Amber Nashland has a great post out on Social Media Today about “9 Ways To Build A Twitter Community With Substance”.
One of the parts I like best is her suggestion that you think of Twitter like farming:
“…The problem is that too few people have the patience to be a farmer. Cultivating the seeds of relationships and trust takes time. And you can’t shortcut it; if you don’t sow the seeds at the beginning of the year and tend to them properly, you’ll have nothing to harvest at the end of the season.”
This serves new Twitter users best because it takes the pressure off of them to see results immediately. Instead, they can see it as a process or cycle. Plant seeds, make sure it gets plenty of sun and water, and don’t expect to see growth or anything pretty for a while, since it takes time for plants to grow. It can be frustrating to feel like you are talking to yourself on Twitter when your great content gets no response. If you think of it as a process and you keep watering eventually good things will come.e