This post is for an adoring fan of mine who likes to comment on my political posts and call them all “propaganda” since we all know that if you don’t agree with something you can call it “propaganda” and that means it is automatically not true and all hearsay and that whatever you say in response is definitely fact and NOT “propaganda”… Right… Whatever… Oh well…
He also doesn’t like posts about food or microbreweries… or technology I assume… Oh, and if I try to connect with my friends and family in Minnesota it is “crap” So, lets try sports. I went to a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game on May 5, 2012. I had never been to one so I thought “why not?” since I like MiLB baseball.
It was pretty fun. The T-Rats won and I had the opportunity to dig in a sandbox to try and win a vacation.
Congress passed Obamacare, pres signed it, SCOTUS upheld it, Obama campaigned on it 2nd time & was reelected.
How was the will of the people ignored?
Twitter users often make the decision of whether or not to follow someone in seconds, meaning that you have very little time to impress.
It’s a good idea to take a look at how most people will see your Twitter profile. If someone finds you in his or her Home stream, or clicks on a “Who to follow” suggestion, the Profile Summary pop-up below shows what your potential audience sees of your Twitter presence.
While some people may click “Go to full profile” to find out more before making a decision to follow or not, it’s safe to assume that most will make up their minds from your Profile Summary screen.
This means that you need to make the most of the screen real estate available to you, maximize the potential of your images, make sure your bio reads well and ensure that your tweets are attractive to potential followers.
Here are 10 important things you need to change in order to gain more Twitter followers.
1. You’re a ‘social media guru.’
The only people who call themselves “social media gurus” almost certainly aren’t, so don’t use this awful expression. The same goes for “maven,” “expert” or “ninja.”
You may work in the social media realm, but it’s such a fascinating and ever-changing communications landscape that there is always more to learn.
This came up time and time again in our research as a phrase that puts people off, so find a more creative way to describe yourself and you’ll find more followers.
2. You look like an egg.
The egg look really isn’t in vogue. You only have a few chances to engage people visually on Twitter, so don’t waste them.
Users are seriously dissuaded to follow an account if they can’t “see” the personality behind it. Don’t leave your avatar as the default egg, an image of a celebrity or someone who isn’t you, or anything too risqué. We’d also advise steering clear of GIFs as profile images, which don’t always display correctly across platforms.
The best Twitter avatar is a genuine pic of you and, considering how small the image is often displayed, preferably a head and shoulders shot. Remember: You can get more creative with your Twitter header photo and background.
3. You’re on #TeamFollowBack.
Begging people to follow you in your bio, and promising that you always follow back, is not an attractive premise.
Twitter isn’t about following blindly without good reason — it’s about curating your own stream of content that’s interesting and ultimately tailored to you. It’s perfectly acceptable not to follow people that choose to follow you.
If you’re making promises to follow everyone for the sole reason that they chose to follow you, you’re diluting your Twitter stream with content that may not be of interest, and ultimately cheapening the value of your own attention span.
4. Your following ratio is disproportionate.
A lopsided ratio of users you follow to users who follow you is often a red flag that an account is spam.
It’s understandable — and expected — that you’ll follow more accounts than are following you, but a large disparity in these numbers makes your profile look suspicious.
Try to gather some followers before you go crazy with the “Follow” button, or people won’t want to join your strangely small list of followers.
5. You wrote your bio in third person.
There is dubious advice out there that writing a bio in the third person, as if it’s been written by someone else, will make it sound more professional and objective.
This is bad advice. A third person bio makes you look pompous. It’s obvious you haven’t asked anyone else to write it — who would you ask, your mom? “Bob is very good at social media and always sets the table for dinner.”
Even if you’re using it for professional reasons, Twitter is a personal, social platform and your bio should reflect that. A simple, modest bio — or even a lighthearted, funny version — will attract more followers than a grandiose one.
6. You tweet too much.
Twitter went live mid-2006. If you joined the microblogging site at launch and tweeted three times a day every day since then, you would have penned around 8,000 tweets.
This helps put the number of tweets shown on your account in perspective. If you have tweeted over that 8,000 benchmark, then you’re obviously an above-average tweeter. If you’ve tweeted significantly over that number, it may give people pause when considering whether to follow you.
7. You humblebrag.
In addition to your bio basics and account stats, most people will read your last two tweets when they are checking out your Twitter profile.
One of the things that came up in our research was hatred of the “humblebrag,” and self-aggrandizement in general.
If one of your two most recent tweets contains even a hint of a humblebrag, that potential follower is going to think twice. If you retweet an entire compliment or flattering @ mention, that’s even worse.
8. Robots craft your tweets.
Do you schedule tweets? Or are you signed up to services that auto tweet on your behalf? If your recent tweets look like they were automatically generated, people aren’t going to follow you.
What people want on Twitter is to hear your genuine voice, in real time. They don’t want lofty quotes that you’ve scheduled to go live at strategic periods, stats from your latest workout or what your “top stories” are via a third-party curation service.
Twitter is about engagement, not just broadcasting meaningless words. If you don’t reply to other Twitter users, or otherwise react to tweets and trending topics you see in your stream, you’re doing it wrong.
9. You’re selling something.
If you work in a sales or marketing role, then by all means mention it in your bio. Do not, however, turn your bio into a sales pitch.
It’s bad enough if you use your bio to push a product or service, but if your recent tweets show that you’re all about the hard sell, too, no one is going to be interested in your profile.
Put simply, if you’re using Twitter to sell something in a crude manner, people will not follow you. We all see enough unwelcome advertising on a daily basis without it invading our Twitter streams.
10. You send DM spam.
Finally, if someone has made the decision to follow you, and you automatically DM them a self-promotional or sales message, chances are you can kiss that new follower goodbye.
Direct messages that thank the person for following and urge them to check out a link, such as a page on Facebook or a blog for “more amazing content,” are crass and impersonal.
Don’t be tempted by this ultra-lazy form of marketing, or you’ll deservedly lose followers as soon as you manage to gain them.
However you slice it, the last time this nation voted, more people voted for the party of Obamacare. Yet because the GOPers control a little more than one half of one body of Congress (or, put it this way, a bit more than one-half of one-third of the legislative-executive branches of the government), their extremists believe they are entitled to take hostages to eviscerate a law that was previously passed by Congress, signed by the president, and okayed by a conservative-led Supreme Court.
1: You’re irate over the president taking so many vacation days on the taxpayer’s dime (92 thus far), but at the same point in Bush’s presidency, the 43rd president had spent 367 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and his parent’s compound at Kennebunkport, Maine, according to a count by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller.
2: You’re happy with your 40 hour work week, paid vacations and company-provided healthcare, but you’re strongly anti-union, because those commies haven’t done anything for you lately.
3: You strongly support the First Amendment and its guarantee of religious freedom to all, unless the religion is something other than Christianity.
4: You believe Ronald Reagan was a devout Christian, even though he hated going to church, but any president who spends twenty years going to the same Trinity United Church in Chicago must be a Muslim.
5: You believe when a Republican governor creates a healthcare package with an individual mandate for everyone in his state, that’s a good idea. But when a Democratic president does it, suddenly it’s unconstitutional.
6: You’re so enthused about demonstrating your Second Amendment rights, you can think of no finer place to brandish your pistol in public than at a presidential rally.
7: You believe Bill Clinton was responsible for Osama bin Laden’s escape ten years ago, but thankfully George W. Bush caught up with him and killed him in Pakistan.
8: You believe in putting American jobs first, except when president Obama rescued 1.5 million GM and Chrysler autoworkers, because that was socialism.
9: It angers you that you can’t communicate with the Mexican busboy at your local Olive Garden, but when you took a vacation to San Francisco’s Chinatown, you thought it’s quaint that so many Chinese-Americans are holding fast to their traditional language. Because that’s America!
10: You deny that the lunatic who tried to murder Gaby Giffords was a conservative, even though he targeted a Jewish, pro-choice, pro gay rights, Democratic Congresswoman.
11: You thought it was perfectly normal that every president in history had an untethered right to raise the debt ceiling when warranted, but when Obama asked the GOP held congress to do it, you thought it only natural that it be tied to cutting Social Security and Medicare.
12: When the new 112th Congress was sworn in, you swooned as they promised to focus on “Jobs, jobs, jobs.” But when they pivoted, and went after NPR, Planned Parenthood and gay rights, you cheered.
13: You accuse president Obama of raising your taxes to the highest point ever, even though they’re lower today than at any time since 1950.
14: You believe the wealthiest Americans are “job creators,” and they are — but it doesn’t bother you that all the workers in those positions are in India, China and Malaysia, and they’re doing the jobs that our fathers once did.
15: You believe gays are anti-American, because their lifestyle is a threat to the children… unless they’re married to Tea Party-backed members of Congress from Minnesota.
16: You strongly defend individual freedom, but that freedom doesn’t include a woman’s right to decide her own healthcare needs.
17: You believe corporations are people too, and are deserving of the same rights as the rest of us. Just not the same obligations to pay personal income tax free of corporate loopholes, or penalties for massive criminal behavior and tax evasion. In these matters, corporations are deserving of special rights.
18: And since corporations are now people too, you must believe in their right to a driver’s license, the right to marry, to adopt children, etc. These rights shall not be denied to Exxon, Halliburton and BP (but still immune from the right of the People to try, convict and sentence to death any corporation that conspires to commit a felony… because at that point, they’re suddenly not people again.)
19: You still believe Climate Change is a myth, and the recent record highs, lows, floods and droughts around the world coinciding with climate scientist’s predictions are all an amazing coincidence. Oh, and Al Gore is FAT!
20: You believe when George W. Bush took the national debt from $5 trillion to $11 trillion, it was necessary for him to do so to keep America safe. But when Barack Obama added to it by trying to rescue the country from a second Great Depression, he was deliberately trying to destroy America!
21: You believe America is a God fearing country, and that the Almighty protects those who believe just as you do. But it’s never crossed your mind that the majority of tornadoes, hurricanes and floods all occur in the Bible Belt.
22: You believe that no matter who’s in the White House, the office, if not the man himself is deserving of your respect. The only exceptions to this rule, are if his middle name sounds Muslim, and if he’s not at least as white as that black guy who works down in the mailroom at the office.