Direct Messages (w/Personal Feel)- I liked adding the person's actual name (even if I had to search around to find it.) Ask The Question - Get to the point, and ask the direct question. After all, it is called "Direct" Message.Tell 'em Why You're Asking - I made the mistake of sending out a number of questions without saying what my purpose was. I had a lot of "why are you asking" responses.Follow-up When Needed - Look for follow-up questions, and quickly respond.
What Doesn't Work:
Survey Monkey - I thought I'd "make it easy" and create a link to a survey monkey survey with a quick and easy form to fill out. Got about one response from Twitter folks, and a couple from my library list serv community. So, that lead balloon didn't fly at all!!Badly Worded Question - The initial idea was to get people to promote a blog entry that they wrote, that they felt more people should have read. So, I initially posted this: "What Was the Best Blog Post of 2008 That No One Read?" -- Cue Crickets!! [chirp -- chirp]Generic Question to My Entire Twitter Followers - Again, cue the crickets!! Very little response to this one.
You often hear that Twitter is a "Social Networking Tool" - Well, I'm here today to say that it truly is. What a great resource for surveying good people in the professional realm.
I'm compiling the results now, and will likely have it posted here on Friday.
If you have a great blog post you wrote (or read) in 2008, and you think others would also enjoy reading it, please let me know either via Twitter (@glambert) or at the 3 Geeks new email address (firstname.lastname@example.org)