I have a lot of questions about the land of Twitterdom.
But first, what is it? According to Twitter, it's "An information network. Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations."
I've been on Twitter for about a year, but I'm still confused. I use it to tweet a bit about my book and other author's books. I retweet a lot. Sometimes I tweet a positive saying or recommend someone's blog post. But really, that's about it. I definitely don't bombard my followers with tweets to buy my book.
But I notice some people will say right up front that if you're not following to get to know them, that they will unfollow you. What's up with that? Can you know someone in short bursts of 140 characters or less?
And that brings me to another question: Is there a strategy for who to follow or not? I mean, do I follow someone because they have a lot of followers and their reach is further if they happen to retweet something of mine? Or do I not follow them because they have too many followers to pay any attention to anything I might put out there and their stuff just clogs my feed?
I also notice that some of my new followers might have 80,000 followers and only follow 10K? Do they follow and then unfollow for some reason?
I follow mostly authors, but also a few others like Maya Angelou and Tiny Buddha who always have something positive to say. Should I be following everyone I can in order to increase my following? Should I always return a follow?
Maybe I'm being naïve, but I really don't understand if I should have some kind a strategy...