Twitter is an odd bird

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Twitter is an odd bird. Is there “Twitter etiquette” when it comes to contributing to conversations?  Do you have to be “followed” by someone in the conversation to be included? I would imagine that simply following one or more of the people involved won’t get you through? Not talking about celebrities, but people who are discussing something for which you have knowledge of? Some of them might consider themselves celebrities in the field of horticulture, but not on par with celebrities outside the trades with ten of thousands of followers.

I enjoy some of what is going on there, but find myself wondering when it’s appropriate to weigh in? Having tried a few days ago, only to be left with absolute silence, is the cause for my asking. It’s a bit odd, but then Twitter is an odd bird.

People seem to either love Twitter, or hate it. Little middle ground. Is it great for starting conversations, but terrible for following up? When I post on Twitter the post automatically appears up on my Facebook profile, where it seems more interaction takes place? Is the very nature of the two platforms, one with “friends” (Facebook) the other with “followers” (Twitter) that makes the difference?

Just curious as to what your take on it has been. I also keep hearing about how Google+ is going to be the next “Place to be”, but haven’t seen that happen. Is that just wishful thinking among’st the Google faithful?

About Trey Pitsenberger

Trey is a nurseryman, author, and speaker.

03. December 2013 by Trey Pitsenberger
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Comments (4)

  1. I am not really qualified to comment as I am a retired gardener and now garden only in my own garden and care for my home and family.
    I am 78 and have signed up to take the Master Gardener Training Program. Gardening is what I do and who I am. I belong to a garden club, arrangers guild and Judges Council. I am an acrediated flower show judge through National Garden Clubs, Inc. , so my opinion probably doesn’t count but it is my feeling is it is ok for those who want to spend their time there but as for me I would rather be living my life in my garden, with my family and with others who are interested in the same things I am.
    I do check facebook almost every morning when I am up early to do my email (want to be through by the time it is light enough and warm enough to be in the garden) Mostly I use facebook to keep up with my grandchildren, some gardening friends and a few gardening newsletters that I enjoy including yours. I do like to know what goes on with people in the nursery trade, I had always wanted be a part of that. It just never happened for me. My clebreties are well known Nurserymen, garden writers, garden designers , I don’t really care if they are well known. I just want to hear what they have to say. I just like to know what others with my same interests are saying and what they are growing. After all isn’t gardening the “oldest profession” I’ve heard it is prostitution, but I believe it is gardening. Didn’t it start with Adam and Eve?

    • Thanks for your reply Mary. I likely fell into the rabbit hole years ago with these social media platforms. Love them on day, wonder the next. It does give a nurseryman something to do in the winter months however. I have also met so many different people in the gardening trades from all over the world. I find it fun and interesting to learn how others are dealing with the same sort of concerns and dreams we have here. The garden trades around the world are more alike than different. Sharing ideas is always a positive.

  2. I read this post of yours and saw some of your tweets, and I have to comment to mention that I find conversations on Twitter to be inclusive and open to anyone in a way that they aren’t on FB.

    This is something I sometimes worry about with regards to my own Tweets. I don’t know for sure why you were met with silence, but there are a bunch of reasons that could be very innocuous.

    Sometimes a tweet or two by one person in a popular stream go unnoticed. I’ve also noticed that sometimes you don’t see all of your @ replies depending on what device you are checking mentions from.

    Then there’s what I’ve refer to as “Twitter blindness” and many don’t even know they could be suffering from it. Like all mediums (blogging, Twitter, FB, G+) there are as select number of people you can generally count on to be engaged with what you are saying. And when you are checking your @ replies you tend to be blind to avis that you don’t immediately recognize, and you may not see that reply until days later.

    In other words, if people are on Twitter having a conversation it is always appropriate to weigh in on it. It’s a public square, and if the conversation were private they shouldn’t be having it out in public.

    • Mr Brown Thumb,
      that’s why I weighed into that particular conversation. It was a group of gardeners in Britain and I wasn’t sure if they followed a different protocol, since it happened once before, but not with them. Your right in that they might have just missed it. Since then I have heard from some Brits, who basically say what you say. It’s an open forum.

      So I am glad to hear from you also that it’s appropriate to speak up in conversations, as I have always done on other social media platforms. Now I am trying to figure out Google +.