there are private accounts… but so few people run private accounts, I am referring to public accounts here.) Trust me, that stuff gets back to your boss… or mom. Just be smart about the content you post.
  4. I have to disagree with this one… texting while driving is now against the law here in Indiana… but I admit, I do it from time to time. I am more into changing the song on Spotify than I am in sending a tweet. But I do think, if done properly and not excessively, it’s okay to tweet while you drive. But in moderation!
  5. I hate to hear that… but I have tweeted from a red light. A red light is time wasted, depending on how long you sit in traffic each day. That’s time that might be well spent replying to an email, dialing a phone number, or again… changing the song on Spotify.
  6. Bingo… it’s just a single form of communication. Nothing replaces a face-to-face conversation. Family or not.
  7. I do post links to blogs that I write… but I add unique content with each tweet. But this is key. Twitter works because of your level of transparency. Over 80% of my tweets are replies. I engage… I interact with people. If you are not engaging with your audience, you are doing it wrong.
  8. I couldn’t have said that better myself. I don’t care what it looks like… although I do hate seeing a RT reply. But that’s for another time!
  9. You either “get it” or you don’t. And when you do in fact “get it”… you will know. From that point on, it’s all gravy. (I do like gravy!)
  10. IT IS WHEN I TYPE IN ALL CAPS.
  11. Like they say, “What happens in Vegas stays on Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube…” You get the picture. Think about EVERYTHING you say online.
  12. Why lie online? For that matter, why lie at all? That has never helped anyone get ahead. Be transparent. The older I get the more I understand that.
  13. That all goes back to being smart about your content. I post a lot… a LOT more than most people. But I am smart about each one. Don’t drink and tweet.
  14. I found my balance in continuous content. I love the idea of spreading my thoughts, whether they are pushed data or just searching a key criteria and engaging with others tweeting about things I like. If you engage, everything else will fall into place.
  15. If you don’t want to share, then get offline.
  16. If you don’t like people… get offline.
  17. Again, we keep going back to the level of engagement. If someone tweets you… ALWAYS reply. Sure, there are times that a response is unnecessary. But for the most part, always be the one to get the last word. It will always force the response back to the person you are engaging.
  18. I have done that… maybe ten times since I started Twitter. I did it a few times when I first started with my Facebook business page. LinkedIn is different for me. I have to work with the person to connect with him or her on LinkedIn. But you’re right… I will like your stuff if your content is good.
  19. I post a lot of stuff like that. But I do it with purpose. I don’t just search for random quotes to push content.
  20. Who is that?
  21. I have used Twitter to raise money… but more importantly I raise awareness of the event that I am playing in. I managed to raise over $1,000 for my last event by using Twitter and Twitter alone. So it does work. But don’t bore me with it.
  22. This is the Internet… I don’t have any more secrets.
  23. In my opinion, haters mean that I am doing something right. If people don’t hate you, try harder.
  24. And not just Google+. Twitter is NOT like any other social network. Facebook is not like any other social network. Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube… KEEP THEM SEPARATE. I HATE when people treat these solutions as the same. Twitter-based content belongs on Twitter… that’s it. It is not acceptable to post Twitter content on foursquare and Facebook… take the time to care about your message.
  25. That’s why I have a butler. (I wish I could afford a butler!)
  26. Part of my daily responsibilities is to post content on Twitter for several clients. So even when I am getting paid to tweet, it’s still not an excuse for any of that.

Man that was fun! Thank you so much you nut… you Marketing Nut! That was a lot of fun to go through those and respond as quickly as I could. I didn’t want to think about the response, or it would have defeated the purpose. Anyway, that was fun and I hope you see some value in my thought process. I think we agree on a lot of things.

Anyway, how do YOU use Twitter?

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4 comments

  1. Joshua Bucy
    Monday, August, 8, 2011

    Ricky, if you’re texting and tweeting while driving (but in moderation!), you’re making a conscious plan to kill somebody.

    • rickyleepotts
      Monday, August, 8, 2011

      Now before you go and say that… remember I drive a Smart car. So the chances of me hitting anything… the chances of me hitting anything and they actually knowing what happened… well, I’ll risk it. Trust me, even when I text and or tweet and drive, I am totally aware of my surroundings. I do agree that this is and will become a bigger problem in the future with the increase of cell phone users. Thanks for the comment buddy!

  2. Steve Hill
    Wednesday, August, 10, 2011

    If you consciously planned to kill someone (criminal intent) and actually did, you would be changed with murder. Without that conscious plan it would be manslaughter. I’m pretty sure the people who’ve killed people texting and driving were not charged with murder.

    Call it negligence all you want, but texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving such as eating, flipping through an ipod or a cd case, doing makeup, hushing the kids in the back seat, etc. DO NOT constitute planning to kill someone.

  3. Harrison Painter
    Saturday, August, 13, 2011

    Please don’t text and drive, at all. Period. I want you around blogging your wisdom for a long time to come brother!!!!!

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