Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Twitter plea that kills me

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Twitter is a great communications tool. I manage several different accounts, but focus most of my attention on @evo_terra and @Podiobooks.com. The first is me, in all my glory. Those that follow there know that it's often times not safe for work. But that's the real me, and I'm not at work all the time.

The second is also me, but me as the guy running the day-to-day operations of Podiobooks.com, a site that gives away free audiobooks in serialized form. It's all about the site, new books, existing books, authors, etc....

And as much as it kills me to say this, I need your help.

You see, I've noticed that people like to talk -- a lot -- about audiobooks on Twitter. Especially, they like to talk to others about what they are listening to, what they like and what they don't like. I've been using my Podiobooks.com twitter account to do two things:
  1. Follow the real people who follow @Podiobooks.com. No, I don't auto-follow. I look at each and every new follower notice and add based on what I see. I don't add those who've only added for the express purpose of inflating their follower count. That's a very douche-y action. Which is part of why this plea kills me.
  2. Those who talk about Podiobooks.com or free audiobooks. I facilitate this by monitoring the Twitter stream and picking up on conversations here and there. I figure that an innocuous follow notice is much better than me saying "Check us out for free audiobooks" every time someone asks where they can be found. Think of it as my commitment to de-cluttering the Twittersphere.

And that brings me to my problem. Twitter limits your ability follow more than 2,000 people. That limit is removed when your followers also pass 2,000. In principal, I agree with why they've done this. But in practice, it's causing me pain. As of this posting, the @Podiobooks.com account only has 1,625 followers. And I have dozens of new follower requests every day by real people I'd like to follow back. But I can't. Not until I break 2,000.

So here's the plea: Follow @Podiobooks.com on Twitter? You have no idea how it pains me to ask that.

So why don't I just unfollow those not following me? Well... I don't think reciprocal follows are all that important. I follow people -- on both accounts -- for a primary reason: it allows them to DM me should they wish to. On Podiobooks.com, I get DM requests pretty often. Listeners with praise or issues, new authors looking for more info, and publishers wanting to know what it's all about. And since Twitter -- rightly so -- only allows people to DM you who you are following, that communication point is cut-off.

Well, until get ~375 more followers to that account.

Take a look at how often I tweet over there. It's rarely more than 2 - 3 tweets per day. Very low volume. So it shouldn't impact your existing stream all that much.

I need to go shower now. I feel dirty after this. :(

















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5 comments:

  1. Please follow- you may even find a new source of entertainment- podiobooks rock!! I always appreciate your updates, thanks.

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  2. I feel your pain, Evo. I am at the same point - 2,000 people I'm following, but only about 1630 that are following me... i'm already following Podiobooks, but will add ya to my other twitter account (@irdetroit) - almost considered setting up a personal twitter and a podcast twitter, crazy that Twitter has this limit, especially for us that have been using the site for over 2 years.

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  3. Okay. I did this for you, Evo. God, it pains me to say that!

    I think that may mean you owe me a beer next we meet.

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  4. Hello, just followed you - this is the first time I've ever heard a good reason for getting followers! :)
    Good luck!

    twitter.com/oh_amanda

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  5. Thanks for your help, ladies. We're still a ways from the goal, but we're a lot closer. Time to pour it on!

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