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So, several weeks ago, I wrote a post about Twitter and how to use it effectively…and all that. And one of the things I said was that I DM (direct message) every one that follows me (who isn’t SPAM or a right-wing, conservative that is going to stop following me 10 minutes ago anyway).

I still think it’s a brilliant plan. I mean, if you don’t take the opportunity to see who this person is that has just found you and joined your network, then how will you know who you’re talking to? How will you grow? How will you network, seize the next opportunity, make the opportunity of a lifetime? HOW???

But, there are some small flaws in my plan. Disclaimer: the point of this post is not to brag or boast in any way shape or form.

  1. For some reason, could be The LOVE ebook or Active Rain, since I wrote that post I’ve been receiving new followers at a very fast rate.
  2. I’m a freelancer which means that some days are really busy and other days are insanely busy.

If you put the two of these things together, you get me letting my email and Twitter ‘follow’ notifications back up…and then I’m really in a pickle.

I’ve actually tried to just let my DM manifesto go…but I can’t. It’s like an itch I have to scratch. I don’t want to miss the ultimate connection, I don’t want to be rude and I don’t want to discount anyone. Also, the connections are what I love about Twitter – they ARE Twitter. And, I do not want to go back on my word – eating crow isn’t one of my strong suits.

Oh, and I’m Jewish too…so I feel eternal guilt for not following up…’specially when I said I would.

So, I’ll keep on, keepin’ on – until I’m released. Somehow.


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  • I think you are just fine! You do what you can when you can and I think the quality folks on twitter will understand. I too try to DM the new followers that I follow and I do screen who I decide to follow. I am kind of strategic about it. I think it is the way to be smart and efficient at twittering. Anyhoo…I am glad you saw fit to follow me (wink) and I am really glad to be following you!

  • Julie Roads says:

    Thank you Christie!!!!

  • Keith Pape says:

    I’m completely with you on the DM each ‘valid’ follower on Twitter. I do the same myself, and as a fellow independent (though not a writer) – i also have those days where I long for a little twitter time, and there just isn’t any with all my client work that day. I’m determined no to let twitter be just another shallow networking event. I refuse to give in, and I’m glad you’re sticking with it as well (i do the same on LinkedIn – I don’t accept anyone that i haven’t had some type of menaingful conversation with, whom I think I can hep in some way down the road).

  • Julie Roads says:

    Keith – there is comfort in solidarity – thank you for your encouragement!

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