James Mayes

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Twitter snobs, you taught me something important

In Personal Development, Social Media, Twitter on November 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

I’ve been on Twitter a while now.  I started slowly (and as with a lot of people, didn’t quite “get it” at the first pass).  Over a few years, I’ve become completely enamoured with it and indeed my business is largely built on it.  One aspect particularly has become more evident to me over recent weeks – then I saw Andy Headworth’s post this morning and I wanted to distill my own thoughts.

When I really started getting to grips with Twitter, it became clear there were thought leaders to be found, educating and sharing their knowledge. I honed in on them as great people to follow, learning as I went and occasionally, commenting. I noticed two distinct types of behaviour in response – those who would check you out, maybe follow you back and almost certainly acknowledge you if you took the time to offer a relevant comment.  Then there were others, those who seemed to never respond and never follow back.

I looked at the Twitterstreams for this second group, to see whether it was something wrong with me or whether they simply didn’t engage with anyone.  For the most part, it appeared as though they’d respond or follow back if you had a decent following yourself – but not if you were new to the game.  I’ve tested this since by returning to the scene of the crime – refollowing / directing comments at some of those more aloof players.  I don’t believe the value of my commentary has changed much, but as I approach 1000 followers, I appear to be more credible – and certainly get more response.  Experiment done, I have no reason to pursue this group further.

I’d add that my followers are only from interaction – I don’t follow bundles of people hoping for reciprocation, or participate in chats simply to raise my visibility. Nigh on 1000 followers may appear low for someone who’s been here for a few years and works specifically in this space, but I’m all about the quality; I couldn’t care less about the number. I can’t talk to 20,000 followers, I can only broadcast. But maybe that’s a whole different post!

I’ve got no intention of outing anyone with this post – but I do want to use it to say a massive thank you to all those who did take the time in the early days to reply or follow back. Many of them have since become firm friends outside Twitter – but it was their openness in the first instance that made it possible.

As for the Twitter snobs?  I’ll leave them to their own devices – but with one request: if you ever see that behaviour from me, please call me out on it. If you take the time to comment, I’d like to think that provided your tweet isn’t completely inane, I’ll respond in kind. That’s why we’re here.

Is un-friending trending?

In Conference, Facebook, LinkedIn, Social Media, Twitter on November 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I learnt through Twitter this morning (as I often do!) that today is National Unfriending Day. It’s spun out of the Jimmy Kimmel show and does seem to have tapped into the zeitgeist.

At the #TruNORAS event recently, Katherine suggested her evaluation of Facebook invites prior to accepting was simply “Would I hug that person?”.  I’d been thinking on similar lines before the event and had already removed a bunch of people from my Facebook account.  Nothing against those people, I’d just started to feel uncomfortable sharing certain bits of news or photos on that site – and I wanted to recapture the feeling of freedom when I’d originally only had a small number of friends that I’d know for years. Also interesting to cast that mantra against the comments on another great blog I saw earlier today from The HRD.

I recognise now that I won’t recapture those halcyon days of free abandon – due in no small part to my own growing knowledge of Social Media, security, privacy and other associated issues.  I’m completely open on Twitter, I’m open to any (relevant) professional LinkedIn connection – but I do want to retain a tighter level of control on Facebook.

With my clearout a few weeks back, I thought I was done.  Then I read Matt Alder‘s latest piece (if you haven’t, you should – he’s bang-on with the LinkedIn stuff).  I was drawn to the Social Graph tool he’d used to produce one screen-shot, and tested it out.  The resulting view made it blindingly obvious that my Facebook cull hadn’t done the job.  A few completely unconnected people, floating around and yes, each one on inspection was one I wouldn’t hug.


Friends, Romans, Countrymen!

Social Graph of my Facebook friends.



So where does that leave me?  Continuing on the journey I guess.  The platforms will continue to evolve, as will the way I handle real-world and online relationships.  Provided the tools continue to evolve too, I’m confident I’ll be able to manage things in the way that I want – but that’s always been trendy, hasn’t it?

How your iPhone / Android / BlackBerry defines you

In Mobile on November 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I’ll confess now….  I’m Android. And no, I don’t feel good about this.

But I’m smiling!

Credit: http://dailymobile.se/Credit: DailyMobile.se

How long have I been….? #trunoras question

In Conference, Facebook, LinkedIn, Social Media, Twitter on November 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm

At yesterday’s #TruNORAS event I was asked how long I’d been on certain platforms – and how I could tell.  I promised to blog the methods of finding out, so here you go!


  • Go to your home page, click on your name (top left), then Settings
  • It may ask you to reaffirm your password
  • Top left will then display User Since:



There used to be an app called First on Facebook, which revealed the date you opened your account.  However, it seems to have vanished and I haven’t been able to source an alternative way of identifying the date.

For me, LinkedIn was 17th May 2005 and Twitter was 12th January 2009. I believe my Facebook date was around mid-2007, but as that app has disappeared, I can’t be certain.

Anyone want to help out on that one?

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