Lots of people use Twitter auto responders. There is controversy over whether it’s a good idea or not. It doesn’t really bother me. I get it. You follow someone, then that someone then knows you are “listening” and it’s their chance to send you some conversion copy or a link to their site. Not a big deal. It’s a bit tacky and not “warm”, but I get it. This post is not about whether you should use autoresponders. Instead, it’s about how to handle auto responders properly. If you are going to use Twitter auto responders be ready to engage.
Over the weekend I was attempting to get my LinkedIn profile up to speed. After making some edits to my profile and adding a few new projects to my project list, I decided to use their “Connect with people in your Gmail account” tool.
I started by unselecting “Connect with all” which had checked off every person that had an email address in my address book, then I went through the list and selected the people that I had recently met at events, conferences, connected with through projects, etc. You know, the right way to use LinkedIn.
When I first learned about John Cage’s 4’ 33” in college I found it equally profound and inspiring. The general premise of 4’ 33” is for musicians to stop playing/performing for four minutes and thirty-three seconds in a live environment. When the musicians halt the making of sound, the audience and the environment is the only space left to create “noise.”