tweet-itis (have you got symptoms?)

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Do you clam up when your phone beeps to let you know you have a new follower?

Don’t quite know how to respond, react, keep your cool, be out there; whilst not divulging your secrets, but managing to build a strong relationship with your fellow followers?

You could be suffering from TWEET-ITIS!!

It’s official. If you can’t quite understand how you can interact, be genuine and have time to read all five million tweets of the five thousand Tweeters you follow everyday, YET maintain your credibility – read on.

I know, there are pages and pages of tweet-advice on the net. Not to mention the hundreds of tweeters currently in your network who could let you know exactly how it should be done (sometimes at a price). But the more I read, the more confused I become!

There’s just far too much information on my feed everyday to possibly pick out the tweets that interest me. I know there are hashtags and subjects you can search and read about, but I follow people for a reason – because I want to hear what they have to say!

I’m not the most out-going Tweeter and I never will be, it’s just not the way I roll; but I do want to interact and engage with people in mutual support, as well as current and potential customers.

So, how do you make Twitter work for you?

If I had the answer to that, I’d probably be an internet marketer. But I’m not, so here’s my take on it.

If you are an introverted type, you may find it particularly exhausting to spend a large chunk of your day talking to people on Twitter (as well as everywhere else you have to do this already).

Unfortunately, you might also find it a waste of time to say ‘thanks for following’ (polite I hear), ‘good morning’ (also nice) and ‘how are you?’ (especially when you don’t actually know the person).

Therefore, as much as it is lovely for me when others do this, it’s not something I’m comfortable in partaking for myself. Instead, I’ll happily share my thoughts of the day (not consistent – therefore a key symptom of tweet-itis), a link to my latest blog post (usually because I would like people to read the posts, as I wrote them for them) and re-tweet topical and socially interesting tweets from other sources – to share my personality and views without re-inventing the wheel. The thing is, this doesn’t do me any favours in terms of followers.

Dreading follow friday (#ff).

Another symptom of tweet-itis. Because you know full well, as you read your feed on Friday mornings, that you’re ninety-five percent unlikely to be mentioned. You didn’t spend the week talking to your lovely followers on Twitter after all.

The inability to publicly communicate with another Tweeter.

An important symptom of tweet-itis. Zum Beispiel: I see a business or person that I would potentially like to work with. I want to tell them that. I can’t face publicly doing this on Twitter. I actually made myself do it today, it wasn’t so bad, just a little cringe-worthy. Like at lot of mere mortals, rejection is not my best friend, no matter how much I’m hardened to it. But in the world of business and with so many services on offer, rejection is almost certain. I know. I should ‘man up’ a bit (for my non-English friends, this means be a lot stronger and take it on the chin That means the same thing, but is less sexist).

A fear of automated solutions.

The final symptom of tweet-itis to take note of. I can completely see why they’re necessary for businesses to manage multi-platform social media accounts, especially as a key marketing strategy. But like anything; if everyone does the same, it just becomes part of the giant machine. And who wants to be part of another machine? It’s ironic that the reason many of us are on Twitter in the first place building small businesses is so that we’re no longer part of the machine. I want to use Twitter to market my business, I really do, but I don’t want to feel like I sold out to another mass-production/mass-media/general mass-ness (that’s a word, I just invented it).

Make a difference to tweet-itis sufferers everywhere!

Tweeters, my request is simple. We’re part of a diverse and inclusive world, so please don’t forget about the tweet-itis sufferers (a.k.a. the introverts). Their views and businesses are just as interesting, they just don’t tweet about them quite so often so you’ll need to scroll back a bit further or even go straight to their Twitter page.

And for tweet-itis sufferers, you know who you are. Don’t man-up – just be true to yourselves. That way you’ll always be successful. Maybe I should start a new twitter trend……

If you’d like to support tweet-itis sufferers everywhere, please tweet with #tweet-itis. You can follow me on Twitter at @lifeinzuri (though don’t expect too many tweets to read!).

I was inspired to write about my Twitter problem when I read a post by Ute Wieczorek-King , about being yourself in business I tweeted Ute to say I loved it – because I really did!

If you like this, you might like the art of conversation or the business plan monster living under my bed. You can also hit like, which supports my introvert way of feeling appreciated….

About lifeinzuri
Thirty-something Englanderin copywriter and business owner in Zurich ... Blogging about life, love, language barriers and small business on the best journey of my life :)

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