Twitter is like Calvinball

Ever notice how many people offer up their rendition of rules for Twitter?

  • Follow everyone back
  • Only follow selectively
  • Reply to everyone
  • Don’t self-promote
  • Tell us when you make a new blog post
  • Send a welcome messasge
  • Don’t send an automatic welcome message
  • Personally connect to each follower
  • Follow as many people as you can

The list can go on an on.  It reminds me of Calvin & Hobbes playing Calvinball.  To outsiders may not quickly comprehend this game, but once you play you’re hooked.

The rules of Calvinball are pretty simple. You can make them up as you go, and are not required to inform other players that they even exist. All areas can be in bounds, and any gear is acceptable to use.  The goal is entirely your choice, and scoring makes no sense that I can determine.

Two years ago when I started Twittering, there was no reply feature. Based upon our use, we created the reply.  Then we created hashtags to track events and groups. We started to share links, and use other software to read our Tweets – even on our phones. (Tweetdeck & Twittelator are my faves)  We’ve synced Twitter to Facebook and repeated what each other has said for all to see (RT).  We’ve changed the game as we go.

We can now follow public figures, companies, news agencies, friends, and even dogs.  You can search for your products or brands.  Each entity may have its own strategy for how to use Twitter.  Your approach is uniquely your own.  Are you joining the party to chat, promote, help others, network, or just lurk?  Do you want to post things automatically now or on a schedule?

Use Twitter how you want, and have fun changing how we use it.  What would you like to see Twitter do next?

Thanks to WaywardMedic for inspiring this post.


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Courtney Engle Robertson

From high school business education to the WordPress Training team, Courtney helps people of all skill levels get their message out. She lives in south-central Pennsylvania, loves coffee, plays the mandolin, and has a very large vegetable garden.

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