Because I feel it is important to help others, I figured I’d start doing something new. It’s not a new idea in the grand scheme of the Internet, but it is something new for me. I’m going to attempt to promote tools, people, or businesses on a weekly basis. I’m not being compensated accept for maybe some good karma. I am exposed to some brilliant people and products on a daily basis. I have to believe someone will benefit from this series.
This week will be about a product I went searching for. I noticed I had a drop in Twitter followers and I needed to know why. Was it something I said? Well, the short answer is YES.
I found a product that simply states “Find out which of your Twitter updates made people follow or leave you. “ It didn’t require that I provide my Twitter credentials, only my Twitter ID. It then gave a well formatted timeline of my tweets, the number of my followers, and the changes that correspond with my tweets.
I think this tool is excellent. It provides the feedback necessary for me to change my Twitter behavior. I discovered two possible behaviors people following me (or used to follow me) don’t like.
 My former followers didn’t like it when I retweeted my own post. I’ll admit, I was trying Tweetmeme as a new feature and that one backfired on me. The result was 3 unfollows. In the future, if you want to retweet my posts, I welcome it. But, I won’t be doing it myself.
 My former followers either didn’t like the appearance that I alienated someone or the fact that I had four hash tags in my tweet. The back-story is The Triple Constraint blog had a post titled Top Project Management Twitterers. I was included on the list and was very flattered to have been mentioned. It was retweeted and I posted a thank you. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of people that could have been on that list that were not. When one of the people I follow expressed that the roll call of PM Twitterers felt like being back at school waiting to be picked in P.E., I felt like a complete heel. I posted a semi apology and asked if anyone knew of a directory of PMs. The result was 4 unfollows.
So, I’m here to recommend Tweet Effect [www.tweeteffect.com]to all those Twitterers who are curious about what they tweet about and how it might impact those who follow them. The feature is free of charge.
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