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Navigating the Twitterverse: 9/5/2015
In the span of a month since launching my website, my followers in the Twitterverse have grown from less than 100 to almost 700. I’ve gotten a lot of great messages about my art, a lot of favorites and even caught the attention of the official account of BBC America, which favorited one of my paintings. Twitter has been very encouraging, even if it feels very much like a bunch of cacophonous voices screaming into the digital void.
A couple weeks ago, I hit a wall when I discovered that Twitter won’t allow you to follow more than 2,000 people and that the amount of people they’ll allow you to follow is related to the number of people following you. This policy was designed to keep people from doing exactly what I’d been doing -
I want to make some living from my art, even if the living is a meager supplement to my current salary as a senior writer. So far I’ve made very little. I’ve had a few commissioned paintings, but I’ve only made $6.50 selling prints on Society6.com (which I can thank my sister for). Whenever I post links to Society6 on Twitter, I get several people to favorite the tweet and will even get some re-
As such, I’ve been spending the last couple week combing through the list of accounts that I’ve followed to eliminate and unfollow accounts that clearly aren’t going to offer me much in return. I’ve gone from 2,000 to 1200. These are the types of accounts I’ve found, upon closer examination.
Disproportionate Follower to Following Ratio: I found a considerable number of accounts with far more followers than following. With celebrity accounts, this makes sense. But these accounts were, as far as I could tell, not celebrities. And their tweets didn’t suggest some unfound wisdom being imparted to the masses or a humorous voice that garnered a larger audience. These accounts garnered a lot of suspicion. Either the majority of the followers are fake or the person simply doesn’t follow anybody back. Unfollowed.
Role Playing Accounts: I discovered that I had followed hundreds of Role Playing accounts. These are accounts where people pretend to be various characters from Doctor Who. They rarely follow anybody back and aren’t interested in much more than pretending to be the voice of the character. Unfollowed.
Podcasts: To be honest, I have no interest in listening to a podcast. I’ve never understood the appeal of a podcast, which is strange because a podcast is really just a blogger who likes the sound of their own voice. Still, there’s something peculiar about podcasts that I’ve noticed. They either take themselves far too seriously or they think they are a comedy troupe. I probably liked a couple hundred Doctor Who themed podcasts. If I were a skilled self-
Acive Accounts: By far the biggest number of people that I followed who didn’t follow back are active tweeters that mention Doctor Who in their bio or have a photo with something Doctor Who related. This really is going to be the core of my audience. I looked closely at these accounts. Were they tweeting about Doctor Who? How often was Doctor Who a topic of their tweets? If DW was clearly an obsession, I’d favorite several of their tweets. I called this seeding. I would seed their account and wait to see if it resulted in a return. This seems to work. Some people want interaction before they’ll follow back. If I seeded an account and got nothing in return, I’d unfollow. In my view, Twitter only works if it’s a two-
I ran into account after account like this. People whose last tweets talked about suicide, self-