I decided earlier this week to ask my Twitter friends a question. In the process I’ve learned a lot of what works, doesn’t work, and that you can hit a Direct Message Limit on Twitter (who knew??) What Works:
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.
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.