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Day 16 – November 29, 2009 (Sun): Post a Discussion Tweet

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 98 Followers: 86 Listed: 5

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 15 – November 28, 2009 (Sat): Post a Link Tweet

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Wow. I blocked my first follower today. I don’t get it. Why do these types of spammers spam? I could understand legitimate businesses. For instance, I must have made a comment on video games on Friday because I got a bunch of gamer followers as a result (as well as @Santaclaus_2012). I’ve heard from others Twitter needs to control spam or face extinction. Hey! That’s a great discussion! I’ll tweet it right now…

(Hours later.) @leedrake was the only response. He brought up a great point. While e-mail is permission based, Twitter is not. In other words, caveat emptor. I’m still not sure what that means in the end for Twitter, because sometimes buyers prefer to embrace laziness. They don’t want to take the time to “beware” and often prefer some middle-man take care of all the nasty stuff.

I did get into an interesting back and forth about Einstein with @susanbeebe. But, that was the extent of my discussions. I guess too many people spent the day watching football. I got a little of the same in (along with some male bonding with my son), but the bulk of the day saw me writing the script for the AstronomyTop100.com official Top Ten Countdown Awards Show scheduled for this coming Friday night.

I’ve now passed the half-way point in this experiment and I can tell you one early conclusion: I possess no desire to fritter my life on Twitter.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Find out today’s results on Day 17 – November 30, 2009 (Mon): Post an Action Tweet

Day 15 – November 28, 2009 (Sat): Post a Link Tweet

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 98 Followers: 77 Listed: 5

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 14 – November 27, 2009 (Fri): Do Some Customer Service

twitter_power_joel_comm_150To be honest, I’ve been posting links for awhile. But I did one again, first thing in the morning. I posted a link to this experiment and the Survey Monkey survey. I can’t say anyone responded to the former. I can definitively say no one responded to the latter. Well, at least I can so nobody voted.

Then I left the Twitterverse to work on the final script for the AstronomyTop100.com official Top Ten Countdown Awards Show scheduled for this coming Friday night. As a result, I didn’t do much to add to the experiment. I did accelerate the experiment through “off-Twitter” marketing by creating a discussion in a couple of LinkedIn groups I belong to.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 16 – November 29, 2009 (Sun): Post a Discussion Tweet

Day 14 – November 27, 2009 (Fri): Do Some Customer Service

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 90 Followers: 63 Listed: 5

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 13 – November 26, 2009 (Thu): Reel In Your Evangelists

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Black Friday. When most of America heads for the mall, and I go to work. Working in the field I do, you don’t get many days off. Since I really like my business, that’s not a problem. The weird thing, though, beside the normal national holidays, our industry recognizes and closes on Good Friday. As a lifelong Catholic, I feel this is a good thing.

Today, not only the mall’s had sales, but so did the stock market. Something to do with Dubai. I was busy. But the market closed early so I got to go home around 2pm.

Now, Joel Comm recommends one devote Day 14 to customer service. I don’t service customers via Twitter (nor does anyone else in our industry). Instead, I decided to have a few more conversations to see what I could learn. Here’s what I learned:

Day 13 – November 26, 2009 (Thu): Reel In Your Evangelists

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 90 Followers: 60 Listed: 5

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 12 – November 25, 2009 (Wed): Look for Your Evangelists

twitter_power_joel_comm_150It’s Thanksgiving. Who’s on Twitter? This morning as we prepared the meal and before football started, I had a short back and forth with @SkeeterHarris. He said he liked this experiment. I thanked him. Most of the other comments came either from the Buffalo Bills players and what appeared to be scheduled tweets.

By half time of the second game, Twitter bubbled with a touch more activity. Still sparse, but a little more. While I wasn’t looking, though, my eleventh grader sent me on a journey down memory lane that pleased me and astonished her.

Continue Reading “Day 13 – November 26, 2009 (Thu): Reel In Your Evangelists”

Day 12 – November 25, 2009 (Wed): Look for Your Evangelists

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 81 Followers: 57 Listed: 5

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 11 – November 24, 2009 (Tue): Have Fun!

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Well, let’s just say I woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning. Not only had my following paid off in new followers, but I discovered some of those new followers had added me to their lists. However, an “@” response from Democrat & Chronicle sports writer Sal Maiorana. Now, those who know me have full knowledge of my familiarity with the media, but, other than the fact Mike Catalana used to live next to my brother, most of my contacts reside on the business page. In fact, this morning I spoke to D&C reporter Matt Daneman about credit default swaps.

Sal had some interested comments on the disposition of the Buffalo Bills coach. He seems to feel a top-tier won’t desire coming to the Bills due to lack of talent.

Although Joel Comm had his own ideas for the next two days, I realized that, with today being the day before Thanksgiving and tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I figure there won’t be much action on Twitter. I continued to experiment with the “@” and DM functions and found out I accidentally @’d the wrong person. The whole knew. Oops! In the end, it probably came across as more of a non sequitur and less of a “your slip is showing” kind of event.

For the most part, the rest of the evening I spent cleaning off our dining room table in anticipation of tomorrow’s big family feast. It’s the least I can do for my lovely wife.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 13 – November 26, 2009 (Thu): Reel In Your Evangelists

Day 11 – November 24, 2009 (Tue): Have Fun!

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 64 Followers: 42 Listed: 2

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 10 – November 23, 2009 (Mon): Answer a Question

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Hooray! I’m a third of the way done. So far, I’m less than impressed, and we’re heading into the Thanksgiving holiday so I think I won’t be seeing too much activity. Maybe Friday.

OK, so I just had fun today. I really didn’t have much time during the work day to address any Twitter items except for a few work related ones. After work (and my kids’ parent-teacher conferences), I went back on and repeated several of the steps Joel Comm recommended for the previous days. I followed a handful of Rochester Social Media Club folks (this time) Mike recommended. I also engaged in a few conversations and asked a question. I sent some targeted “@” posts to some folks who appeared in my “Back to the Future” article posted November 12, 2009. I even sent an @ message to Chris Brogan to encourage him to read the “It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again” article telling of his Veteran’s Day visit to Rochester to speak before the Social Media Today Conference. Lee actually left a great comment on the former. Who knows if Chris Brogan even noticed my one grain of sand tweet in his Twitterverse.

That’s it for today. Just a little fun and a lot of real work. And what little free time will now be devoted to either GearFreeze or AstronomyTop100.com for the next two weeks.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 12 – November 25, 2009 (Wed): Look for Your Evangelists

Day 10 – November 23, 2009 (Mon): Answer a Question

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 63 Followers: 42 Listed: 0

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 9 – November 22, 2009 (Sun): Ask a Question

twitter_power_joel_comm_150I first tried answering this question:

stompernetfan Can We Benefit From The Substitution Effect? http://trcb.us/IsA

about 6 hours ago from API

All right, I know it was 6 hours old, but it was the first question I found. To help spur debate, I retweeted it. Here’s what I said in my answer:

ChrisCarosa @stompernetfan Generally, the substitution effect becomes prevalent during economic down cycles like we have not.

3 minutes ago from web in reply to stompernetfan

I looked around for some more questions, but more of them involved high schoolers trying to find dates and other juvenile things. Today was a pretty wasted day (in Twitterland, but very productive at work – could there be a correlation?).

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 11 – November 24, 2009 (Tue): Have Fun!

Day 9 – November 22, 2009 (Sun): Ask a Question

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 44 Followers: 35 Listed: 0

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 8 – November 21, 2009 (Sat): Add More Followers

twitter_power_joel_comm_150As luck would have it, the Buffalo Bills played Jacksonville today. With a new coach and some free time during the game, I figured this would be a great topic to ask a question.

OK, I tried asking a question:

ChrisCarosa @thurmanthomas Watcha know about Parrish’s sudden appearance?

41 minutes ago from web in reply to thurmanthomas

I waited a while and watched a little more of the Bills game. When I returned, I found I got nothing, so I tried this one:

Continue Reading “Day 9 – November 22, 2009 (Sun): Ask a Question”

Day 8 – November 21, 2009 (Sat): Add More Followers

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 44 Followers: 23 Listed: 0

Here’s what happened on Day 7 – November 20, 2009 (Fri): Start Catching Big Followers

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Sorry, I skipped the whole day because of my son’s FLL robotics team GearFreeze at the regional qualifiers at Churchville-Chili today. They took the trophy for Excellent Project Award. Congrats GearFreeze. Now it’s on to the Finger Lakes Championship. I did notice I got some more followers, but I obviously didn’t have time to follow more. I can take care of that tomorrow.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 9 – November 22, 2009 (Sun): Ask a Question

Day 7 – November 20, 2009 (Fri): Start Catching Big Followers

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 35 Followers: 16 Listed: 0

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 6 – November 19, 2009 (Thu): Add Friends and Acquaintances – and Start Replying

twitter_power_joel_comm_150What’s a big follower? I guess someone who has and follows tens of thousands of followers. In an amazing twist of events, these big time marketers, perhaps triggered by some social media comment I made, start following me. In addition, I’m starting to get some good follow-backs. It’s a light day on Twitter because most of my daylight hours are spent at work and most of my evening hours are spent emptying the camcorder so I can record my son’s FLL robotics team GearFreeze at the regional qualifiers tomorrow. Good luck guys!

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 8 – November 21, 2009 (Sat): Add More Followers