Stop Talking So Much!


Social networking is like having a conversation; and the best tweeters and bloggers have found a happy medium between marketing themselves while engaging in dialogue with their audience. Here are some tips on how to achieve this balance…  

Listen more than you talk
No one wants to be part of a conversation where they don’t get to say anything. When your fans post status updates and tweets, occasionally respond.  When they post remarks to your updates, respond. And don’t keep posting one tweet after another after another.  Fans respect two-way communication and will lose interest in you, the more self-absorbed you appear.  And ask question. Show that you value others’ opinions by showing interest in what they have to say.  

Keep it Short and Sweet
Don’t you wish there were a 140 character limit for that one friend who takes ten minutes to tell a two-minute story. Yes! It’s the beauty of twitter, really. Find ways to be brief and shoot straight to the point. Narratives are great, and they have their place, but keep in mind that the average attention span of an adult is continually decreasing. Are you taking too long to say what you really mean?

Stop Repeating Yourself
Don’t re-tweet or repost the same information over and over. And if you are reposting, say it in a new way. It’s just like a commercial. You’ve likely seen tons of Coca Cola commercials during your lifetime, but if Coke were showing the same commercial that it aired back in ’95, it would likely lose popularity.

Be Sincere
Don’t be fake. No one likes flattery but people do like compliments.  Don’t embellish things to sound better than they are. 

Know When the Conversation is Over
Don’t unnecessarily draw things out. If hype around an event or subject matter is dying down naturally, don’t try to re-infuse life into something that’s run its course.

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2 Comments on “Stop Talking So Much!”

  1. Danami Says:

    Great advice.

  2. molly rae Says:

    I could not agree more with your response. It is difficult to not go off on our own tangents within our own mind and to actually take the time to stop and take a look at the world around us. It is my biggest fear, and actually this has already become a reality, that everything that is personal will eventually become completely impersonal in time because of social networking. Social networking can be a wonderful tool that could benefit all, if people would only use it correctly. Posting intelligent and insightful information like you have committed yourself to doing with grassrootsy is useful to those looking to seek out information and learn more about the world around them as well as share their own knowledge. If people can follow the following advice you listed, the social/technological world would be off to a much better start.

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