One Tweet Does Not a Conversation Make

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say something along the lines of, “I don’t like Twitter because you can’t have a conversation and connect with people in only 140 characters,” I’d be swimming in singles.

How do these people communicate in “real life”?

Conversations are a back and forth exchange of words and ideas. Connections result from those conversations. Sure, if you expect the conversation to end when you hit send, don’t expect a lot out of Twitter.

The beauty and fun of  Twitter is that you can’t spew a giant manifesto at another person. The 140 character limit is forcing you to take a breath and listen. Just like in real life, some people talk back and some don’t. Why is their issue—not yours—but that’s the subject of another post.

As one of the 4 E’s of social media—Engage—Twitter is actually the ideal venue for connections and conversations. Sure, it’s not the ONLY venue but if you’re not getting it here, you’re probably not getting results in other areas either.

There are a lot of walking billboard on Twitter. People who do nothing but tweet quotes—sometimes self-generated—or announce the latest thing for sale.

No engagement there.

There are also the Twitter snobs who ignore everything around them and only “talk” with 2-3 people.

No engagement there.

One of the big points that applies to all Social Media is the ability for people to connect. No more static web pages and technologically confused members of Congress and the courts who think the Internet is just another form of TV or print distribution.

Twitter is both fun and useful. Use it to find people who are talking about your passions. Listen and engage. Some people will give you the digital equivalent of a polite nod and stare. Move on. The better connections are waiting. It just takes more than one tweet to find and make them.

Feel free to say hi on Twitter: I say hi back. @davesaunders

1 Comment

  1. Louise Edington on July 23, 2010 at 12:30 am

    so true – took me a while to 'get' twitter but I am loving it now and am meeting some really cool people.

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