If your anything like me than you have asked yourself this question far too many times. There are times I put a lot of work into Twitter, but barely received anything in return. When you look around the web there are tons of people that give Twitter two thumbs up. I give it credit for being addictively fun and interesting, but how much is it really helping your business grow? I’m all for using anything that helps my business grow, but lately I’ve really been focusing on limiting my usage. If something isn’t converting for you then you need to recognize. You’re only wasting time if you keep beating yourself in the head over something that’s not producing. For some people Twitter may be wonderful, but for others like me it might be wasting your time. Here are some ways to recognize if Twitter isn’t all it’s pumped up to?
Are You Repeatedly Ignored?
Tweet after tweet you seem to get no responses. You know that you’re tweeting out your best stuff, but no one ever seems to take interest. Yes, I’m talking about you. Sorry to be blunt, but don’t act like you have no idea what I’m talking about. The feeling of being ignored isn’t a good one. It should make you think twice about spending your time on Twitter. Sadly, most users continue to tweet away to no avail. Tweet after tweet, minute after minute you’re wasting time. Everything you try seems to only prove no one listens to you. It’s hard to fight being ignored on Twitter, because either people are too stuck on themselves or they hate. Know when you aren’t using your time valuably, and find ways you can make better use of it.
You Have More Friends Than Followers
In a way it makes you seem less important than someone vice versa. Most of the time you aren’t that important if having more friends than followers is the case. People tend to follow people or businesses of high value. If you can provide value of any form in life you will be followed. Don’t get me wrong, because looks are not always everything. Ever heard of the saying, “don’t judge a book by the cover”? They are the special people who provide tons of value, but don’t get followed much. You may be one of those people. Look around a little and people will direct you to follow in order to be followed. There is a famous hash tag by the name of, “teamfollowback”. Basically, you follow members within the hash tag to get a follow back. In the end all you’re really doing is clogging up your Twitter stream.
Low To No Conversation Rate
We all know the feeling when there’s no one to talk to online. These people are supposed to be your friends and followers, but no one’s talking. It makes you feel unknown and useless. Call me crazy, but it’s very possible to feel lonely on Twitter! Day after day, you find yourself looking around for people to convers among. It’s wasting your time, because you’re continuously left with the same results. Conversation doesn’t come overnight, because you have to build trust with your followers. When people trust you they will be more incline to act if acted upon.
Ways To Build Trust
• Tweet Out Value • Be respectful • Be yourself • Interact • Retweet • Don’t over tweet • Give yourself time
Find Yourself Repeatedly Wasting Time
If you’re a regular user, then you know how easy it is to get distracted. You see someone you think you recognize, or might even see one of your favorite celebs. There have been many times I get completely distracted from my main goal. I know you know where I’m coming from, but you have to catch yourself. Time fly’s by, so you must always be aware. If you’re not aware that 20 minutes will quickly turn into an hour. To get where you aim to be in life you will most certainly need all the time you can get on your hands. Twitter can be such a distraction that it stops you from doing what’s important, so you can get money. Take a second and think about how much time you waste. It’s probably a bit more than you thought. Do what you need to do. Move quickly. Get on, and get off.
Make the best of your time. You Check Your Status Every 10 Minutes
These social networks are built to keep you on them. The urge to update your following can be mighty high sometimes. More times than none you find yourself back on Twitter when you set out to do something else. It’s funny how a social network can make you have a one track mind.
That will be the very problem you have online. No, no, no you shouldn’t check your status every 10 minutes. It will become habit and you will only waste more valuable time. Put a limit on how many times you check your status if necessary. Do whatever it takes to keep yourself from updating your status every minute. Delete your whole account if it’s that bad. There is a point where too much of anything even water is bad.
Spend a little time surfing the web and you’re bound to see something about Twitter, or end up re-directed. There is no way I’m saying Twitter isn’t worth a million dollars to some people and businesses. What I’m saying is that it might not be so beneficial to your business just yet. Your focus could be laser pointed in another direction that produces better results. As every day goes by work on teaching yourself how to overcome the urge to waste time on Twitter. Instead of checking it 100 times in a day, try minimizing that down to 10. Anything is better than nothing if you’re taking those steps. Constant progression will equal the ability to maximize your time. These are various struggles many including myself face when social networking. The good thing is you can put more time into other things that count. For instance, more time to work on producing better content!
Do you believe Twitter is all that it’s pumped up to be? Is Twitter wasting a lot of your time? If you enjoy what you read be sure to hit the retweet button at the top and share with your followers! It would be much appreciated!