Day 19 – December 2, 2009 (Wed): Try a Different Sequence

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 112 Followers: 97 Listed: 5

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 18 – December 1, 2009 (Tue): Start Putting Your Tweets Together

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Remember @BPOrchestra? A couple of days ago they followed me, I followed back and then they unfollowed me. On Monday I sent them an @ message. As I assumed based on their tweet updates, it took them a day to get back to me. When they did they were very apologetic. They followed again (and I followed back). They even offered me two free tickets. I respectably declined (wouldn’t want the FCC on my case!). But seriously, they are a non-profit, after all, and I am sympathetic to cyber-mistakes, having committed my fair share. But, let’s not dwell on mistakes. Let’s reveal a little gossip.

Remember when I tried to help @ellenfweber with her camera download? Well, she got it to work. I don’t know if it was because of anything I suggested, but it doesn’t matter to me as long as she solved her problem. She was kind enough to thank me for trying to help. I appreciate that. Come to think of it, I probably don’t thank people enough. (At this point I can issue a global “thank-you” to all those people who have helped me through my life’s journey so far – there are a lot of them – but that would be a quite nerdy and insincere escape from years of omission, so I won’t even try.)

Late last night (and after the deadline of yesterday’s post) and into today I did catch up with @Juli_K and got an update on the Digital Rochester FESTIVUS! 2009 event. @markfrisk reminded about it at the last minute, but I couldn’t go anyway given the fact I still hadn’t cracked the script for the presentation at the Strasenburgh Planetarium Friday evening. In the end, FESTIVUS! – at least according to @Juli_K – packed in 500 peeps and she had to park a block away. As Yogi once said, “nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Since today’s experiment required I try a different sequence, I took my time coming up with it. First, I wanted to know if anyone else had any problems sleeping when there’s a full moon. No bites. Then, figuring I was so close to 100 followers, I decided to try enticing someone to break the century mark – and promptly lost two followers (both marketers no doubt miffed I didn’t follow back). But that experience gave me a great idea. I decided to use the “what’s my purpose here” line. That ended up drawing a comment or two from @mikegastin. His insights and humor refreshed me. Later in the evening, @erichnwise suggested Twitter was good for branding. By that time, however, I decided what I should concentrate on: posting links to articles about the slow decay of the old media (i.e., newspaper layoffs, magazine closings, television cutbacks). Some might consider it morbid, but I feel we sit on the cusp of history, the fulcrum separating what was – an elite media – and what will become – an egalitarian media.

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 20 – December 3, 2009 (Thu): Have Fun!

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