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No One Will Talk With You on Twitter or Friendfeed? 20 Ideas of What You Should do to Get Conversations Going | Vivid! Social Media

No One Will Talk With You on Twitter or Friendfeed? 20 Ideas of What You Should do to Get Conversations Going

Posted on January 26, 2009

I’ve made the decision to start featuring interesting people I meet online, and I guess there’s no better day than today. Robert Scoble is a self-proclaimed Tech geek blogger, and he’s probably the biggest celebrity blogger around. I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about him when you could just read about him elsewhere, read his blog, or follow him on Twitter.

The reason I feel the need to bring Scoble up today is an interesting list he started on Friendfeed. I “borrowed” the title of his list for the title of this post - hope you don’t mind Robert.

Here’s what’s going on. Robert is building a list in the comments section, and other readers are adding their own tips. It’s a great idea, fantastic topic, and the list has become a nice resource…..so I’ve added it to Vivid! for your learning pleasure.

  1. Start a list of something outrageous. Tell some friends who seem to get lots of conversations going about it. Just tweet them with their twitter address like this: @scobleizer in the post.
  2. Comment on other people’s threads first. Say smart stuff. Be funny, cute, interesting, etc. Or, throw the “bacon bomb” into the comments. Don’t know what the Bacon Bomb is? Ask Mona on friendfeed.
  3. Follow people who seem to always get conversations going. This is very important on friendfeed because you’ll get a sense of what works for them. And, you’ll be the first to see the big conversations before anyone else. First post in friendfeed always is seen more.
  4. Look at http://search.twitter.com and see what is trending. Comment about that.
  5. Look at “Best of Day” on friendfeed and ignore it.
  6. If you are talking about stuff on Techmeme you are too late. That news is always an hour late. Instead, use http://www.techfuga.com and get into the conversations that are happening now.
  7. Rif on something smart that one of the smart people say. Dave Winer, Tim O’Reilly, Steve Gillmor, etc.
  8. Post a picture of bacon. But you’ve gotta put something unusual into it. A picture of Mike Arrington, for instance.
  9. Teach people how to do something new.
  10. Complaining that no one is paying attention to you on twitter or friendfeed might work. Once or twice. But then we remember that’s all you do and that you aren’t bringing any value. So, long term this will hurt you. Plus, there’s always someone who is begging who has a better beg.
  11. Click “Like” on 100 new things that caught your eye. We do see that and we do notice that you’re adding important meta data to the system. Even if we don’t notice you’ll have 100 new friendfeed items to comment on now. Just visit the “me” tab and then click on “Likes” over on the right side and you’ll see them all.
  12. Have sex with someone who always has lots of comments. Have Duncan Riley post pictures!
  13. Get laid off. But have a great story. Even better? Start a room on friendfeed for people to talk with you about your future.
  14. Get someone who gets lots of comments to “Like” your item. This takes getting to know a few people and what they like. It also might mean giving them a phone call, sending them email, chatting with them on Facebook, or generally stalking them. Social media is great for stalking. I know everything that Guy Kawasaki and Tim O’Reilly are thinking due to social media. Hint, we’re all egotistical baaahhhssstttaaarrrddddssss and we all look at our replies in Twitter. Just include @scobleizer in your tweet!!!
  15. Say something outrageous like “Palm Pre kills the iPhone.” Oh, wait, that’s not outrageous, it’s just a fact that hasn’t been widely understood yet. Heheh. Seriously, take on Apple and you are almost guaranteed a conversation. You just gotta be prepared for the backlash.
  16. Post great pictures and funny little items like Mona.
  17. Baby photos. Louis Gray. Enough said.
  18. Tell a retweetable story. Chris Brogan has this down. Study what he is doing and do it better.
  19. Hang out with people who get lots of conversations going. Go to lots of events where friendfeeders and twitterers hang out. Here’s a list: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/user/138148/
  20. Talk about Daft Punk and why they are or aren’t the downfall of the next generation.

So that’s Scoble’s list. What follows are other replies to the same topic, from other Friendfeeders.

  • Comment on yet another Robert Scoble List - Chacha
  • ehm.. show some tits? (for ladies) :p - Lucio
  • Slip @MrTweet a few bills every week. - Liz
  • Be real. Be interesting. Be real interesting. - Ron’s Home And Hardware
  • Add “what do you think?” - Andrew Smith
  • Make an outrageous list so other people can comment on it to get followers - Chacha
  • Talk about getting Robert to follow you? - http://friendfeed.com/e/e6dd1d1d-aeef-49d4-bfdf-64bbb2e02dfa/If-you-want-Robert-Brogan-etc-to-follow-you-who/ - Todd Jordan
  • Ask a specific (appropriately geeky) question - Prunella
  • be authentic… we can tell when you are fishing for attention… - Brian Roy
  • Make a list of Top Tweets of 2008 and Send a message to everyone on that list telling them they are there. ;-) http://twurl.nl/tbo2ll - David Petherick
  • Announce a list and let other ppl write it for you - Trung Ly
  • Follow more people. That is probably the fastest way. - Alex Wilhelm
  • You forgot about re-tweeting this post :) - Jim Reynolds
  • Challenge a high profile Twitterer who is incapable of not responding to critique. You’ll get at least a few Tweets back & forth, probably mostly negative but people will know who you are and either think you’re an inspired rebel or an ass. - Liz
  • Don’t participate in other people’s threads but constantly complain how no one notices you! - Mona N.

This list is still growing, so head over and add your own ideas. Thanks to Scoble for the awesome list!

Photo credit: glemal

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