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Will the Real Twitter (Followers) Please Stand Up?

tweet_birdie_flying_between_phones_300_clr_9168I like Twitter.  I enjoy it because I am able to get my message out and I think I have for the most part,the right followers who appreciate my message.  I also like Twitter, because it makes me think how I (as one who speaks for a living and having the gift for gab) can put my message into 140 characters in a creative way.  Finally, as a user I like it, because I can search quickly for things I am looking for, as well as scan quickly for things I am interested in and overlook those things I am not.

Recently I have read a number of blog articles about how Twitter has exploded in terms of followers.  Honestly I am not so sure.  Yes, it is true that more teens are leaving Facebook for Twitter (see Pew Internet Study), but the more I have conversed with my colleagues I have come to learn that maybe Twitter is not nearly as big as we want to believe.  For example 4 of my social media colleagues recently had a conversation where we discovered we all had multiple accounts.  In one case one of my colleagues had 9 Twitter profiles.  We also learned that for most of us we only really use one account, and the others are pretty much inactive.  Another colleague told me that quite honestly he doesn’t use his Twitter profiles much at all anymore because he finds his experience on Google Plus (G+) to be much better than his experience on Twitter.  This experience led me to want to search to see if I could begin to figure out how many people really use Twitter.

I also read an article on a computer generated social media guru by the name of santiago-swallowSantiago Swallow.  He was a fake user, his creator paid for fake followers, and at one point he had well over 80,000 followers.  If it was possible to build a “fake” user and completely fool Twitter…how many fake accounts are there on Twitter?

There are so many companies and mobile apps that you can purchase at a very small price where you can literally “buy” followers.  However, the more I dug into “buying” followers, the more I came across the notion that many of these followers are in fact fake accounts that have been simply created to make people look like they have large numbers.  Some of them certainly are computer generated SPAM, but either way the accounts are fake.

This raised my curiosity about fake and inactive accounts and how many may be out there in reality.  

Men are From LinkedIn, Women are from Pinterest…Social Media Psychologically Speaking.

finding_your_way_compass_400_clr_5613When it comes to the different aspects of social media psychology for business it is always interesting to look at gender differences and social media use

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.  Thanks to InternetServiceProviders.org we have a nice infographic that gives us some insight into few ways Men and Women differ when it comes to where and how they use social media.

If you are a small business owner this is more important that you realize.  In many cases specific social media platforms are more dominated by one gender over another.    For instance, if you are selling a product or service where your main purchaser is women…you probably want to invest more time in Pinterest and Twitter.  However, if  your main audience is Men, you may want to look more
closely at LinkedIn or perhaps Google+.

Truth is, and not surprisingly, women use social media more than men…now that opens up some different questions all together, doesn’t it?  Maybe if you have a male dominated product…dare I say it….social media may not be the best use of your time, money or marketing.   Yes I said it…I know it sounds heretical, but facts are facts…if you were selling a luxury car. you wouldn’t focus your marketing efforts in rural USA….yes there are people there, some may be able to afford it, but it is not where you are going to sell the most luxury cars.  You may spend some time and money there, but you would focus the majority of your time and money in places where you will get the greatest return.

The more data we are able to retrieve like this…we will continue to find that the psychology of social media will greatly benefit your business and help businesses like yours identify better where your dollars are best spent…or not spent at all.

To Your Success!

Jay

Social Gender Infographic

Creating a Picture of Social Media Influence, Klout, and Kred #Infographic


Psychology is my passion. Not to far a way is statistics and measurement.    It is true that one can use a statistic to say what you want it to say, but if one is careful they can be very useful.

One of the difficulties we have in social media is measuring just about everything we do.  Seriously, how do we know that our efforts on the different social media platforms are actually making an impact?  I am not sure we will fully know the answer to that question, but there are some tools that can help you put at least a few pieces of the puzzle together that can give you a glimpse at your influence in the social media world.  The three most prominent tools are Klout, Kred, and PeerIndex.  Understand these are not perfect, but put them together and I think you will get a decent picture.

This graphic thanks to onlinedegrees.com gives a really nice overview of what Klout, Kred and PeerIndex is all about.

Scoring Klout
Courtesy of: Online Degrees

To your success and social media influence!

Jay Izso, Internet Doctor®

Personalities of Twitter

Some Twitter Personalities

Internet DoctorWhile I was working on my Twitter psychology article, a friend from Twitter, @spideas asked me a question about introverts on Twitter. I have had conversations with my introverted friends and looked at the deeper psychological implications of Twitter.  I realized that there are so many personalities on Twitter it might be fun to go through hundreds of the people I follow and follow me and categorize their tweets.   I put together a list of some of the personalities on Twitter and their tendencies based on my knowledge of psychology and personality.   This is not an exhaustive list. This is also not a complete description. There are exceptions to every category. Hold off on the hate mail.

The Introvert

Twitter appears to be a great place for introverts to communicate. It is a safe haven because they can write when they want and how they want. They can keep their relationships at a distance and they don’t have to divulge any personal information. They also are free to share information at pace that is comfortable for them. Of all the social places in the world Twitter is far more comfortable than the vulnerability of Facebook and more social than LinkedIn. Keep in mind that just because one is introverted, doesn’t mean they don’t have friends or want to communicate. They just want a safer place to do it.

The Extrovert

The extrovert is seen on Twitter regularly. Part of their personality is to be the “life of the party”. They usually are. They are involved, active, quick on their feet and engaging. However the extrovert can get frustrated with Twitter if they are not being responded to. They may not get the attention they hoped. Once the extrovert gains a solid following they love it. If it takes too long to gather that following they move on to other things. The problem with the extrovert is that they can’t stop talking. Because of their many “tweets” throughout the day many people believe they have no life outside of Twitter. They can be, at times, very overwhelming to the average Twitter user.

The Logician

thethinkerThe logic thinkers struggle with Twitter because there is so much emotional angst going on. Remember Twitter started as a tech forum. Many of the original Tweeps became frustrated and started their own groups. You will still find that many of these logic thinkers have a unique set of followers and do not respond to mundane talk. They like people like themselves. They like being involved with Twitter discussions that make sense and make a difference for their world. They have little time for everyday chatter. They are very good at weeding people out they do not want to talk to.

Twitter: Submitting Runny Tweets? You may have “Tweeterrhea”.

Are people unfollowing you on Twitter.  Have you ever felt like you are saying things that just are not solid.  Here is a simple solution, a gentle reminder, some coating relief for those moments when you just struggle to have something of substance to say.

Twitter, is part social, part business, part nonsense.  However, the interesting thing is you can choose which way you want to use it.  What’s great is that you can change the way you use it from day to day, hour to hour etc.   The first step is to use it.  The second step is not only to write something, it also means talking to other people about what they write.  If you think for a moment that you are the guru where everyone will just come to read your “tweets” you are sadly mistaken.  Unless you really are a guru, it is going to take effort on your part to read what others “tweet” and “tweet” back in the form  of a “reply”.  Yes sir, yes ma’am Twitter is a “two-way tweet”, if you cannot accept that, then the truth is you really do have “tweeterhhea”.

People Quit Twitter? Typical.

A couple of days ago the Nielson Wire reported that people were leaving Twitter at a rate of 60% per month.  Meaning that of all the people that join Twitter in the beginning of the month, only 40% will be around by the end of the month.  Pretty tough on business if you are only have a 40% retention rate…”and now for the rest of the story”.

No one should be alarmed by this news.  It actually appears to be quite typical when you compare the retention rates of other social networks when they started.  For instance, Facebook and MySpace experience similar problems in their beginnings as well.

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Twitter Facebook MySpace Retention Comparison Graph

Currently Facebook and MySpace have nearly a 70% retention rate.  Which is nearly double when they started.

Honestly, I like Twitter’s odds.  If you are a regular user you already know the benefits of using Twitter.  I know that many people leave Twitter because they just do not understand the benefit.  Some just don’t want to take the time to learn what Twitter is all about.   Most of the time the problem is people want some immediate return.  If they don’t get business immediately they dump the idea, count it as worthless,  and try to convince themselves and others, that we are morons for using it.     Not to worry, we so called Twitter Morons are happy to do business without you.   After a while it happens.  The “naysayers”  come back around and start using the very thing they called us morons for using.  They are late adapters, they try to catch up only to stay lagging behind, while the next piece of the internet/social media puzzle comes into place.  Their skepticism continues, and they stay behind, because of their unwillingness to be adventurous or embrace new  technology.

Ultimately it’s all good.  Twitter will be around for a long time.  It’s perfect for the high ADD world we live in and get the information we are looking for without having to read some long drawn out column or BLOG like this one.

Happy Tweeting!

To Your Business Success.

Ciao,

Dr. Jay Your Internet Doctor

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