Initial Twitter Conclusions

Posted: September 19, 2010 in Twitter Assignment

I have found Twitter to be a realm of extremes.  Lumping users into distinct groups is nearly impossible because each user truly is unique.  However, for the sake of looking at the big picture, I am going to attempt to establish some form of hierarchy.

From my brief introduction to the social networking behemoth, I have found most active users fit into one of three categories:

1.  The stay-at-home mom: No, you do not have to be a mother to be placed in this category.  This group is for anyone who mainly Tweets about their day-to-day life.  Users of this caliber take a Facebook mentality and throw it straight into Twitter’s framework.  What a user had for breakfast or when they took the dog for a walk is really what makes the world go ’round.

2.  The business tycoon: Twitter users in this category Tweet from the other extreme.  Tycoons focus only on their business model, and their Tweets reflect this philosophy.  Rigid and barren, business tycoon pages focus on fast news, special offers, and member exclusive opportunities.

3.  The down-to-earth guy: This category fulfills a happy medium.  Users in this category combine their private and public lives, while remaining professional.  They still make their business information available, but do it more subtlety than a business tycoon.  Personal comments and input create a sense of friendship and accountability.

Obviously, not every user will fit into one of these categories.  These are simply some of the most common types of users I have encountered so far.

It is also important to note that not all users should be considered active.  I look at an active user as a person that posts often and consistently.  An inactive user may have little direction and probably does not view Twitter as a tool.

Almost anyone reading this can easily discern which category will lead to the most professional success.  The down-to-earth guys are the clear winners because they have established a means to get their information out while remaining personable.  This is the type of user that I will strive to become.

While it is easy to pick a winner from the aforementioned categories, it is much harder to actually achieve the status of down-to-earth guy.  One must create a balance of both aspects in order to be successful.

In the coming weeks, I hope to develop a better sense of how to create a balance.  Only time will tell if I decide to continue my Twitter endeavors past this course’s conclusion.  With the extra Web site hits being generated and a growing professional audience, however, all signs point toward “yes.”

If you would like to follow my Twitter account please click on this link and select “follow.”

http://twitter.com/MrWphoto

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