Doesn't socializing occur in conversations? It seems that way to me. Now, I'll admit that it is difficult to have a “conversation” with a few hundred Tweeple, let alone a few thousand. (I've accumulated almost three thousand of them.) Truthfully, I don't look at every Tweet, do you? I bet not. I open Twitter a couple times each day. First, I look @Connect to see who's tweeted me and respond immediately if they have (though this rarely happens). I know that some people take the time to reply to everyone who retweets them, but I don't have time. I thank them by adding them to a list of everyone who retweets me and return the favor by retweeting them whenever I can. That's my second chore on Twitter. I go to my lists and make the rounds of my “Core” followers (the ones who retweet me) and a couple of other lists in which I've accumulated people of special interests. Ultimately, I'm always searching for the chance to engage in conversations.
What's the best way to start a conversation? I think it's to ask a question. That's why I title most of my blog entries with questions. You know that the Twitter button in your blog uses the posting title as the default text of the Tweet. I ask my followers what they think about something and tell them what I think of it. I then invite them to join in a conversation with me, on Twitter or in a discussion thread attached to the blog entry.
Does my strategy work? Sometimes. My blog garners between six hundred and a thousand unique visits every day, but I don't have too many people leaving comments. Maybe they're answering me in their heads. I wish there were more posting comments. I'd be happy with comments that disagree with me. In fact, I even prefer those. They are the grist of some of the best conversations.
Well, that's my strategy. What's yours?