Some of the comments for following or unfollowing seem more appropriate to social connections and friendships.
If we restirct our discussion to the professional use of twitter I think there is some business etiquette that needs to be developed. As I said in a prior post, it must be used judiciously. You need to be careful to not alienate those who are following you. You need to send tweets that are of interest. When you tweet you are trying to reach to someone and get their attention. Make your tweets worth reading.
On Facebook, you can simply eliminate them from the newsfeed without eliminating them from your list of Friends. I don't believe there is a parallel option on Twitter. So you may risk offending them if they really keep a watch on who is still following them. They would have to be on the lookout, though, because, as far as I know, Twitter does not send out notifications that someone has stopped following you, Also as Twitter is not set to be reciprocal the way Facebook is, they can continue to follow you unless you block them from doing so. I don't feel compelled to follow every single person who follows me on Twitter, so if they choose to follow me as a means to gain another follower, they may be disappointed.
'Unfollow' those who tweet a lot can become issue especially when they are friends or just 'i know them'. I have seen cases in my friend circle where people got offended when they got blocked on facebook or orkut! So i guess selective reading can be a way out.
Tweeting can be a great resource but how in the world do you spend only 5 minutes a day on Twitter and get great information? Yes, I understand it's about who you follow - but even those people sometimes have a tendency to add junk. It can be frustrating and time-consuming. I do use Twitter, just not as much as I probably should.
One needs to use Twitter judiciously especially for any professional communications. While I enjoy getting news about what is happening in our industry, I do not want to be flooded.
Several "tweets" over the course of a day are OK. But I have had as many as a dozen or more in the span of a few minutes from the same source. I am not exagerating. This happens several times and I will stop following this person.
"As 140 words is not enough to write stories so i guess the tweets should be concise!?"
I think of the reasons why Twitter is so beautiful is because of this limit in characters. It makes it a whole lot easier to follow on a number of ideas and information at one time. It also makes sure the Tweeter keeps the message concise and interesting.
In order to communicate effectively with your audience, the organization needs to make it's presence where the audience is. Social media is one avenue which has gathered millions of users under one umbrella. That's what makes Twitter and Facebook such effective tools of communication. I feel communication with the customers through social media will increase a whole lot in the upcoming years as more and more organizations develop their social presence and begin to realize it's benefits.
all these question just boils down to how we are going to utilize the website i definitely feel tweeting once a day, spending couple of minutes is a good exercise. for me i have definitely had loads of benefites especially in building contacts expandiny my network and finding loads of interesting people . it has definitely helped me in understanding lot of business and ideas. tweeting is GOOD always there will be pro s and cons it depends on how we optimize them.
Mostly I use Tweets to link to online articles -- my own and a few select others. Once in a while I will reply to someone's Tweet, but I don't really start conversations through it by Tweeting individuals or put out trivial queries like "What are you making for dinner?" Though I've seen a number of people claim that Twitter serves as a forum for people to publish their complaints about businesses, I've never used it in that way.
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