On twitter and tweeting
I have tweeted over 56,000 times. I follow over 2600 people. I’ve spent countless hours since roughly June 2007 reading other people’s tweets. I do, in fact, know something about using the service to connect with people.
I’d say, looking back (and inward), that I’ve learned most through mistakes. Relationships that I thought stronger than they were couldn’t stand up to what I thought was harmless jest or constructive (if brief and direct) criticism. I’ve recently rediscovered that a connection forged solely over Twitter isn’t always strong enough to stand on its own.
A few other lessons:
Make sure less than 20% of your tweets are sent by a linked service (Foursquare, music sharing, GetGlue [just don’t], Untappd, etc), and make sure that even those contain some added value that makes them unique to you.
Stay positive on Twitter. Limit personal criticism or complaining.
Don’t be afraid to get personal and authentic, but remember that caring about other people is what’s going make other people care about you. Just being yourself on the site won’t be enough to get other people to connect.