I follow 27 people. A handful of celebrities, some baseball writers and then a few of y'all. I occasionally check out other Twitter fees, but generally I try to stay away from feeds that have too much content. 10-12 tweets an hour from one feed is too much for me. And some folks post even more often than that. I don't need to know everything a person is thinking at any given time.
Some bloggers also use Twitter to promote their blog. I guess that makes sense, but since I use a feed reader for the blogs I read, updates on new posts on Twitter seem a bit redundant. But I guess some people don't use feed readers, so there probably isn't anything to be done about that.
Weirdly enough, I wind up getting a lot of news from Twitter. Mostly baseball news during the season, but the odd bit of real world news. I read about the earthquake in Japan on Twitter first from a post by Pauley Perrette. I found that to be a bit odd.
Anyway, I've got a couple of questions on how to make my Twitter experience more enjoyable?
- What's the deal with lists? Why do you use them? Am I missing out on something here?
- I've seen that you can't send direct messages to someone who doesn't follow you, or at least I've gotten that message when I've tried. But sometimes they seem to go through? What's the story?
- What is the best way to contact someone through Twitter? As I mentioned above, I've tried direct messages. I've also tried replying to one of their tweets, but I'm not sure they see that. I think they do, but I can't be sure.
- Have you ever thought about protecting your tweets? I see that is an option, and I guess it's a way to make sure that only the people you want to read your tweets will be the ones reading it. I dunno, I guess it's for the same reason that some people make their blogs private. I don't think that's for me.
- What else? What else am I missing? I'm sure it's a lot.