The 440 people and organizations I am following on Twitter today is progressively growing. Check my Twitter profile tomorrow and the number will likely be increased. My tweeting is changing.
With more people and their updates appearing in my news feed, I tend to click the “reply” button more frequently and press the “retweet” button more often to share noteworthy thoughts and links with my online community.
But I wasn’t as active in recent months as I am today. Look back over the past six months and you will observe some weeks when I hardly tweeted at all while other weeks are evident with contrasting hills and valleys.
Begin in May 2011 and work your way to the present. Observe the changes in my tweeting…
Looking back over recent weeks, the number of followed accounts was closer to 50. That is because I was specific in following only those users who were communications consultants to the public and nonprofit sectors. Observing my own frequency in writing tweets and reading others’ tweets, I recognized I kept seeing the same names over and over. It got boring. I sought diversity. I also missed following some people I used to follow.
Today, there is a reason why I click the “follow” button. At any hour of any day, I view a reverse chronological stream of people’s updates showing me what they are saying and feeling at any moment in time.
I don’t read everything.
Hours or days may go by without my looking at Twitter. But when I do, I skim what people are writing and I choose to reply, retweet, or ignore. Sometimes I turn an inspiring tweet into a fuller blog post.
My tweeting continues to adapt and evolve.
But that’s me. Are you changing?