Check out this hilarious video about followers that split. Can you see that flight happen to your followers?
Twitter‘s a 2006 brainchild, launched to offer a free, social networking tool where people connect to others who interest, challenge or befriend them. Unlike email, communication is in real time. Unlike face to face conversations, people use mug shots, and connect globally, without traveling.
It’s far easier to create an account with Twitter, than it is to maintain followers. Why? The network is geared to stay connected to others, through an exchange of brief messages – 140 characters to be exact. Today’s Salt lake Tribune lays out Twitter bare bones that highlight how this new invention’s a great way to fast information, and favorite people in your field.
On Twitter you’ll find followers far faster with 10 tactics to engage more brainpowe r:
1. Ask 2-footed questions: I asked Sam Silverstein: What was the key nugget of your NSA talk, and why will audience be changed, inspired or challenged because they participated?
2. Re-tweet a message posted in Twitter. For instance Brad Shorr posted a message today to announce GL Hoffan‘s new book Dig Your Job and I re-tweeted that announcement so that it will post again to include all my own followers.
3. Offer cool tips in your field or expertise. A recent tip my my brain based field read: We each have hidden and unused intelligences – which rejuvenate to benefit ourselves and the world.
4. Challenge insights posted – and invite people to consider opposing views. I recently challenged Robert Scoble with the dynamic reality that – “Communications can also stir up free drugs of choice in the human brain.”
5. Congratulate fine efforts and talents – whenever people break through tough barriers. When Mike Hyatt finally got wife Gail‘s massive iTune library to copy to new hard drive, I posted: Bravo! Einstein said that he too stayed with problems longer than most:-) Happy listening!
7. Make metaphors dance – into meanings that relate to people’s lives from your expertise. I posted, Brains become hammers in those heads looking about for nails to pound.
8. Laugh at life - and poke fun at yourself or situations that are common to readers. When Chris Brogan posted that he was heading to lunch at Ikea, I shot back a tweet – Don’t forget to leave with the table that offers “affordable solutions for better living. ”
9. Play with ideas that arise - When Jason Falls posted that watching Oz made him want to inhale helium or airplane glue, I suggested in a post: Makes me curious about what cool heart’s desire OZ would unearth today in your back yard:-)
10. Thank followers with gusto: When Dr. Robyn McMaster told Dr. Kent Gustavson about MITA’s 5 Brain Based Steps to More Brainpower I posted back: Thanks Robyn, for the privilege of working together to rejuvenate learning and leading globally through these brain based approaches!
Not surprisingly, tweeters whose followers split, like those fleeing this humorous video, tend to limit their posts to what they personally live, learn, or laugh about.
What would you tweet today to gain a follower or two over to engage more of what interests, challenges and motivates you?