ergophobe - 7:28 pm on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm a Queeter to be honest - I've quit Twitter. But when I was doing it, I was thinking about such things...
Use once an hour as an initial guideline
If you post once per hour and I see that in your stream, I will never add you.
If you are in my stream and you suddenly start posting once per hour, I will immediately drop you.
If you post more than twice per day and the quality of the posts is anything other than excellent, I will drop you.
This statement should be your motto “My interaction on Twitter should be driven by making myself valuable to my followers and those non following me yet!”
Exactly. And nobody can do that every thirty minutes.
I think one key is deciding what Twitter is doing for you. I think there are various modes as, for example
- broadcast mode: you really aren't reading your stream, but you use it as a way to get info out. This works for ISPs, for example, who tweet system updates
- listen mode: you use Twitter to track chatter. Zappos is famous for doing this well.
Thinking about the mode you're in helps you define and refine your actions.