Forget FB, Tweet 31 Comments

Daym, is what I was thinking when I saw the above chart, the growth rate of twitter is unheard of in the world of web. Twitter is now processing 50 million Tweets a day, which comes to about 1.5 billion Tweets a month.

By Comparison, Facebook which has more users and the number two website in the world grew so much slower.

I went back to read an article I wrote about a year ago. I was such a pessimist, how many friendships and relationships were broken up by it, but in reality how has it helped all of us keep in touch with friends, family and help up network a bit more, both professionally and personally.

I am going to look at twitter more positively because it suits me, or at-least my view of how everyone should be. Opinions, in 40 letters or less.

This way it helps us Africans who are so frightened of expressing our feelings publicly. Twitter will be therapy for African.

I know it sounds ridiculous but think about it, practice makes perfect!

Bernos though is not doing so well on Twitter, compared to Facebook, we have 250 followers to 5000 Fans.

I was discussing with Beshou, who is much less adverse to the social media technologies, and I asked her how to improve and she gave me some marketing methodologies. Well, and the method although might work were not organic, meaning people that are not inclined to follow us because they want to know about us does not necessarily help us.

Its like mass email that is unsolicited. Those that do not opt in to receive it just ignore it, so its pointless. And so when you market, leads are not generated by quantity rather by the quality. ie extreme niche targeting!

31 Responses to “Forget FB, Tweet”


  1. 1 beshou

    i’m happy i made u a believer!

    now everyone, go spread the gospel and make nolawi happy and follow us on @bern0s… he wants to tweet more :)

  2. 2 Ephrem

    Oh yah the power of twitting!!! The other day I twitted something about PEPCO and after three days someone from PEPCO (@PepcoConnect) responded. I still have no idea how they got it.

    So anyways follow me @Blencorp.

  3. 3 Mek

    Twitter is so lame, its going to be the opposite effect of the graph in about 10 months, all the people signing up will forget about it…at least one can hope

  4. 4 tsepeaces

    Mek – sorry don’t mean to sound smug but that’s a really outdated comment. even google (buzz) and facebook are trying to copy twitter cos of the competition…

  5. 5 tsedey

    here’s an articly by NYtimes on popularity of twitter verses other social networking media.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/technology/internet/26twitter.html

    These two quotes below reflect my views on twitter. I have an account but i wasn’t sold on the idea of letting the world know what am doing, eating, watching or whatever else i do to pple i do or don’t know. i feel like i’m missing out on life while twitting about it. hence twitter is irrelevant for me. however, i see it works wonders for small businesses and artists and others.

    “Many people use it for professional purposes — keeping connected with industry contacts and following news,” said Evan Williams, Twitter’s co-founder and chief executive. “Because it’s a one-to-many network and most of the content is public, it works for this better than a social network that’s optimized for friend communication.”

    “… I don’t feel like everyone needs to know what I’m doing every second of my life,”

  6. 6 ep

    Craaaap!!! 50 Million time wasting tweets per day!

    mind you, if you follow a couple of popular once, you will end up getting a tweet every second and you have to be sitting idle reading and responding to all of them.

    My 2010 resolution was to minimize that and i already deleted my FB account. I forgot about closing tweeter, now i’ll do that. Thanks!!

    Just reading blog posts such as from Bernos and some few other once in a while is enough for my life

  7. 7 Nolawi

    As long as you dont blacklist bernos… we are happy!

  8. 8 ep

    Nolawi,
    I don’t want to miss some of the outstanding posts here..

    However, I also like to say, it is better to focus to few who really appreciate and understand what you are trying to do rather than to advertise to millions who will never get it.

    I don’t really believe the social network will continue like this. Hopefully we’ll see a change of paradigm to few circles and groups than having 1000 friends network

  9. 9 winta

    awhat do you tweet about???? tweeeeeeeeeetttttttttt………

  10. 10 winta

    what do you tweet about???? tweeeeeeeeeetttttttttt………

  11. 11 winta

    Yilik Tweethin tewina Ato Nolawi, I need one xs made in Merkato, roots and bikila’s t-shirt please. It has been sold out for how long?? Mr. tweet guy?? It seems like you tweet a lot and that means you have a lot of time in your hands so can you please order those t-shirts for me?? thank you.

    regards,

  12. 12 Nolawi

    consider the new tees… those are sold out and retired.

  13. 13 temelkach

    lol..who said africans have problems expressing themselves…?

  14. 14 helen

    Mek wrote:

    …. its going to be the opposite effect of the graph in about 10 months, all the people signing up will forget about it…

    I agree. Something “new and exciting” maybe ChatRoulette or something will come along and it will be replaced and somebody will blog about it saying “Forget twitter, do _____”

  15. 15 Eyob

    It is so hard to keep up with these social network sites. I recently came a cross a social network site for Ethiopians called http://www.bunaa.com . Wow. I was astonished with the standard. I hope they become successful as Twitter and facebook.

  16. 16 Aseffa,A.

    ‘I’m sitting on my porch’ tweet
    ‘I’m fenna drop a load, but some foo been there for a minute now’ tweet.
    ‘I’m sitting next to flight marshal..’tweet.

    facebook

    fan club for the ‘situation’. Everytime the ‘situation’ utter a word ‘situation’, fan members take a shot.

    A lady blow her husband’s cover on a facebook. Apparently he was British spy.

    A lady lost her unemployment paycheck because the picture she posted on facebook. Apparently she supposed to be in depression not having fun on some beach and drinking pina colada.

    What happened to the good old emailing culture ?

    However, both tweeting and facebook are just control mechanism for the mass. At least, I believe so.

  17. 17 Eyob

    Is it true that http://www.bunaa.com is set up by Kassy Kebede, husband of Liya Kebede? Does anyone have any info?

  18. 18 basha

    Eyob I went through bunaa.com the site it is cool, I like the name o the site. I have registered, i it is owned Liya Kebede we should support it.

  19. 19 basha

    Eyob I went through bunaa.com and I agree it very pleasant site, I like the name bunaa. I have registered. If it is owned by Liya Kebede we should support it.

  20. 20 endalc

    ok please tel me .how to caan get that .rejestretion.form. because .i went .to do jest like.you .i went ask . hem .somthnig .i think at this time she is not present .in ethiopia .so how is get .addriss .of .QWeen .of ethiopians.miss.aida kebede
    can you sent here .
    thank you

  21. 21 basha

    endalc go to “Create a world” then register

  22. 22 endalc

    .thank youso much you .because .u are incerege me .to regester .to wilfer of .miss aida cebede . but .i doent know how to get this oportuinity.

  23. 23 Samual Shula

    BTW keep up the good site.

  24. 24 Why another one?

    ahhh have we not passed that time where we install an open source code to create a social networking site? i have seen about enough, and most existed for about two to three months! So what is the point?

    I checked bunaa…hmmmmm very low in content, and not appealing visualy. And I seriously doubt if Kassa Kebede owns it. I am sure he is got other better things to do.

    I think i will keep my Facebook.

  25. 25 Sahale

    Do you know of a place to get a really nice twitter layout?

  26. 26 Cutter

    Everywhere I go someone is talking about twitter, from CNN to blogs to my friends…twitter twitter twitter

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