A thank you Tweet from Windmill Marketing’s Social Media Strategist @NealSchaffer reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share with my regular readers and collaborators why as we get busier we will need to do things a little differently. Twitter thank yous are a good example.
We all know that what we do on Twitter and all social media is about relationships. We also know it is only polite to say ‘Thank You’ and ‘You’re Welcome’. Have you noticed that sometimes people say thank you on Twitter but mostly they don’t? Here’s why:
Can you imagine what our Twitter timelines would look like
if we said thank you and you’re welcome
for every shared link, tweet, and retweet?
When you’re following thousands of Twitter users that many tweets like that would drive them all bonkers. What power Twitter users do instead is reciprocate. If you say ‘thanks for retweeting’ we retweet something else. 🙂
That’s a win-win and while it does lose some of the closeness of directly chatting, we can make up for that by giving someone our complete attention periodically. As influence grows it is necessary to reduce the time we spend on some things to do more of other productive things.