The 10 Stages Of A Twitterer

It seems that Twitter has taken the Internet by storm, so much so that every man and his dog has decided to join the Twitter revolution. After some study I have discovered that every Twitterer goes through certain stages before they can claim to be a proficient Twitterer. I’ve decided to list the states that I went through on my  Twitter discovery journey.

It’s quite possible that some of my readers have gone through some of the same stages. Just for a change I’ve decided to use a video to portray the separate stages I went through and I am hoping that at the end you may want to leave a comment saying how close they were to your own Twitter experience.

I’ve written a little post for those of you who have a hard time understanding my accent. Again, if you are offended by swear words you may want to read one of my other posts.

  1. Newbie: This is the initial member stage when you don’t know what the hell you are supposed to do.
  2. Research: Because you don’t want to remain a Newbie for the rest of your life you decide to do a little research to find out exactly how Twitter works
  3. Sifting: That research is starting to cram a lot of ideas into your head, especially if you came across bloggers like John Chow who tell you that to become a successful marketer you need to get thousands of followers. This is the stage where you sift through your newly acquired knowledge to separate the crap from the gems
  4. Following: Your research has lead you to believe that bloggers like John Chow are marketing Gurus and must therefore know what they are talking about. Working on that premise you decide to follow his lead and start to follow a whole heap of people that seem to have the same interests as you, hoping that most of them will return the favor.
  5. WTF!: The What The Fuck Stage is reached once you’ve accumulated a whole heap of followers and are suddenly bombarded with a whole lot of useless Tweets. After putting up with it for awhile you decide that you don’t give a shit about somebody picking their nose, or what someone else is having for lunch. You find especially annoying that Twitterers who seem to Tweet every few minutes and those Tweets that at first appear interesting but end up taking you to a squeeze page or a site full of affiliate links.
  6. Unfollow: You’ve had enough and decide that your sanity is more important than following a bunch of morons and so you decide to trim the excess fat by unfollowing the annoying, marketing and otherwise useless Twitterers. You aslo come across a site that called Friend Or Follow that will show you those people who have decided to stop following you and decide, rightfully so, that they are the first ones to get the chop
  7. Panic: You breathe a sigh of relief as the incessant chatter has diminished, but not longer after that your statistics show that your blogs hits have reduced quite remarkably. Naturally you assume that it must be because of all those people you have stopped following. Heaven forbid that you would think to put the blame on yourself because you’ve been posting less and your content has been a little lacking of late. Panic mode sets in and you wonder if perhaps you should start to build up your followers again, but at what cost? You wonder how people like Darren Rowse (Aussie Problogger) and Chow manage to do it.
  8. Google: Convinced that a solution must exist you resort to Google in the hope that it can help you with your dilemma.
  9. TweetDeck: You discover Tweetdeck which amongst other things will allow you to create groups of Twitterers to ‘easily follow friends, colleagues or other interest groups’ You figure that you can also create separate groups for all those noisy tweets that you ant to suppress.
  10. I’ve left this one blank so that you can add your own stage to the mixture

So, these are the stages that I went through and I would really like to know if you guys went through some if not all of the same stages.

If you found this post entertaining and because of the economic crisis can’t afford to buy me a beer, perhaps you would consider stumbling, digging it or any other way of letting the world hear of it.

EDIT: Try Googling what the fuck is a twitterer and see what you get. :jittery_tb:

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  1. Stage 10 – You reach a Zen regarding Twitter and realize it’s simply another tool for you to build your online business and friends…no more, no less. But wow, what a great resource it can become!!

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s Last blog post..TUTORIAL – 7 Of The most CONVINCING Ways To Boldly Make Money With Your Blog Sidebar Part 2

    1. Sounds like the perfect stage Barbara. I reckon I’ve almost reached that stage myself.

  2. Well Sire it’s well put. For me though there is a difference. I started twittering (and still going on like this actually) for fun so i never follow someone before i study his latest tweets, see what he really tweets about and how frequent he is. If he tweets 5 times in a minute then i won’t follow. I want to be able to follow correctly my other friends. Finally, tweetdeck is something that helps me a LOT on twittering and actually if it wasn’t for it wouldn’t probably go on. Oh! As always, your video is very good!

    stratosg´s Last blog post..Make your #FollowFriday easy!

    1. I’ve only just started using Tweetdeck and I am still fine tuning it. Thanks for dropping in stratos.

        1. Yeah, I suppose I should add it somewhere. Anyway, its AussieSire

  3. I still haven’t made it to the Tweetdeck stage. As far as unfollowing, if someone just follows and then immediately unfollows me for no reason, and they don’t have any useful tweets, or I don’t recognize them either from my blog or other social sites, I’ll unfollow them. With the Twitter following limits, it is almost necessary to occasionally prune the list to make sure you are not over the ratio of following vs. followers.

    ~ Kristi

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  4. Hey Kristi, thanks for the comments, and you know how much I appreciate you dropping in and leaving those words of wisdom, but my male ego needs a little more that that. You know what I’m talking about. You forgot to mention my video, or is it because you didn’t want to hurt my feelings. :wink_ee:

    BTW, for those of you that want to learn a lot more about Twitter a great post to read is kristy’s Twitter Lingo & Tips for New Twitter And FaceBook Users.

  5. I’m still on the research stage and think I will take a tip from you and install the tweet deck in the hope that I may just bypass the WTF stage, or at least have a way of filtering out and not taking notice of the twitters I’m not really interested in. Id hazard a guess that the stage 10 is figuring out how to effectively bring traffic to your site.
    That’s a great second video and I think the hat and glasses combo are set to become the Aussie Sire alter ego disguise of Peter #@*£#~;)

    1. Thanks Khaled. As for the hat and glasses, I suppose you could call that branding :ponder_tb:

  6. Really very interesting and informative article.i like this video…nice job …

    1. Yeah, too bad that no-one is willing to pay me for acting :laugh_tb:


  7. Twitter:
    Now, that was entertaining. I read it all first, then watched the video, and, though there were a couple of places where the accent passed me by, I got almost the entire thing.

    My 10th is actually getting into using it. It can be a nice tool for learning stuff, for making people aware of your stuff, and actually having conversation with other people, which I seem to do more of than anything else.

    Mitch´s Last blog post..Article Packages

    1. I’m glad you found it entertaining Mitch. It took awhile to do and that version is actually the third one I uploaded to YouTube, the rest I’ve deleted, as I wasn’t happy with the way they turned out.

      As for the accent, I didn’t realize it was all that bad. If I ever come to visit you in the States I may have to hire an interpreter.


      1. Twitter:
        Well, what you have to remember is that we’ve gotten used to people like Nicole Kidman, who speaks kind of a refined English, so to speak. We got used to Paul Hogan, but who’s there been for a long time from Australia that we see all the time? Whereas, over there, you see lots of American TV, the only Australian show I know we have here is, well, if it’s still on, that Bindy show.

        Mitch´s Last blog post..Sugar Alcohol Problems

        1. Yeah, but what is really strange is that when I see an American show I don’t notice and accent, unless it’s a Southern one, but when I was in Hawaii it was all over the place, and yet I was still able to understand everyone. Reckon us Aussies are just that little bit smarter. :tongue_rolleye_ee:

          1. Fair suck of the sav Mitch, I was in a rush when I wrote that. Thanks for the heads up though as I was able to fix it.

    1. Well Peter, I think your comment will have to be better than that if you expect people to come and follow you.

    1. Man! I was wondering where that backache came from. :tongue_laugh_ee:

  8. Too bad I am still stuck on the 2nd stage. Still thinking what to do next. Hehe

    Ron´s Last blog post..SM Rosario Cavite Job Fest

    1. No stress Ron, there is no rush. Let the stages come to you at your own pace.

      1. Already googled “what the fuck is a twitterer”, and Boom! You comes first dude!

        Ron´s Last blog post..SM Rosario Cavite Job Fest

        1. Yeah how cool is that. I have two sites that rate highly for swear words :ponder_tb: :doh_tb: :laugh_tb:

  9. I hear ya Sire, literally. I’m currently in the UnFollow stage. The useless chatter can be absolutly overwhelming, especially if you get text messages from alot of those folks that you follow. I had to get rid of that feature fast!

    The Almost Millionaire´s Last blog post..Tips for New Bloggers

    1. Yeah, what can be really annoying is when some of your followers start up a conversation and you are bombarded by a conversation that you are not even interested in.

  10. Enjoyed the list. I resisted Twitter for awhile. It’s more enjoyable than I initially expected. It comes down to following people who tweet about things you’re actually interested in. It’s not about having the most followers, but followers who find value in your tweets. Then, they are more likely to communicate with you or retweet your posts.

    Gennaro´s Last blog post..National Parks Get $750 Million

    1. That is what I figure but there are a lot of people out there who are pushing the idea, especially if you are into marketing, that you need thousands of followers to be successful.

      1. I’m not an expert so that strategy might be best, but at this point I try to target people who are interested in the same things or who I have met through blogging, commenting, or in other aspects of life. I figure there are enough people that are interested in travel, blogging, tech, etc that I’ll do okay.

        I’m @EWanderlust by the way

        Gennaro´s Last blog post..National Parks Get $750 Million

        1. yep, and I agree with you 100%.

  11. wow great post i enjoyed reading your 10 stages of a twitterer it was very informative and helpful to say the least

    almir´s Last blog post..Vital Tips That Can Aid Any Blogger

    1. That’s great Almir, I also hope that apart from learning something it managed to get a smile out of you.

  12. At stage 5 I deleted my account, determined to start up again eventually the right way. lol

    Dennis Edell´s Last blog post..Business Mentors, Advisers & Coaches

  13. Way to go Dennis. Considering how busy you are there is no point in putting up with useless distractions now is there?

    1. Yep, I was way too caught up in the beginning with “how many can I get in 30 seconds”, which does more harm then good to those that actually care to use it in the right manner.

      Dennis Edell´s Last blog post..Business Mentors, Advisers & Coaches

  14. Honestly, I follow maybe a quarter of the people following me. Probably because I attract the weirdest people (Yes I’m a natural at that) and don’t WANT to see any links or tweets of theirs. It might scar me for life and damage my childhood well being.

    I wouldn’t want to follow thousands of people even if I THOUGHT I should. That would just mean some of those thousands of people would stalk/follow me… and that would just be a few more people I might offend by something I said. They would say something back to me, I would unfollow them, and I’d be back to square one!

    Maybe I should move to Aussieland and everyone would appreciate my mouth. HA!

    I have TweetDeck and absolutely LOVE IT. I have a group called, “Tweeples Of Zeh Pimpest” and if you’re not in the group, I probably have no idea what you tweet. I’ve always wanted to screen shot that area and say, “If you do not see yourself, you obviously fail. Thank you and have a nice tweetin day”. I should make that a blog post… :D

    I think of twitter as, “Just Cait’s opinion in 140 characters”.

    Catchy, aye? Or Mate?

    Cait Hagar

    Cait Hagar´s Last blog post..Splashup Web Browser Picture Editor

    1. You could have ended that as ‘Catchy, hey mate? That was quite a comment Cait and I can understand you feeling that way. I’m still feeling my way around TweetDeck so I haven’t come to grips with it’s proper use. But I will get there.


      1. Twitter:
        Let me add this. The other day, using the link you provided Sire, I went and unfollowed 140 people who weren’t following me. Days later, at least 10 of those people were following me again.

        Also, I follow lots of people, around 850, but have way more following me. Odd as it sounds, I like it because I have TweetDeck set to only show me 500 outstanding messages at a time per category. I have my friends segregated from that, about 20 folks, and if they’re not around, then I can get through the 500 in almost no time at all.

        I see lots of stuff that I’m glad to learn about with all those people, and we know all those people aren’t writing at the same time, so it’s relatively easy to keep up with them. And if I’m not in the mood, then I delete the list of posts and move on.

        So, it’s really no big deal following lots of people. And, you know me, I don’t overly care if someone doesn’t like what I say or not, though, since I don’t say anything bad, the only reason someone might drop me is because of my politics. And if that happens,… good!

        Mitch´s Last blog post..Six Things I’ve Learned About Affiliate Marketing

        1. Go through 500 in no time at all huh? Now that wouldn’t have anything to do with you being a speed reader now would it mate?

          Me, having to go through that many every day would be more than I can bear.

          1. Well remind me to get you teach me how that is done after I make enough money to visit you over in the States.


          2. Twitter:
            Well, obviously I go through more than that in a day; that’s in one quick sitting. It’s actually got more to do with the art of scanning than reading this time around. 140 characters is easy to read; getting used to patterns makes it easy to scan. I don’t try to see it all, but my eyes will lock onto whatever catches their fancy. I see lots on internet marketing, and then I see lots of quotes. And, outside of my main friends, some other people I’m familiar with who I like to check on.

            I can’t really explain better how I do it, but I do it, and have no problems with it at all.

            Mitch´s Last blog post..Six Things I’ve Learned About Affiliate Marketing

  15. Honestly, I follow maybe a quarter of the people following me. Probably because I attract the weirdest people (Yes I’m a natural at that) and don’t WANT to see any links or tweets of theirs. It might scar me for life and damage my childhood well being.

    I wouldn’t want to follow thousands of people even if I THOUGHT I should. That would just mean some of those thousands of people would stalk/follow me… and that would just be a few more people I might offend by something I said. They would say something back to me, I would unfollow them, and I’d be back to square one!

    Maybe I should move to Aussieland and everyone would appreciate my mouth. HA!

    I have TweetDeck and absolutely LOVE IT. I have a group called, “Tweeples Of Zeh Pimpest” and if you’re not in the group, I probably have no idea what you tweet. I’ve always wanted to screen shot that area and say, “If you do not see yourself, you obviously s**k. Thank you and have a nice tweetin day”. I should make that a blog post… :D

    I think of twitter as, “Just Cait’s opinion in 140 characters”.

    Catchy, aye? Or Mate?

    I have no idea what stage I’m in.

    Cait Hagar

    Cait Hagar´s Last blog post..Splashup Web Browser Picture Editor

  16. I’m a 5, verging on a 6!

    iPhone´s Last blog post..Baby Shaker exposes flaws in app store

    1. Cool, at least you know you are working up the ranks :laugh_tb:


  17. Twitter:
    Hi Sire,

    First off, I agree with you on Tweetdeck … it makes using twitter somewhat bearable .. I’d have give up long ago if I was just using the twitter web interface.

    For me, I think the 10th stage is basically coming to the conclusion that I don’t really care how many followers I have. I’m more interested in the quality of the contacts and interactions, on those occasions when I choose to get on twitter. Also, it’s the realization that I won’t be using twitter primarily to try to promote other things (like my blog), but instead will try to use it as it was intended … for times when I have a thought or idea, but don’t have the time, inclination, or material to write a full blog post.

    That’s my goal anyway.

    Todd

    Todd Morris´s Last blog post..Happy Marriage Tips

    1. I hear you Todd, and like you I am not looking at having a huge following, which is why I rarely follow back, knowing that once they find out they will stop following me, which a lot do anyway. I prefer to have just a group of friends so that I can keep updated with their posts and let them know when I have updated mine. I also find that generally I am also more interested in their tweets.

  18. i am so at stage nine right now

    i luvs ma tweetdeck!

    (((hugs tweetdeck)))

    1. Yeah Stu, tweetdeck is the best, and you are one up on me because I haven’t learned how to hug it yet lol

  19. I started casually like any other person when I heard about twitter following everyone possible out there. Later I understood that it was not making sense for me because the people I am following are no way related for what I do and have no connection. I still trying to remove some of them with whom I have no connections…Meanwhile I am facing a small problem now where I am automatically following all those who are following me and have no clue how to stop it. Any help will be really appreciated :)….Again I am yet to start using tweet deck…. :)

    Cheers
    Krish

    1. Krish, I didn’t think this was possible without a signing up for service that allows you to do that. Do you remember signing up for some Tweet service where this was an option?

  20. Hi! I couldn’t watch the video because my sound is funky; I will try to get back to it later.

    Yesterday I looked at my profile and realized I’d gained about 700 followers over the past month without realizing it. My follow notices were going to the spam folder for some reasons. And I realized I didn’t much care, except for being flattered that probably at least 4 of those were real people that were interested in me!

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  21. No worries Tracy, and why wouldn’t people be interested in you? I do believe this is your first time here so I would like to welcome and thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog.

    When you do get to hear the video I would be really interested on what you thought about it. Hopefully it is all good.

  22. Hi,

    your list is great. I joined rather late and then it was just for the fun of it. My account has been blocked and I’m trying to get it back up again. I guess you can classify me as a newbie. I use to follow many people and then slowly but surely started to unfollow some as it was just not what I was into. I have bookmarked this page so that I can come back and rate myself in a few months time when I’m up and running.

    Thanks for sharing these points.

  23. That’s great George, I would love to have you come back and tell us how your rating has changed over time. Thanks for commenting mate.

  24. It’s hilarious, because it’s sadly true. Hahha. God, I feel so predictable now. Well, I’m on my way to Google “what the fuck is a twitterer” and see what happens. I don’t know if I should be scared or excited.

    Joe´s Last blog post..Diet Soda – Not Your Best Bet

    1. I’m glad you liked it Joe. I hope you took the time to vote my YouTube effort up. :smoke_tb: Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  25. LOL – I’m a twitter newbie and am firmly entrenched in stage 4 but am rapidly approaching point where I actually don’t care. I don’t use facebook anymore because of the update facility (I honestly don’t care that Richard has found it difficult to wake up today). However, at least facebook had other saving graces. Twitter is just facebook updates on speed.

    Made me laugh – thanks for the articel.

    1. hey Matt, thanks for giving me another way of looking at Twitter,

      Twitter is just facebook updates on speed.

      That’s really quite good. :lol_ee:

      1. LOL – you’re very welcome.

  26. Yep, those 10 stages really are how a beginning Twitterer experiences the Twitter experience. It’s how I experienced it as well, and now I actually quit with Twitter.
    .-= Tom@Priligy´s last blog ..Dapoxetine in the US =-.

    1. That’s too bad, I still use it, just not that much.

  27. I stopped using Twitter on step 6: unfollowing people, and then I never used my Twitter account again and I’m very happy I quit… I didn’t really like the concept anyway, I have enough with my Facebook account!
    .-= MrBloom@Online Pharmacy Reviews´s last blog ..BM Pharmacy =-.

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