I’ve always been a big fan of Twitter. It’s a social network that is quick and immediate. Allowing conversation to flow naturally, in any direction, with people finding each other with similar interests (for instance – book lovers, cake adorers and health fans) with the easy ability for others to jump into ongoing chats with ease.
I have become real-life friends with people where conversations originally started on Twitter a few years ago. We started talking on Twitter and have since met at festivals and become true friends.
The problem I’ve found over the past year is that I’ve found it more and more difficult to even get into a conversation when I’ve logged into Twitter. All I’ve found is a timeline of Retweets and promotion.
Yes, I do retweet friends and people I’m following, tweets at times, it’s called sharing the love. I also share tweets that I find interesting or that I think my followers might find interesting, but there’s more to Twitter than that. I need to find the art of conversation again.
So, with that in mind, last week, I started a mini-movement of my own to #BringSocialBack to Twitter and created a Twitter list, asking who was fed up of Twitter being filled with RTs and promo and who wanted to bring the social back. I was amazed by the feedback. By how many people were fed up and how many people wanted to talk.
Since I created the list – I think it was Wednesday – I don’t think I’ve stopped talking. It has been wonderful. There are over 50 people on the Bringing Social Back, list, including people who I’m not following and they’re not following me. But, what happens is, if you’re on the list is, you subscribe to the list and then check the list through the day and it’s like its own Twitter stream. You see all your fellow conversationalists. Those people you know want to talk, those people who won’t mind you jumping into their ongoing conversations. People who you can have conversations with. People who will be trying harder not to just retweet and trying to lower their own promotions.
Yes, promotion may still happen, but social media is about being social. If you are constantly telling people about your work people are likely to zone out, but if you are just you then people will engage with you and are more likely to listen once in a while when you do have something promotional to tell them.
Find me on Twitter at @RebeccaJBradley if you want to #BringSocialBack.
Do you think Twitter has changed over the past year or so? Are you fed up of its lack of personality recently? Do you think you can change your little corner of it?
(Sorry, my laptop wouldn’t upload the image file this morning.)