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As much as I love to build followers and tweet, I am just not seeing the numbers that I get from facebook and linkedin.  Although it may be great for celebrities, Dell, and Bill Gates, I am starting to believe that it is a waste of energy for the average professional.  I would like to hear what everyone else thinks...

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Like so many tools and resources Twitter is a valuable one if you know how to use it. Most people I know are using it to broadcast their products and services which is counterproductive in a lot of ways. But, those I see using it to monitor what people are talking about and joining in on the discussion when appropriate, are making solid connections that are productive.

Here's an example of what Twitter has done for me in the past 6 months:

-- Picked up 10 new clients who followed my motivational quotes, checked out my website and either joined my organization, paid me to coach them, or hired me for a speaking engagement;

-- Allowed me to help 6 friends fill open employment positions, or find them consultants who immediately helped them.

-- Found 4 solid collaboration partners including another marketing consultant who had me stand in for her at a social media marketing workshop I taught and earned $3,600 that day;

-- Learned a lot about what people wanted to know about social media in order to refine my workshops to be responsive to what people wanted to know.

This is just a small sampling of what I have accomplished just with Twitter in the past 6 months.
I still need to be convinced.
I joined this network to try and understand what a number of my associates say I am missing.
Unfortunately Twitter appears to me to be very superficial and even inane.
Try as I might, after a few minutes of being on the site I lose the will to live!
Hello Humphrey,

I just had to let you know that after reading your response I had to bust out laughing! lol Have a great day! ~~Karen
I think it depends on what you're using it for. I've been on Twitter for almost two years and I have gone though different stages of it. Its great for business because its a easy way for me to promote, a great place for me to ask and respond to questions and so on. I dont spend a huge amount of time on it though. I like Facebook, but so far, my reach has been limited. Most of my business page followers are my FB friends. LinkedIn is great, but only in terms of my industry as a whole - not as a place to find potential store customers. I guess it depends on your industry.
It depends on how you've decked out your Google profile - just how well you have optimised it.
Do you know why?
Hello Helen,

How long have you been on Twitter, my orgainzation has been on there for roughly 4 months. We have a little over 300+ followers but unfortunately only two of the followers have joined our network, the others shown little interest.

Now I must be honest I don't tweet much maybe two times a week and I don't spend a large amount of time trying to follow others on their tweets. When I look at the amount of time I would have to spend on the site to make it function for me in the short term I don't belief the cost-benefit relationship works in my favor.

I have reviewed several types of strategies to obtain multiple followers which did work when utilized. But obtaining followers for me is a means to an end, not the end itself; and unfortunately the end result has not been what was desired.

I have read Mr. Garnes' comments and it appears that he is doing well, I would be interested in having him share his strategy and how much time it takes to implement.

Thanks for the question, I think you definately not alone.

Cheers,
Allen
I am still trying to wrap my head around twitter, I am following 400, but only 150 have reciprocated. So I am kind of on the fence about it. The way I see it, its 140 people that I would normally be in contact with. With my site deeply embedded in Myspace and Facebook, between the two I have over 3000 contacts. I believe Twitter has an impact, although it is minimal. I tweet two to three times a day.
Hi Kurt,

Don't forget that it is a "numbers" game. If I had followed 400 and only 150 reciprocated, I would go back after a certain point (1 to 2 days) and unfollow those who were not following me back. That's part of the process ... unfortunately. ~~Karen
Karen,

Its really NOT a "numbers" game. In order to get more followers, you have to make sure you create valuable (not spammy) content. Just don't promote yourself either. Its a social networking tool and people forget the word "social" in that.

I have many people in my account that are not following me back and that's OK (and vice versa). I follow them because I think they offer content I can use, not because I think they will "befriend" me in return. Its not Facebook or MySpace.
Hello Carla,

I understand what you are saying, however, my point to Kurt was merely the fact that he mentioned that he had followed a specific number of people of which only a portion returned the follow. Many people use Twitter and have the need to grow their following. What he was doing is a method of that.

And, with that said, there are some people that I follow who don't follow me back, and vice versa ... and then there are some that if they don't follow me back, I unfollow them.

It all depends on the "why" for each person using the tool.

Hope this helps clarify my comment.

Expect a great day! ~~Karen
Thanks Karen,

I think because my account is so "old" the numbers don't matter to me anymore. You're right, it does depend on why you use it. I use it for my business - both B2B and B2C, and I also use it to find deals for shopping, follow some of my fellow bloggers and web store owners, keep up with the MS community and so on.

It took me a while to get the "hang" of it, but it is paying off.

Best,
Carla
Makes sense and also answers the questions that I sent you privately ... which was "what do you use Twitter for?" Thanks!

For me, I do a series of online tv shows (www.NewRoadsVideo.com), and I teach businesses how they can use professional Internet marketing tools (www.AttainResponse.com/kphanson)that my company has available (each one of the tools is laced with video) to grow their business. I use some of those tools to do the shows and advertise them. So, high numbers helps me to "get the word out". So, in my case, the more people I can connect with, the better.

I am a creative person and enjoy working with others who may want to use these tools to do the same or whatever their need may be in their business.

Hope that makes sense! Hard to say in typed form. :-) ~~Karen

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