Over the last few weeks I have seen a noticeable drop in conversations on Twitter.Â At first I thought it was because people were not engaging as much. A few friends began to comment about the same issue. I had to wonder if it was the result of us not engaging others first.Â After all, if we go to a party no one will talk back if all we do is listen to dozens of conversations.Â We have to find the conversations to engage in.
Many of the twitter accounts I use are steadily growing and so the number of messages in the main river has become a bit overwhelming.Â Â On my personal account I only follow three types of accounts and for a few reasons.Â First I follow personal friends, next I follow friends within my sphere of interests (company culture, marketing, tribal leadership, publishing/writing, and non-profits). Last, I follow news sources and brands I like.Â With that number growing I have found that I need to divide them into digestible lists (these lists are still being built). I am very social and find it hard not to try to read through all the followers I have. They all have some value or I would not be following them. That number has become unmanageable though. Rather than unfollowing anyone I have divided them into lists.Â In a previous post I talked about one list that I follow and why, the authors-engaged-online list.
What I have noticed, now that I am using my lists to read tweets, is that I am once again finding the conversations to engage.Â As I reengage, Twitter again becomes the valuable tool that I have always loved it for; a place to find and share discoveries.
To create your own list, I have found it useful to find out first what your focus is, and two (maybe more important) what others look to you for or what questions are they asking you to answer.Â If you are adding any type of value, this won’t be hard.
Also, check out some of your friend’s lists.Â You may find ones to adopt as your own.
Deepen your existing connections. …. Value trumps volume. Connections trump community.
We lose conversation if we are not engaging in the community we have already built.
How are you finding ways to reengage in the ever increasing noisy spaces that sites like twitter, are becoming?