I’ve been following some interesting people on twitter, some individuals, some organisations and recently a lot of engaged active Ghanaians. It has been informative and fun on twitter and I’m enjoying every bit of it.
What I have realised is that depending on who or what you are, you approach twitter differently. Everyone on twitter has something written or unwritten that shapes their ‘behaviour’ – tweets on this ever popular social networking platform.
I will want to categorize users into 3 groups (4 if you want to count spammers or irregular users):
1. Individuals (with personal values)
– These category of twitter users have a personal identity that often translates into the people they follow.
– They often tweet/ retweet about their hobbies and typically follow a lot of personal friends, Category 2 and 3 people
– They also make new friends and [even] keep (thread) conversations going on twitter
A maxim for this group: If you want to know a person, check the people she is following on twitter
2. Public Organisations, News Agencies and Customer Service departments [of companies]
– These category of twitter users represent a VERIFIABLE company, agency or department
– They often tweet NEW INFORMATION with (tiny)URL directing to their (corporate or news) website
– They usually follow very few people (often limited to similar institutions) but have a large following depending on whether they cover a country, locality or international
– They only respond to tweets according to laid down internal communication procedures
– They are often retweeted among Category 1 people
– These category of twitter users can range from highly engaged or passively giving information to their followers
– They often tweet (tiny)URLs to sites that publish stories about them, post pictures or information about their upcoming events
– They have a huge following and often follow other celebrities and retweet other celebrities
– They are often retweeted among Category 1 people and get support or hate messages
4. Spammers or Irregular users
– They often follow too many people on twitter and have very few tweets
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