Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

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Daily Archives: April 5, 2011

Welcome to the twelfth installment of Twitter Tuesday. In the spirit of Twitter, this blog will be short and sweet and to the point. The tips offered here are all based off my best-selling book We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. If our goal is to build an author platform in the thousands to tens of thousands, then we will have to approach Twitter differently than a faceless corporation or even the regular person who does not possess a goal of becoming a brandwill help you rule the Twitterverse without devolving into a spam bot.

This Week’s Fail Whale–The Covert Tweep

Covert Tweep is super-secret, and it is only if we know the super-secret password and use our decoder ring to solve the CAPTCHA of Doom do we get the blessed “privilege” of conversing with Covert Tweep.

Yeah…sorry. Not that motivated.

They key to building a successful platform is we must be accessible and low-maintenance. Don’t make people solve Captchas and go to sites to verify they are human. It’s annoying.

Kind of like. I don’t shop in stores where there are cameras and closed-circuit televisions everywhere to let me know “the store is watching.” I hate stores that have anti-theft everything to the point that I feel like I stepped into a world created by Orson Welles. Plainly put? I am not a thief and I resent being treated like one.

Now, the stores are free to do what they need to do, but I am also free to take my money elsewhere…and I do. Same with Covert Tweep. Covert Tweep is free to lock down all information, and I am free to ignore the Human Tests and move on to other friends who don’t treat me like a spammer.

Yes, Twitter gives us the ability to keep our Tweets secure, but why? If everything we post is a secret…doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose to being on Twitter?

And forget about those verifying services. Really.

We need to just let people follow us with a single click. DO NOT make people click a link to go to a site to prove they are human. That is treating people like they are spammers and phishers.  Always give the benefit of the doubt and assume people are friends.

Then, if they are a spammer…um. Unfollow, then block & report them. Two clicks. Very easy. Twitter will ban them.

I have had WRITERS (who I assume are on Twitter to build a platform), whom I have tried to follow, but couldn’t.

Sorry, this user’s tweets are private.

WHAT???$#%^&*( *

Or I try to follow someone, and they want me to prove I’m not a bot. Yeah, um I will get right on that…or not.

This Week’s Twitter Tip–Be a Twitter Pal

Covert Tweep might have a secret club, but it is gonna be really tough…ok, impossible to build a platform if we make others have to prove themselves first.

On the other hand? Twitter Pals rule!

Be a Twitter Pal and make it easy for us to be your friend.  One great way to be a Twitter Pal is to Follow every person who talks to you, mentions you, or RTs you. Just get in the habit of clicking the name, viewing the profile, and then hitting Follow. Slow and steady wins the race. Following a few people a day can gain you a massive and genuine following in no time.

Tweet ya later!