I have no idea. In fact, despite being in the blue bird’s nest for almost 21 months, with over 1900 tweets to my name, I know very little about the workings of this vast social network…and still can’t define it in 140 characters or less.
Anyways, starting at 7:00 Friday morning, I began to “put the soc in soc-med” by sending personalized messages to the 77 people I have chosen to follow. Although extremely curious as to how many would respond (the over-under was 28), I was reaching out with no real expectations.
My first response came at 10:03 from a very prompt @mrbigwood, who got back to me in 3 minutes…which was fast, but not as fast as @fringegirl (2 min).
By 3:40pm, eight hours into the process, I had reached out to half my list and only heard back from eight. But, the day was still young…after all, not everyone has a job which allows them to live on Twitter. Sure enough, the floodgates opened after 4pm with 18 responses over the next six hours…including @pyledriver1969 who actually responded almost an hour before I asked him a question. I signed off at 10:00pm…and then waited.
Five stragglers would arrive to the party in the subsequent 12 hours and I officially closed the doors at 8:56pm on Saturday, after @dldiener popped in (31 hours after her invite, but welcomed nonetheless)…only to reopen them briefly at 7:30pm Sunday for @rowdykittens. If two days isn’t being fashionably late, I don’t know what is.
So…I tweeted 77 people and received 31 responses.
That’s a 40% response rate - 55% if you disregard the 21 (4 celebrities, 7 “brands”, 10 non-regular tweeters) who I shouldn’t expect to hear from anyways. Although, getting a “Hey” from @redhourben or the lovely @alyssa_milano certainly would’ve kept me from crying myself to sleep.
Am I angry with the 45% who didn’t respond? Nope. Oh, a purge is necessary but it’s definitely not based on who did and who didn’t respond. This isn’t a bitter lashing out at the 30 regular-tweeting, non-celebrity, real people who won’t talk to me, because that would be petty…in a High School Cheerleader kinda way. You see, there are many legitimate reasons why these individuals didn’t acknowledge my outstretched hand:
1. My message got lost in their busy news feed.
2. They’re extremely busy.
3. They can’t read.
Believe me, I don’t take any of this personally. If I did…I couldn’t expect my off-line friends to constantly forgive me for taking three weeks to respond to their emails…or return their call.
However, this experiment did raise two questions…that I do take seriously.
“Who should I follow?”…and more importantly, “Why should someone follow me?”
I’ll tell you my thoughts…tomorrow.
P.S. @dandelionfleur has now responded…a mere 71 hrs after initial contact was made.
**READ what happened next HERE
Have a good one,
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