First of all the most crazy thing I read in the post about Gaming Twitter on Communication Overtones was that Twitter originated in April 2006, I guarantee half the people in our class did not know this!
I didn’t know that people “gamed twitter”. What it means to game twitter is when you create tons of followers by telling them you will follow them back, neither party has any interest in the contest either is posting. I find it fascinating that people even care if 1. They have followers and 2. That other people “game twitter”. If someone is using Twitter for proffesional means, shouldn’t they be professional and not act like a 7 year old and fight over who has more friends? This seems funny to me.
These are the Twitter rules to Game Twitter:
Four Steps To Game Twitter
1. Sign up for a Twitter account, creative name gets you extra credit but isn’t necessary
2. Automatically follow people with similar interests by searching for specific keywords and autofollowing people. One of the most well-known services for this is Twollo
3. Sign up for all of the services that help you manage your followers: SocialToo, TweetLater, My Tweeple, Friend or Follow, Mr. Tweet, TweetSum and others. Use them to unfollow anyone who doesn’t follow you, preferably leaving only those that autofollow. Rinse and repeat this step daily.
5. Be sure that you auto follow people so others like you will add you.
I did not know that there were services that manage your followers, it is like a vaccum that goes through your account daily. This seems like far too much work to claim you have followers, when really do you care about any of them.
On an additional note, did this article REALLY post something reminding people not to pay people to follow them on Twitter…what is our world coming to, this is ridiculous!
In this post there are links to people’s opinions on what it was like before Twitter became a huge trend, for personal use. There is also a link to ways that a business can use Twitter affectively, which is a good idea for all of us in this class launching a social media campaign, to make sure we are selling Twitter the correct way!