To Twitter or Not to Twitter…That’s the Question

Recently, I read a Twitter post from someone whom I have grown to respect and I was somewhat perplexed by her Tweet.  She said, “is Twitter for me or is Twitter for someone else?”  Then in another post she said, “should Twitter be me focused or others focused?” These posts got me thinking.  In the world of Social Networks, the ultimate goal is to…well, “socialize”…build relationships of sorts…create friendships with folks that you would probably never meet face-to-face. While building these relationships you learn who you can trust and who you think are a scam.  Believe me, the true colors usually come out in various ways.

For example, just the other day I read a post about a teleseminar that sounded interesting to me.  The gal who was being interviewed is someone that I have recently started to follow and am interested in what she has to say.  She is considered to be an expert in an area that I am fascinated with, so I elected to sign up for the teleseminar.  Well, to my surprise and extreme disappointment, the autoresponder that I received back did not have the link to listen to the teleseminar but a link to purchase the series for $77.00.  This really annoyed me.  I knew that this gal had no control over this but felt that she should be made aware of it since she was promoting the teleseminar.

This self-proclaimed “I went from flat broke, down & out to super successful, inspired, internationally recognized author and speaker” found a way to make an extra buck or two by not providing a link to the teleseminar but a link to his sales page about the series.  This is slimy and makes me question his guys integrity.  Because of this, I choose not to follow this guy.  I’m sure he could care less whether or not I follow him, but if more people would stand up and make him accountable for what he does, then perhaps he will pay attention and change his ways.

After contacting the gal who was being interviewed, I did receive a replay of the interview.  She said that she would talk to the interviewer about this “glitch” and get back with me.  So, we’ll see what happens and I certainly will keep you informed as to the outcome.  My sincere hope is that this was a true glitch in the system and not typical in the way this guy runs his business.

So, back to my first story about whether or not Twitter should be “me focused or others focused”.  If it is truly a relationship building tool, why can’t it be both?  When you gain someone’s trust, they are interested in what you have to say.  There needs to be balance in your Tweets. If you are always trying to sell something, you will more than likely lose followers. Personally, I don’t give those the time of day if they are always cramming a product down my throat. However, once you gain my trust then by all means tell me what you have to offer and more than likely I’ll buy from you.  Why? Because you’ve taken the time to build a relationship with me.  Plain and simple.

Twitter can be an excellent tool for both business and personal reasons.  But there needs to be balance, sincerity, integrity, and down-right honesty in your posts.  Being transparent will gain the respect of many and that’s a wonderful thing!

I would love to hear from you, so leave me a comment.  And follow me on Twitter, too!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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