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Old 08-30-2021, 01:49 PM
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I don't understand how Twitter works.

I have two accounts, one where I follow people in tech and only tweet about tech stuff (which I use rarely) and one where I follow journalists, academics, politicians, etc. and tweet most about politics, current events, etc. which I use daily.

I have about 600 followers on the first account, and 350 on the second. Yet the VAST majority of my followers on both accounts have never liked, retweeted, or commented on a single tweet I have made; 99% of the likes I get come from comments on other people's tweets, and even then I average about one like per tweet.

Before you say "maybe you just don't say anything interesting" believe me I have considered that! I have tried short tweets, long tweets, using lots of tags, no tags, serious tweets, funny tweets, grammatically perfect, sloppy and unpunctuated, etc. etc. and always exactly the same results. Yet someone else with just as many followers as me can tweet "i like bread" and get hundreds of likes, retweets, and comments.

I get that it's an absolutely terrible platform for serious engagement with others but somehow a lot of people seem to make it work.

I should add that I click 'like' on every tweet that is mildly amusing or interesting, retweet a fair amount of stuff, and make occasional comments on people's posts.
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Old 08-30-2021, 02:35 PM
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I don't understand how Twitter works.

I have two accounts, one where I follow people in tech and only tweet about tech stuff (which I use rarely) and one where I follow journalists, academics, politicians, etc. and tweet most about politics, current events, etc. which I use daily.

I have about 600 followers on the first account, and 350 on the second. Yet the VAST majority of my followers on both accounts have never liked, retweeted, or commented on a single tweet I have made; 99% of the likes I get come from comments on other people's tweets, and even then I average about one like per tweet.

Before you say "maybe you just don't say anything interesting" believe me I have considered that! I have tried short tweets, long tweets, using lots of tags, no tags, serious tweets, funny tweets, grammatically perfect, sloppy and unpunctuated, etc. etc. and always exactly the same results. Yet someone else with just as many followers as me can tweet "i like bread" and get hundreds of likes, retweets, and comments.

I get that it's an absolutely terrible platform for serious engagement with others but somehow a lot of people seem to make it work.

I should add that I click 'like' on every tweet that is mildly amusing or interesting, retweet a fair amount of stuff, and make occasional comments on people's posts.
As far as I can tell the trick is to get sucked into a bubble then play to the audience. But I've only started using recently so what do I know.

I've generally had the most likes (5-6) from short snarky quips on contentious threads. I think I've seen you manage to do that once or twice? :wink:
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I have never interacted with a tweet and only follow breaking news accounts and some thirst traps, but I think you have to react early to posts by verified accounts and hope you get retweeted/liked/replied by one or two of them. Otherwise it's just sad dorks tweeting past each other into the void.

Or post some thirst traps.
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Apparently, I joined in 2009 and have 44 followers. Most of my followers are friends in other venues (like here). I like a lot of tweets, and reply to a few, but I only average less than 60 tweets a year, so I wouldn't say I'm trying to cultivate a following.

I also created a "tech only" twitter account, and that has fewer followers, but I don't engage with anyone on that account and post even less often.

The most successful Twitter person I know personally is @middleageriot. He's been doing his brand of sarcastic comedy for decades, but within the last few years got a lot of likes and retweets from some more famous people.
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"web forums"? :shiftier:
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Nobody links to them.
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It sometimes feels like I'm still living through a "web forum".
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If you can call it living.
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So has anyone tried Mastodon?
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I mean, I've listened to one of their albums
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I've listened to probably all of their albums. Crack the Skye - title track:
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Wait.



I am on board for this.
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Elon Musk got $1 billion from Larry Ellison for his Twitter takeover - The Verge

Larry Ellison is on board, guys! All will be well! :rolleyes: Yay for libertarian billionaires!
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Oh noes, could there be trouble in Twitter land?
Surprise! Elon Musk Now Getting Wobbly On Buying Twitter, Claims Deal Is 'Temporarily On Hold’

SFistYes, Musk has already signed a contract which has a $1 billion breakup fee, and seems to have done little to no due diligence on this affair. As an apartheid-era South African emerald fortune inheritee man-child who has no experience with consequences, Musk might now be looking at a rude awakening of financial penalties, or being left holding the bag he does not want.


SFistis that Tesla’s stock price plunge — which coincides pretty precisely with his unexpected Twitter distraction — has made the world’s wealthiest man suddenly a whole lot less wealthy. (He may be taking a bath on cryptocurrency too). “Mr. Musk may be the wealthiest man in the world, but much of his wealth is tied up in Tesla — which he has heavily leveraged to help build the rest of his business empire,” the New York Times explains. “Tesla shares were at $1,145 the day he announced his initial stake in Twitter. They were at $728 yesterday.”
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lol experts. I'm sure Captain Apartheid has a nice poop emoji for them!
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But he doesn't have a amethyst poop emoji.

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We should sell it to him for a couple of billion dollars - spare change.
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[MintNFT=Poop #4657] http://www.freethought-forum.com/for...ethystpoop.gif [/Mint]
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