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RT This! The Twitter Manifesto 2023

Posted By: Randy GageFebruary 27, 2009

Editor Note: Back in the OG days of Twitter, it was my number one medium for business development and brand building.  Unlike Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms at the time, Twitter attracted critical thinkers, tech visionaries, and other entrepreneurs.  These people were builders who enjoyed the intelligent discourse, mutual networking, and brainstorming you could only find at Twitter. You could mastermind ideas with the Twitterverse and participate in on-on-one interactions with some of the most fascinating, brilliant, and generous people on the planet.  No one accused you of being a godless communist for discussing your product or service, provided your feed didn’t devolve into a pitchfest of self-promotion.  Unfortunately, as Garyvee likes to say, marketers eventually fuck up everything...

As the platform started attaining critical mass, it began attracting hucksters and a lot of tourists, tire kickers, and posers.   But it still provided an experience you couldn’t find anywhere else in the known universe.  So, in 13 BE (Before Elon), I wrote this snarky blog post about how as a community we could beat back the forces of evil and keep Twitter as a shining beacon of hope in the cesspool that was social media.  Since Elon bought the joint and is now either:

  1. Restoring free speech, performing engineering miracles, and saving humanity…
  2. Destroying free speech, retweeting Nazis, and drowning kittens…

So, since humor is now allowed on Twitter again, I’ve updated the post to reflect the changes and present the completed revised….

Twitter Manifesto 2023

What you’re about to read will now become the official rules governing conduct on the platform.  If you’re wondering what qualifies me to decree these rules, rest assured that I will be following the same process Elon himself uses to make decisions about policy changes.  It’s a very complex, sophisticated procedure involving computer algorithms, AI, and machine learning. Quantified in layperson’s terms, this process can best be described as, “Because I said so.”

The types of profiles you’re about to read are the people ruining the neighborhood on Twitter.  Please.  Do not be one of these people.

1) The TMI Guy

Information is valuable and we jump on Twitter to get more of it.  But there is such a thing as too much information.  The TMI guy (or gal) suffers from the delusion that someone other than their mother is interested in their tedious life of loud desperation. (And they may be overestimating the interest level of their mother.)  They’re the Twitter equivalent of the Valley Girl.  They tweet a steady stream of inane blather from the moment they rise until they mercifully fall asleep with their fingers on the touchscreen.   The typical stream from someone in this category looks like this:

@VacuousTwit Just got up, brushing my teeth

@VacuousTwit BRB, gotta poop

@VacuousTwit Pink t-shirt or blue one? decisions!

@VacuousTwit Fruit Loops, yum!

@VacuousTwit No tweets from Beyonce, bummer

@VacuousTwit Clipping my toenails

@VacuousTwit My cat just spit up a hairball yuck!

@VacuousTwit Anyone see Gossip Girl last night?

By the way, this doesn’t mean your tweets have to be all clinical and businesslike.  We’re interested in learning who you are and what makes you tick.  We really do want to know if the new Will Ferrell movie is as terrible as it looks, if you’re a diehard “GoT” fan, or your mother passed away.  It’s just not necessary to chronicle your vacuuming schedule, Wordle scores, or bowel movements. *

* Please Note: If you are Katy Perry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest, etc. – you are exempt from this rule.  Because we’re so vapid, shallow, and fanatically obsessed with celebrities – we want to know all the minutia in your life, including when you buy batteries, soak your comb, or tweeze your eyebrows.

2) The Top Secret Spy

If we go to your profile page and it has no picture it’s like a billboard proclaiming, “Hi I’m Amish, just here checking out if this computer fad is still going on.”  Even 97-year-old mammies are emailing pix of their great-grandkids FFS. If you don’t know how to upload a photo, ask someone. We want to know who we’re conversing with. Note: Please use a current photo and save that high school yearbook pic for Tinder or Grindr.

Twitter is not LinkedIn where everyone is trolling for a new job, so for your bio, feel free to be a little friendly.  Occupations like “Dog dad, Krispy Kreme addict, software developer and surfer” are okay here.   Initials after your name or titles like “civil engineer” are boring and we’re afraid you might be that Wally guy from Dilbert’s office.   Give us an idea of what you do, and why we might want to network with you.  That doesn’t mean bludgeon us with a sales pitch.  People should be able to take a look at your bio and the first page of your tweets and know they would enjoy following you.

P.S.  What’s with the protected tweets?  If you’re Jack Ryan, James Bond, or someone in the witness protection program – you probably should not be on Twitter.

3) The Codependent Twit

We don’t want to read your tweets begging for more followers because you can’t go to bed until you crack 200 or crying because you woke up to discover three people unfollowed you overnight.

“Alex, I’ll take unresolved childhood issues for $200 please.”  

Listen Boo, if you get your self-esteem from how many Twitter followers you have, you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil asap.  And if you have to award prizes or give bribes to get people to follow you, what’s the point?  The people that respond to these pleas are only looking for someone to talk to in the commercial break between “Judge Judy” and “Storage Locker Wars.”  The whole idea of Twitter is to create a group of people with commonalities and shared interests – not accumulate followers with room temperature IQs.

4) The Food Dude

This poor soul is one of the insular twits that believes the reason Twitter exists is because people want to know what he or she eats for each meal. Following them is kind of like having a one-way conversation with a gourmet idiot savant. A quick look at their tweet stream reveals a page like this:

@FoodDude Pan-fried bacon-wrapped sea trout with rosemary, lemon, and capers

@FoodDude Meatloaf with mango chutney. I’m so excited!

@FoodDude Scrambled eggs Florentine again, think I’m in rut

@FoodDude Rabbit Stroganoff 2nite, my favorite!

The banality of their tweets is matched only by the frequency of their flatulence.

5) Retweet Pete

You’ll know this guy or gal by one look at their page.  You can’t find an original thought there with a search party.  Every tweet they post is a retweet.   Dude, if we want to read what all those other people have to say, we’ll follow them.

By all means, when you think something is valuable, retweet it and share with your followers. Being generous with your retweets makes you one of the shining bright spots on Twitter.  (It’s the new black.) But if we follow you, it’s because we also want to know what you have to say.  These tweeters have a lot in common the next category…

6) The Quote Goat

Okay, I like to read a witty or inspirational quote as much as the next person.  But if your whole stream is cut and pasted from the Encyclopedia of Quotes, it could be better managed by a bot.  The rest of us follow “The Science,” and “The Science” has many double-blind research studies proving that reading too many sweet, inspirational quotes in a row causes cavities.  We follow you to learn what you think. Or in some cases, to confirm that you don’t know how to think. (P.S. Nelson Mandela never actually said that.)

7) The Plagiarizer Twit

This person follows everybody, looking for good content that they then cut-and-paste and send out as if it’s their own.  Usually it's not a copyright issue, just tacky AF.  Plagiarizing tweets leads to plagues, climate change, and monkeypox.

Simply RT people FFS. When you retweet others, they often notice and return the favor.  This puts your message and page in front of hundreds or even thousands of other readers, some who may decide to follow you.  And retweeting good stuff also shows your own followers that you’re interested in providing value, not just building followers so you can DM them hawking your miracle thigh cream.  It also means you’re a good person and will receive your just reward in the afterlife.

8) The Multi-Level Morons

These idiots seem to be multiplying on Twitter faster than Rudy Giuliani can spew conspiracy theories.  They set up an account and think sending their pitch out every three hours is going to build a group.  They’re like a hybrid Jehovah Witness/Amway Distributor/Meth Head.  If you have the misfortune to land on their timeline, it looks like this:

@MLMoron Invest bitcoin and receive 7% a year guaranteed, paid weekly!

@MLMoron Invest Ethereum and receive 10% a year, guaranteed, paid weekly!

@MLMoron We’re now launching our own token, SemenCoin!!! This one is going to the moon!!!!!

@MLMoron Payouts & withdrawals on hold because it appears that the system has been hacked. We’re investigating and expect payouts to resume soon.  Now is your best time to buy more!!!

@MLMoron We’ve hired OJ to find the killers….

If you’re doing this, I promise you that the only people reading your tweets have already bought your shitcoin or sketchy NFT.  Please leave the rest of us alone.

9) The Jihadist  

There are now literally millions of people who have become so bitterly partisan and polarized with extreme ideology that they’ve lost all ability for rational thought.  Their days are spent in a Holy War, as they see anyone on the other side of the political spectrum from them as an enemy of the state.  This makes them susceptible to conspiracy theories so outlandish a second grader could see through them.

Here in the U.S., there are two types of this disease: Woke Lunatics and MAGA Mouth Breathers. (There are different labels in other countries, but it’s the same dynamic.) Their timeline drips exclusively with accusations, grievances, and conspiracy theories.  They’re like the guy who gets an invitation to an orgy but complains about the guacamole.

If you scroll through their pages look something like this:

@FrothingAtTheMouthKook Here’s your daily reminder that [X] should be locked up

@FrothingAtTheMouthKook Good morning to everyone except [X]

@FrothingAtTheMouthKook It’s been 117 days since [X] committed their transgression.  Why haven’t they been impeached yet?

@FrothingAtTheMouthKook New evidence uncovered the [X] is a pawn of [Y]

@FrothingAtTheMouthKook How does [X] explain the fact that they were seen at the same shopping mall as [Y]?

Answer Key:

For Woke Lunatics: [X] = Trump, Carlson, Hannity, or Lindsey Graham.  [Y] = Russia, Nazis, racism, or white supremacy.

For MAGA Mouth Breathers: [X] = Obama, Hillary, Biden, or AOC.  [Y] = Jewish Space Lasers, Caravans at the Border, the War on Christmas, or Drag Queen Story Hour.

10) The Martyr

These poor souls are so insecure and desperate for outside validation, that virtually every tweet they post is a form of virtue signaling.

@SanctimoniousSignaler Good morning to everyone except people who don’t recycle.

@SanctimoniousSignaler I support the current thing.

@SanctimoniousSignaler I would have sent the last tweet sooner, but I stopped to pick up some litter that the guy in front of me dropped.

@SanctimoniousSignaler I see [random CEO] bought a private jet.  Do you have any idea how many whales, rainforests, and tofu burgers we could have saved with that money?

@SanctimoniousSignaler I wear two face masks even when I’m working alone in the lighthouse because I’m trying to protect you.

By all means, use your platform to alert your followers to causes you believe in or right an injustice.  We love that about you. But if your entire stream is you peacocking what a noble, spiritual, and magnanimous person you are – it kinda makes us throw up in our mouth a little.  P.S. Mother Teresa is dead.

11) The Prince(ess) of Darkness

These people know why every new initiative will fail. Instead of a healthy skepticism, they bring downright cynicism to the party. They’re professional victims who use their timeline to find other professional victims who will wallow in victimhood with them.  The latest iteration of this is the “Twitter is dying” cohort.

@PrinceOfDarkness Twitter is dying

@PrinceOfDarkness I’m pretty sure Twitter is going to shut down tonight. Can’t wait to meet you all here tomorrow to talk about it.

@PrinceOfDarkness This is probably my last tweet.  Look for me at Mastodon

@PrinceOfDarkness I can see Elon only wants Nazis on this platform now.  I’ll be moving to Mastodon soon.

@PrinceOfDarkness This is probably my last tweet.  Look for me at Mastodon

@PrinceOfDarkness The Nazis and haters are taking over Twitter. I can’t wait to leave for Mastodon.

@PrinceOfDarkness This is probably my last tweet.  Look for me at Mastodon

@PrinceOfDarkness If this site isn’t here tomorrow, you can find me on Mastodon

@PrinceOfDarkness This is probably my last tweet.  Look for me at Mastodon

Twitter is not a Greyhound bus depot so there is no need to make departure announcements.  Proclaiming that you’re leaving Twitter is like announcing you’re walking out of the free concert at the public library.  No one really cares and it makes you look boujee.  And as for Mastodon…hate to break it to you, but the UI/UX there is equivalent to using those fecal encrusted toilets in the metro station.

12) The Clueless Marketing Guru

These guys should know better, but they don’t.  It’s one of the ironies of Twitter: The fact that there are some very bright marketing people – even alleged Internet marketing gurus – that don’t get Twitter at all.  Here’s the scenario:

Their eyes get big at another chance to hawk their wares.  So they set up a Twitter account, then send an email blast to their database, telling them to follow them.  They get 5,000, 8,000 or 15,000 followers right away.  Then they tweet the link to their sales letter page and see the resulting sales as proof that they’re a brilliant marketing genius who figured out how to monetize Twitter. Then they go into radio silence for three months and surface when they have a new product launch.  What they don’t get is the people that bought are in their regular database and would have bought their shit anyway.

They’re just wasting time, because they aren’t developing relationships or attracting new followers.  In fact, people that do follow them soon realize the only time they get a tweet from them is to pitch something.  Listen, I can shill my latest book with the best of ‘em.  (Buy two.  It makes a great graduation gift, and I need the money.) The best use of Twitter is to engage, speak with your tribe, listen to them, and build more connections.  If you just see it as another email list to pitch, you’re missing the whole point.

13) Exuberant Twitter Journos

Perhaps you saw a tweet or two over Twitter policies on shadow banning accounts, disseminating COVID-19 information, banning former President Trump, censorship, and whether the government was involved.  Fortunately, in the interest of transparency, Elon has brought in some journalists and gave them complete access to your DMs and personal information to sort this all out. Jajajajaja, just kidding! (I hope.)

Since then, these journalists been publishing some EXTENSIVE, THOROUGH, DETAILED, WIDE-RANGING, COMPREHENSIVE, ALL-INCLUSIVE, BROAD, FAR-REACHING, SIZABLE, COMPLETE, EXPANSIVE behind-the-scenes exposes on what took place, when, and with who.  These exposes are being published first on Twitter, scooping the legacy media outlets. Unfortunately, when this crack commando staff of reporters report their findings on Twitter, there is an element missing that you find in legacy media outlets.  That element is known as an “editor.”

Which of these tweets is not like the others?

@FamousSubstackJournalist THREAD: THE TWITTER FILES FORTY-SEVEN

HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE

1/208


@FamousSubstackJournalist There was much debate between two different factions at Twitter on how to handle COVID-19 misinformation.  198/208

@FamousSubstackJournalist This debate led to a heated argument about which conference room they should meet in to discuss the matter. 199/208

@FamousSubstackJournalist As you can see by the messages we uncovered in the company Slack channel, the two sides also couldn’t decide whether to order anchovies on the pizza they were planning to order for lunch. 200/208

@FamousSubstackJournalist The New York Post wanted to publish a research study which showed that males between the ages of 21-45 who took the Pfizer vaccine had their penises fall off.  But the FBI and CIA kidnapped @Jack’s daughter and threatened to sell her to the Taliban in Afghanistan if all tweets regarding the study weren’t shadow banned.  201/208

@FamousSubstackJournalist The day after links to the research study were shadow banned, the company cafeteria served lobster mac ’n’ cheese for the first time.

Listen journos, thanks for bringing these sketchy practices to light.  But you’re not getting paid by the tweet to write this shit and we ain’t getting paid by the tweet to read it.  So let’s leave War and Peace to Tolstoy and not bury the lede.  #KThanksBye

Won’t you join me and help make the 13 terminally boring categories above a thing of the past? We can restore not only free speech, but intelligent speech to the world.  Simply tap dance on those share buttons below to send this message of hope, healing, and Twitter snark to all those who need it. And if you’re not currently following me in the land of the blue bird, you can rectify that injustice here. Do it now because all the cool kids are doing it.

Working together, we can restore peace, order, and prosperity to the Twitterverse!

- RG

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186 comments on “RT This! The Twitter Manifesto 2023”

  1. Randy ~

    I can always count on you to make me laugh out loud while I absorb what you are teaching. For this, I thank you.

    Oh, and ditto re 'needing the money.'

    To your continued success,
    ~Sue

  2. Hi Randy
    OK - I give in! You have convinced me that Twitter really IS a good idea for business users. So far I have resisted the suggestion from my brilliant geek son-in law, and even from enlightened ones in my networking group, but I generally trust your recommendations, so here goes. I will be a follower very soon.
    Many thanks for the heads up.
    Jane Rubin

  3. ROTFLMAO!!

    Wonderful post, Randy!

    I DO have to ask, since this post was noticably more "dope" than usual, and you did reference your "need" for money twice (worse than an F-Bomb), how hard DID you party before posting? 😉

    Not that it affected the quality at all - in fact it was a GREAT post!!

    Of course, that may be my own projection as a result of a few "girly" drinks.

    *AHEM*

    Thanks again for the insights & value!!

    -David (HomeGuy on Twitter)

  4. I don't know about you catching your breath, I need to catch mine before I go off and Re-Tweet your post that got me here in the first place - HAH!
    Great post, thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I may be 'the reply guy' sometimes 🙂

  5. Great article Randy!

    If you are looking for one more, you can add 8) The Stalker. That's the person who pulls you up on Twitter, goes to your web site, adds you on Facebook, adds you on Myspace, finds you on LinkedIn, sends you an email, calls your office number, calls your cell phone, hits you up on Skype and then finally, you pull up to the house and they are waiting on your doorstep!

  6. Randy,,,,you and I must meet some day.

    Ivan Sisco tells me I"m his biggest fan!

    If you're ever in Vancouver, BC,,,,I hope you'll give me a heads up.

    I love your stuff and I belive I could introduce you to some stakes out here

    When I say stakes,,,I mean,,,,,we all need to meet some people all over the globe who are stong enough and have anough influence to help us carry out our mission.

    I have a special bond with some people out here who may be able to help you stake your territory.

    At the very least....I would love to meet you and hear one of Randy's all night long rants!

  7. Well Randy,

    I was wondering when you were going to get into tweetie land. And good that you are there now. me tooo I'm also learning. I can't seem to decide if I should autofollow everyone or not. I mean some people's opinion just plain doesn't interest me. Okay now I'm being a bitch....

  8. Awesome post!

    You crack me up! Thanks 🙂

    BTW - Whats a DM? From here: It comes from childhood, when mommy dearest locked them in the closet with nothing but DMs.

    Off to retweet!

  9. That made ME need to take a deep breath! When you roll - you roll hard n fast! And to see(&read)how you've embraced the SocialMedia (ppt's&webinars etc) and in ViperHyper speed n laser focus is freaking awesome! I'll be certain to retweet this to all my footdragging neophytes. Way 2 go! Best. TJ

  10. Hi Randy,

    I'm still asking myself, "How did I get from here to there?"

    I would have to say it was from reading Randysrants to following you on Twitter??

    I do enjoy the humor!! We need it! Thanks, Randy, and now I can't believe I joined Twitter.

  11. Very cool and as always you're right on the money. Funny thing is I did a Hub Page about the very same stuff yesterday. I think you must be following me on Twitter? (LOL)

  12. Hi Randy, great post. I checked your tweetstream.... correct me if I´m wrong, but seems like a third of it are private replies... do you suffer the ReplyGuy malady you write about? 🙂

  13. funny but there is a thread on http://www.asmallworld.net about this very subject, I posted your blog link there, maybe they can learn from you.

    I have to laugh each time I read your blog as you use real words and are so honest that it is almost hard to believe.

    Kepp rolling...DOG!

  14. Great Blog!!!! Hilarious! I briefly heard about Twitter but brushed it off as another networking site that allows me to find friends from 23 years ago that the only thing we have in common today is the weather or the fact that the milk in our fridges have the same expiration date.

    That being said, I joined Twitter immediately after reading your rant. Thanks for that. Now i have to sit here and get a grasp all the language created by Twitter so i could make it work for me.

    I would like to start with "retweet"ing so i could get the word out to my friends. HELP!

    I changed my status on facebook to i am exploring Twitter and my friends emailed me asking what it was about. I posted a link to your rant. There must be a better way to do it. HELP!

  15. THANKS! Awesome information...just getting started on twitter and I understand this so much more clearly now. Can't wait to RT this to some other newbies I've met!

    Heather

  16. Randy,

    Your comments continue to amaze me you must wear rose colored glasses about the proprietary Suspension Gel Technology formula (Your personal company that you represent) and all you can do is single out the nutritional beverage industry in your blogs.

    If you opened your eyes and see the BS from @MLMoron Suspension Gel Technology (Adverts/Tweets) from your represented company you would say what a bunch of Morons as well (NO you would not put your company/product down).

    With that said wake up Gage and look at the volumes of business that is being transacted in the nutritional beverage industry;
    Noni - over a BILLION Dollars in sales per year (10 year old company)
    MonaVie - over a BILLION Dollars in sales per year (4 year old company)
    XanGo - over a 700 MILLION Dollars in sales per year (8 year old company)

    Now lets look at the company you represent;
    Agel - Just over a 100 MILLION Dollars in sales per year (4 year old company) and to note NO ONE thinks the technology really works or they would have copied the Patient Pending idea.

    So Gage pull your head in and write information that is open to the whole MLM industry and send it out or if it's a "jungle juice" (your words) bash just send it to your @MLMoron (Agel list).

    This information is my personal feelings and if any one else agrees comment on it as well.

    Take care

    Rob Horkings
    MonaVie Distributor

  17. Thank you Randy, it's always a pleasure to read you, so much fun while it's all true. I even learned a few things lol And I know you need the money so yes I passed it on both on Twitter and FB, make sure you write me down in your legacy ;-

  18. That is the best move Randy, I will support you no matters what because YOU got the best educational system which is the best in the whole world according to me as I have been with is for year and YOUR educational program have motivated me to be who I am Today.

    VIVA RANDY GAGE VIVA!!!!!!!

    Don't worry this is how we salute people who do grate jobs in South Africa

  19. Randy,

    Brilliant. Thanks.

    Complimenting your twittersheep & retweetist recommendations I'd like to add a couple of services that I use for two reasons, 1 - convenience but, of greater importance, 2 - trackability. There are a number of short URL creators out there following in the footsteps of tinyurl.com but the one I've adopted is called http://cli.gs - it marries short URLs with analytics and it also allows me to create custom short URLs (e.g., cli.gs/gage1). The beauty of this is that I can track what's interesting to my followers when I post a tweet that incorporates a link. Obviously this information then informs what I tweet about (and blog, etc.) because, by their clicks, my users have voted on the value I'm providing (or not). Their are a number of these analytics + URL shorteners out there so look around if you'd like.

    The other service is http://www.twitpic.com. More people know about this but, again, it gives me a convenient way to post pictures to my tweets + it gives me a very quick gauge of the interest I've generated from those pics.

    Twitter and socmedia in general are all about adding value. What better way to determine how we're doing than paying attention to how our followers vote by tracking their clicks.

    Now, about that thigh cream...

    Tweeting at http://www.twitter.com/tomjgray

  20. Hi Randy,

    I came across this page because someone else RT'd it, and then I did the same because I thought it was great. Someone has to say this stuff! I'm sure we're all guilty of a little banality in our Tweets, but most people can recognise a genuine moment of normailty versus the constant spamming of "OMG click here and you'll make millions" type thing.

    I'm now following you as I found this most useful, informative and entertaining - and surely that's as good an endorsement as one could want?!

    Thanks,

    Nikki
    (Minxywitch on Twitter if you're interested!)

  21. Here's another thought to all you replyers who jumped on the twitter bandwagon once Randy recommended. List your twitter address (mines http://www.twitter.com/tomjgray). I'm interested in following anybody who's smart enough to follow the Randy Gage's of the world (shameless suckup alert). I'm now following:

    http://twitter.com/davidLfinch
    http://twitter.com/homeguy
    http://twitter.com/davidLfinch
    http://www.twitter.com/davecane
    http://www.twitter.com/aron_parker

    I'm hoping a few will follow me back - assuming I add value to their tweet stream.

  22. Rob, it's interesting that -- out of that entire blog post -- the only thing that you felt worth of commenting on was Randy's use of a "jungle juice" product in an example.

    Is that really all you got out of this entire post?

    Relax...one of the reasons MLMers are fun to poke fun at is because many of them are incapable of poking fun at themselves. 🙂

    If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it! Relax, have fun!

    Tony Rush

  23. Randy, it seems like only yesterday that I was trying (unsuccessfully) to convince you that the Internet had a future. You responded that you'd get involved with the web when you could see how to make some $$$ from it... and you didn't see that happening anytime soon. You refused to even get an email account.

    Now the world has turned upside down --- black is white, up is down, and you are telling me that I should be a Twitter Critter instead of just a twit. I am humbled.

    But you saw the light, and so can I. I hereby vow to be Tweeting (hopefully relatively sin-free) within 48 hours!

    Awesome post, Randy! Thanks!!
    --jim

  24. Great post, Randy. I think my own personal pet peeve is The Reply Guy. Twitter isn't really set up to be able to follow a lengthy conversation easily (although it can be done)...so it's annoying to look at the Timeline and see half of a conversation. Or worse, half of a dozen conversations.

    Funnily enough, this seems to be compounded by some of the marketing gurus who seem to take care of doing all their "Reply Guy" stuff once a day. Suddenly the "Favorites" timeline on your Tweet Deck is full of one person who's basically spent 5 minutes making a dozen or more of these "half-conversations". Ick.

    Still, I don't know what the solution is. DM only works if you follow someone....and Twitter's usability is decreased when you simply follow everyone who follows you. So, DM isn't always the answer either.

    Great article!

    Tony Rush

  25. AWESOME post! I, too, have made money using Twitter but, as you say, it can't be a direct sales push; you have to give folks some real value and information.

    I'd just like to add that people new to Twitter should really take the time to search special groups and interests using hashtags, as this can really expand your network, and connect you with people who have your same interests. (A hashtag is the "#" symbol, and helps Twitter categorize posts.) That way if you're interested in, say, success, you can do a Twitter search for "#success" and get all the recent posts about success. Same thing with just about any category. (Example: if you want to read all the latest tweets about cooking, you can go to search.twitter.com, and , once there, enter "#cooking. You will get a list of all the posts where folks have tagged their entries with "#cooking.")

    There are so many other little tricks and tidbits to using Twitter that I hope you all take some time to really explore them.

    Now go RT @Randy_Gage because he's such a "tweetheart" !! 🙂

  26. Great post Randy!

    Not only was it filled with some great tips, but it was also very entertaining!

    I've already retweeted it and am proud to help you in your quest to help save the universe. 🙂

    Cheers!

    Jit

  27. Oh Horkypoo

    If you don't have something nice to say....ummmm...well... go play somewhere else. We have enough issues in MLM with people going against us...why not try to get along and not bash companies directly. RG was being silly and you took it as a chance to lash out. It makes you look bad not anyone else. Come on man smile like Mr. Rush said. You will feel better.

    Great post Randy. Will Re-tweet the original tweet...um..or something 🙂

    Keep rocking and rolling 🙂

  28. Great stuff. I knew there must be some guidelines but didn't know what they were. Mr. Fire, Joe Vitale's tweet about you sent me here, Randy. You're all freakin' brilliant.

    I'm probably breaking a rule by not making Mr. Fire's link live here, but I don't know how.

    Thanks, again, Randy.

  29. Randy,
    Once again you have succeeded in educating, inspiring, amusing and informing us all at once.
    This post is going into my archive file to be retweeted and linked back to each time I meet someone new to Twitter.
    You are very much appreciated, and thank you for being just exactly as you are.
    Regards,
    Jacqui
    PS I would be thrilled if you followed me too twitter.com/jacquelinegates

  30. Web 2.Oh Oh and Anti-Social Media... Gah!

    Problem is (besides the rank- as in bad smelling- amatures and moneytizing mountebanks) all the folks offering and taking "short cuts," such as "How to make your book an Amazon best-seller" (for one hour).

    Twitter, Facebook, et al and all is about AUTHENTIC relationshipping and exchanging value. Pitch me without it at your peril!

    Thanks for THE BEST explkain (and expose) of "The Truth About Twitter" so far RG.

    You know I appreciate you!

  31. I LOVE THIS! @360chick (that means integrated media!, undying passion)..BRAVO! For me, the piece however that is missing tho is the EXCHANGE...where is the SOCIAL in that? There is a great deal of posting of soapboxes and opinions, but where is the interaction? Your sins are indeed deadly in my eyes! Hope you have impact, so I posted you in my tweet.

  32. I have to agree with you. Randy's article is brilliant & I've been with Amway 15 years & have a great professional self image today partly from studying Randy's materials. I just chuckle when I read stuff like an Amway distributor on crack. Yeah so Amway is the biggest (8.2 billion last year) & unfortunately for years didn't train their reps in professionalism but they've changed that. Regardless I don't take it personally. Randy didn't sign his post Agel Distributor because he understands the universal law of reciprocity & knows it will come back to him. There's a time & place to post company info but that's not here. The problem with most companies is they don't plug their newest reps into a professional training program that will teach them to represent the industry professionally & bust their chops when they do it unprofessionally. The thing that most excited me when Amway decided to go back to using their name instead of Quixtar is they agreed to provide better products that were more cost effective & provide professional training online that reps are encourged to take. Truth is for whatever reason Mr. Horking & Randy had a falling out in Agel. Rob used to be a diamond in Agel but has moved on. So be it people move on from companies all the time. Why does this industry have to be a platform for religious devotees to their companies. Can't we all be professionals. It's probably not the best practice to sew the seed to sew ripping on Amway or jungle juice (by the way I wouldn't even have thought Randy was talking about MonaVie when he said that) because the universe is still keeping score, but you gotta admit 'be right back I gotta take a poop' is hilarious!
    Thanks Randy for keeping the dream alive!
    Dan

  33. Hey I found a new site for @Stalker - check out brightkite.com you can find people who are within a city block of you that are also logged into the site! I can see it now. Are you Bob? Hey Bob you wanna make some money? LOL! Great stuff Randy. Thanks for your service to the industry.

  34. Brilliant Randy as Allways

    This is by far the best education for twitter and the basics rules to folllow.
    I do feel simpathise with you needing all this money LOL 🙂

    You have not changed from when we met in amsterdam totaly dedicated to prosperity if you have not allready check out randys books http://bit.ly/q4egg
    i have retweeted as i think it is well worth it.
    Hows the Aston holding out?
    take care john
    http://twitter.com/johnrawnsley

  35. What A Good Article About Twitter - it's a great tool if used properly and the only pity is that a large number of people don't. Maybe this article will reduce that number by a few ... hope so

    Best wishes

    Will
    whata.info

  36. Dear Randy,

    I had the pleasure to stumble upon your post while kindly retweeted by Joe Vitale (@MrFire).

    Not only I love and perfectly agree with your Twitter philosophy, but I didn't hesitate a split second to share your post with my Twitter followers.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog wisdom in the very next future.

    Warmly,
    Chantal

  37. I have been doing lots of self educating with your materials. I really don't have any words that can describe how great your products are!!! I have registered for your tele-seminars, and one thing that I personally like is you are unique!!( In a good way) Everything you say is from within you. There are many people out there who read your stuff and then try to be the next Randy Gage. When I am listening to your audio cd's or reading your books I have a very hard time putting them down. I have learned many things, and will continue to learn and educate myself. I must say, I listened over and over to your prosperity album. I have also read your 5 books on prosperity over 3 times before I could move on. This was my personal favorite, I think it should be manditory for everyone to read those books and listen to the album!!! The world we live in would be a much better place. Very few people actually live by the laws of prosperity, if fact I think very few people understand it!!!! I still catch myself thinking in" lack consciousness" I am able to identify it and correct my thinking now. I can honestly say within 1week of practicing the laws of prosperity we had many good things start happening in our lives, it is so powerful!!!! I will be signing up for twitter and creating a profile for myself. I will practice the tips you have given on twitter. Thank-you for providing everyone with valuable information.

    Marnie Harrison

  38. I do like this post, it covers much of how I approach Twitter, and have seen covered elsewhere, but it's all in one neat package. I am new to your info (thanks to @sSherylRoush), but not new to Twitter.

    What I really like about it, is it breaks things down for the NEW twitter user, helping to clear up some of the "how to's." This is a part of my online PR niche - translating tech talk into plain English for non-techies; glad to see more people out here with that in mind.

    One thing I have found that helps the true twitter newbie is to remind them to click on the @replies tab and the direct message (DM) tab each time they login. This is how people interact with you; it is not obvious to many folks. And to send a reply, hover over a tweet, and click the gray arrow and type away after their name.

    As for the end of #5, in the interest of sharing original sources (as you suggest above), @BrianSolis is the origin of the phrase/concept "120 is the new 140" idea, that if you stop typing a 'tweet' with 20 characters left, that allows room for others to retweet your post more easily. His blog post offers another similar POV from a long-time tweeter:
    http://www.briansolis.com/2009/02/finding-tweet-spot-top-tips-for.html

    One more thing - those funny #GNO (what twitter folks call #hastags) are short cuts for common topics that people use to indicate that a tweet is related to a topic or event; #GNO means Girls Night Out and was started by @momitforward on Tuesday nights. Check it out.

    http://www.twitter.com/CathyWebSavvyPR

    PS - Randy - if you want to increase the number of tweets, diggs and stumbles for your posts, why not use the plugin that automates it - @ me for details

    I found your "please digg, Facebook, tweet, stumble my post...I need the money" - strikingly similar to the tone of folks who say - I need 5 more followers to reach 300. I'm only sayin' 😉 BTW, I don't mind the "help me get to a # tweets" that much - especially for new folks - admit it, it is part of the fun of being new on twitter. If it's from a spammer - that different.

    Hope you don't mind me tweaking you, you have great info here.

  39. Randy:

    Wonderful piece that the datasphere should pay attention to.
    So this is the new Seven Deadly Sins (Twiitter style). I'll be happy to
    "hook you up"! BTW what does your cat eat? Caviar?

  40. Great post, love the "twitter" types...

    I struggle with the "innane" nonsense too...but try to balance some fun personal thoughts & insights that get people engaged w/ great content, and sharing other RT's from cool twitter peeps.

    Seems like its a fun game/obsession now...what will get the twitter peeps involved?

    Thanks Randy!

    Melanie Benson Strick
    @melcoach on twitter!

  41. PS - One minor detail:

    If you're not following someone on Twitter, don't be surprised if their replies are in their public stream. Twitter doesn't allow DMs to people who do not follow you . . .

    If you are a "minimalist" follower, get TweetDeck to filter your stream.

    -David

  42. hmmmm guess its like one of your top income earners that has 0 volume in his lesser leg yet gets paid 100 grand a month...

  43. If you're looking to grow your business on Twitter and you don't want to be a pest, that's one thing. But if you're tweeting just for fun and personal fulfillment, as many of us are, I humbly suggest a different point of view of "how to Twitter." In fact, it's an anti-manifesto, an un-guide for new users, "Steal This Twitter": http://pfunn.com/?p=439.

  44. Tony and Wes,

    I agree the Blog is fantastic as like all Gage's training... But it comes a time that Gage needs to get off his high horse and face the FACTS about the nutritional beverage industry in his Blogs instead of bashing the industry. It will forever in his life out sell the GEL industry by billions every year!

    Take care

    Rob Horkings
    http://www.Horkings.com

  45. Far and above the most informative article on twitter I have read. I signed up last fall to connect with @ricksanchezcnn because I watched the show. I was baffled so I didn't log in for months. Now I'm hooked.
    The best thing for those who know is to continue to teach those that need to learn. In the meantime, tolerance will save your sanity.

  46. Great blog! I read a recent post "Facebook is soooo 2008". I enjoy both. Facebook and Twitter offer different options but for me, Twitter is fantastic especially with Twitter Search and suits my style of disseminating info. This month's Fast Company Mag (one of my favs!) listed Twitter on the list of top Web 2.0 to watch for 2009 so right on, Randy! Thanks for the good info. BTW: found your blog on my friend, Bob Burg's blog.

  47. Dan,

    Re your comment: Mr. Horking & Randy had a falling out in Agel.

    Randy and I did not have a falling out, I left Agel because of their (Agel's) Global Operational Issues my friends were getting NO products delivered and their credit cards being changed 2, 3 and some cases 6 times on their order values..

    So you know the Agel business was in only Nicky's(my wife) name, so because I up and left Agel they decided that she had to go as well and then Agel terminated her and kept her $50,000 per month RESIDUAL income...

    Now with that said she is in court right NOW fighting to get the residual income back, it is just the principle of the matter from the way Agel terminated before asking a leading distributor what is going on...

    Anyway time will tell so keep your eye on the legal matters happening with Agel.

    Take care,

    Rob Horkings

  48. Great article and full of information I will use. However, and I may not be the first to point this out, (but in case I'm not) Al Gore did not invent the internet. Even Al Gore says he did not invent the internet. It's one of those urban legends that gets passed around. I chuckled over some of your comments. How true they are!

  49. A lot of people seem to view MLM as a consumer club, and perhaps rightly so, if it's true that 80% of the volume is consumed by distributors and not "traditional" customers.

    A lot of people also feel that MLM products are somewhat hyped to justify the pricing etc., no matter how “unique and exclusive” they might be.

    Someone asked me: "If it's that good, why don't they do it themselves?" referring to the people actually working in the MLM company as employees, including the CEO etc. Hmmm...

    Twitter? I’d perhaps rather be the founder of it…

  50. Good stuff RG. Usually I'm pretty quiet in the morning, but you made me release a loud cackle that woke up my fiancee.

    I really haven't been doing anything on Twitter, but this time I'll give it more attention! Thanks.

  51. Randy, many of us are trying to figure out how to use Twitter and other social media platforms as business development tools. Thanks for sharing with us your experience walking down the path of learning.

    You are probably very right about Twitter being a great tool for connecting with your tribe. I certainly hope it will help me connect with my tribe of Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs.

    Over the past week, I have been compiling a list of Twitter tips. Your article had some very new and useful comments that I plan to pass along. Thanks so much.

    Shallie Bey
    Smarter Small Business Blog for busi

  52. Randy, as usual, you get right to the point. That's what I love about you! This posting is packed with information on the do's and don'ts of Twitter. It has gotten me thinking of how be more of a contributor.

    Thanks Randy!

    Donna

  53. So funny, Randy. I am only a week old on Twitter, so of course I saw myself in your list of Twitter offenders. Thanks for straightening me out. Looking foward to your next telecast on Tuesday 3/3. I will RT.

    Quick story. I received a Twitter follower and clicked on his Website to check him out. When it opened, I nearly fell off my chair. The audio loaded before the images and the booming voice shocked me. I imagine it was one of those lead capture pages. Not sure since the page totally locked up my computer. How annoying. I had to reboot.

  54. Hi Randy.
    Thats a lovely article. Am definitely trying it out. Am from Kenya in Africa and we are not very advanced technology- wise. This though is a bomb and i believe it will explode my business.

  55. Randy, Some good ideas and thoughts on using Twitter.

    The "I need the money" better be with a 😉 cause you need it like an eskimo needs more ice.

    Craig A

  56. Thanks Randy for this information.
    I'ts just what I needed to understand the workings of 'tweetspeak'.
    I will be passing this on to all those who think that business is no FUN! I just couldn't stop laughing!

  57. Dear Per, it is a world of change and we can either change
    with it, or try not to change... or change the world!

  58. Quote from your post: "I can’t count how many times I get a follow and click through to their page to see if I should be following back and get nothing. No picture, no bio, not even the city they live in. " Well you pass on one of those - you have a photo. Your bio - that would be a 'fail whale' - those who know you already, are likely to follow you, but those not 'in the know' - may pass you by? and no city where you live, nor even nearest metro area. You Do have a link to your website - which is crucial. Again, hope you don't mind the tweak - you asked for input at the end of your post.

  59. Thanks, Randy!
    I'm new in Twitter and this post is so helpful.

    You are my teacher during several years.
    I appreciate you.

  60. I wasn't referring to change. Those were simply statements I have heard, mainly inspired by the Agel-Amway-MonAvie intriguing triangle drama posted above.

    Perhaps Ann Sieg isn't so wrong after all in that it for example is as much politics etc. in MLM as anywhere else, hidden behind rose colored glasses perhaps.

    Regarding change I'd say people have to first change themselves rather than just go with the flow. And wouldn't it be great to own something like Twitter? Think about it... For me that's thinking outside the box, which would change the world...

  61. Al sure didn't invent the internet, and not even global warming, but internet was released to the public to have control of what's going on, even though it seems it would be the opposite, but that's the name of the game...

  62. Randy: You always tell it like it is which is why I enjoy reading your blogs, utilizing your webinars, etc. Do you have any plans for putting together a program showing us how to build a successful web site, blog, etc? I'll be the first in line to purchase it if you do. I wish I could join you at your upcoming event in Las Vegas.

  63. I am considering doing a one time program called "Web 2.0, It's the Monetization, Stupid" I'm having a lot of fun with the social media sites and doing the program would be a creative kick. My website is in top 1% of the world and the blog in top 1/2 %, so I really balling with this. There's so much stuff about getting followers, doing blogs, feeds, setting up profiles and stuff, but not many people know how to actually make money with it. Problem is I'm so booked for the rest of the year. If I can sneak in a weekend though I'm going to do it.

    -RG

  64. Randy that was really a great article. You haven't changed a bit still tell it like it is and that's what made it a good article.

  65. Ok ok don't get mad 🙂
    And I'm no Godless comunist so I just joined Twitter and first thing, I've started to follow you.
    The next thing lies in trying to figure out the whereabouts of Twitter.
    Thanks for the precious guidance.
    Greetings.
    Isil.

  66. An enjoyable, informative and witty read. Love your style; wish I could write like that. Thanks SO MUCH for the information. Now I can see how others grade me and why they follow me.

    Keep up the great work.

    This site has my approval and I'm going to FAV it.

  67. GREAT article Randy. For a newbie like me who is just starting to use this social media market it has been a great help. Now I will have to re-read it tomorrow again and put some good points to use. Thanks again!

  68. Randy - Great Post!

    Using your usual mix of humor and raw honestly you have illustrated several excellent points, best and worst practices currently on display in Twitterville. My personal pet peeves are the spammers, the follow you and when you follow me I will un-follow you gamers, the please follow me so I can get to - - - th followers, the I am so important that I am do not follow I am only followed (no one is that important), and perhaps most of all those who never have anything positive to say about other people.

    If newer Twitter users want to witness the Twitter Etiquette of a true Twitter role model they should follow Perry Belcher, Chris Zavadowski, or Joel Comm. These guys are very successful, keep their egos in check, aren't afraid to complement others, and are willing to communicate with members from the entire Twitter pecking order.

    I hope your readers take this to heart - Twitterville will be a better place for it.

    James
    http://Twitter.com/AskJamesHolmes

  69. Loved this and Tweeted the link. Just today, I told a well-known Internet marketer to turn off his "witness protection program." And he did!

    Next, Randy, I'd love to see you discuss specifically *how* you're actually monetizing Twitter.

    Shel Horowitz, author of Grassroots Marketing: Getting Noticed in a Noisy World and six other books

  70. I am fast becoming a Randy Gage fan.
    This is an excellent blog for the newbie AND the seasoned Tweeter.
    Great info that is well written with just the perfect amount of humour.
    Way to go Randy, you ROCK!!!

  71. Just so you know my website is my business site and my other website is http://www.ChocolateNourishment.org again my business.

    I like your straight approach. I used to design, develop, implement, market and assess Leadership Forums in the Arctic. It was fun. I would love to create forums online that are different than what I was used to in 2004 when I graduated with a masters done nearly completely on line.

    Let's get going.
    cindybl

  72. Randy,

    100 years later and I am still learning from you. As usual your are clear, concise and you make my mind go into overdrive. I am going to have to start reading you in the mornings so I can sleep. Thanks for all you do.

    Lisa

  73. Excellent!! Just the job. But before I go.

    With reference to those who were upset with the phrase 'jungle juice' I would suggest you are lucky. Lucky in that for over a decade I was one of those distributors who ran around London wearing a button 'lose weight now - ask me how'. And boy oh boy did I get mad when 'The Gage' did a number on how stupid we all looked. Something stopped my tracking him down and telling him what I thought...when it struck me. It was me who was the fool, it was not so much the button (although looking back it is about as daft as you can get) I was the one who was getting all steamed up over something that was said.

    I was just like one of those first-day-on-the-job distributors who gets all defensive and over reacts to just about everything.

    If that sounds like you then you have missed the point entirely (as did I) but in time you will see the wisdom of jesting and fun for what it really is. Therapy does not normally come this cheaply and a good dose of 'The Gage' is the best therapy in town.

    So, Dr Gage, I thank you for the jesting and the fun over the years as it certainly helped me get over myself and realise that although our product lines are important to us we need to put it into perspective. Its more fun having fun than being evangelical defending ones own merits of their product.

    Gage's humour is golden so don't waste it by getting hung up! Let's be grown up and sophisticated because afterall when the all is said and done - 'gels rule ok'

    http://twitter.com/Russell_Cooper

  74. A friend sent me a link to this post. Hysterical...I will definitely hunt you down and follow you...even if it's just for the laughs! Just kidding...great post.

  75. An alternate POV on #3: Because DMs only work if the other person is following you, the common practice with Twitter has been to always reply "in the open." If nothing else, it's a hassle to DM someone, find out the DM is rejected by Twitter because the person isn't following you and then resubmit the Tweet as an open-air response. Twitter is a cocktail party so DMs have long been limited to truly private information, like contact info.

    However, if the Reply Guy wishes to be an effective Tweeter, he should expand such replies to include the context of the reply. This is also helpful to the recipient as the lack of threading in Twitter makes it easy to forget what someone is replying to.

  76. Randy,

    Thanks for this info. I am a twitter newbie and this is great info. Still looking for one leader with a strong base in Mexico and South America. Opening April 24, 2009...

    Adrian

  77. Amen Randy!

    I made my post for Gotham... I wish there were more marketers like you. You know, the one that tells you what you need to hear versus what you want to hear.

    Keep on keepin' on, YOU ROCK!

    Dave B.

  78. Hi Randy,

    That Really is a good Article "Tweet This! A Twitter Manifesto" with UpperRoom Mindset - Champion Communicators Using Twitter can be made referring to this Content as we Build Our Social Media and Social Networking Skills - A ToolBox Reference for Using Twitter in my humble Thoughts. As I noticed that Copywriting Genius Michel Fortin Did a Retweet of the Content at Twitter, that said to me for sure "Pay Attention". Points well covered and You are really going to Make A Difference With This Blog Content for many I know for sure. Be Blessed always...Peace! Randy, Keep Hope Alive! Stay Tuned.

  79. I remember reading some of your articles in the 90's Randy--in Upline Magazine. I recall you saying that you always looked for ways to get people to come to you (referring to how you prospected).

    When done right, with your Twitter tips in mind, Twitter is just another great way to do that.

    But there's something I'd like to really spotlight here that is an even more valuable benefit people can come away with from Randy.

    Notice how he put a lot of focus and energy into putting this post together. Writing it was the easy part. He had to invest a great deal of time learning how to use Twitter (by DOING it) and observing and interacting and reading up on related topics OVER TIME... before he could ever had provided this nice 'attractive' content piece.

    By doing so he's attracted people to that content, provided real value and that even led me to click on a link that somehow led me to his products!

    Attraction Marketing at its best.

    Pretty easy to understand, eh!
    Mike

  80. Great Content- I actually had not seen the tag cloud capability that was beneficial- I wonder how long it will take us to write a script to do a meme tracker twitter tag cloud in real time- that would have a wow factor - its good to track memes. Randy you spend some time polishing your copy writing and it shows great stuff Dawg thanks for the reply.

  81. I have been laughing out loud (you could easily do stand-up comedy, if ever you tire of your current career!) reading your Manifesto, which is brilliant and helpful, especially for those of us that are new.
    I will definitely RT--the proper way!
    Kathleen

  82. An absolutely uplifting read for a newbie, but not a foolbie!
    So sick of all the numerical/volumic shit being pushed by highly-regarded Twitterers, it just makes sense............ and works in with how I feel about establishing REAL and on-going business relationships. I'm so glad I stumbled across the link that led to you,,,,,,,,, yet I was already following you blindly anyway, in my haste to GET Followers

  83. Thanks for your fantastic overview of twitter. I definitely learned a few tips from the article. I have only been twitter a month so I have been slow to add my comments. After reading your article I have a much better idea of twitter etiquette. Thanks!

  84. My hat's off to you @Randy_Gage! You are entertaining as well as educational. Someone truly worth following! I think I am guilty of every sin at one time or another so now must pay penance lest I be cast into the pit of twell for all of tweeternity.

    Found you by way of RT @ecomind who RT @Mike_Wesely.

    Be Green and Prosper!

  85. i was reading valentina's blog... she has a link to this site about twitter... i am a newbie, absolutely have no idea what i m doing. new to IM, twitter, social marketing (what is that?) but i completely agree with what you said about what ppl shouldn't do in twitter... i don't think others will be interested in when u brust your teeth or when ur cat is going to eat ur meal...

    i m following you now at twitter, looking forward to see more great posts! Thanks.

  86. Honest to GOD! Randy, this is hysterical! Are you on acid? or something legal? Ha! I laughed so hard I was choking. (yes I am easily entertained..)

    Really, thanks. Oh and thanks to Steve Pohlit for tweeting you and reaching me. This was fun.

  87. Totally hilarious, fabulously entertaining and best - really worthwhile content. the @MLMoron drives me up the mast on my neighbor's sail boat. Hope you don't mind but I'm stealing that phrase (credit to you) and posting it cause I love it!

    Thanks Randy Great Blog!

  88. Informative with humor! Thnx for the Twitter Etiquette. I learned a lot!!!

    BTW: I'm following you now and you get a RT on this one!

    You the Man!!!

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  90. Twitter will be a vapor in the wind of the summer of 2009. It doesn't have the traction or staying power that FaceBook does. Too many people already violate these 7 deadly sins making me less prone to use it. I've had a twitter account since the summer of 2007, but when FaceBook opened up it became much more relevant to the people that matter to me: my friends. The concept of Tweets is nice, but FaceBook took the concept and made it 100 times better. If you have to psuedo-program "RT" "DM" "#" for your messages, it will never make it to the masses... and the masses are where you make money. My Tweeting lifespan didn't even last 140 tweets. Too many barrage marketers and spammers and again, people not following the above rules. Not to mention I'd rather keep up with people I know... on FaceBook. So Long Twitter.

  91. I just joined and knew Clark Covington would have interesting people connected to him!

    Excellent article. Have to add ya and Tweet ya!

  92. Thanks! Great info. (and had me laughing!), as I take the plunge to twitter.
    It's great to know how to avoid becoming the TMI guy, the pagiarizer Twit, The Reply guy........ect.

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  101. Hey Randy. Soo funny and so direct. Loved the post. I am not on Twitter but I sure learned a few things about it.
    I think I’m tired of social media ..it just doesn’t interest me. I think of all the positive productive things I can be doing instead of spending time with people telling me how to lose weight after a certain age. How to cook. Etc etc.

  102. This is worth Retweeting :-}

    I am never leaving Twitter, following is the main reason. These are two of the many DM's I have received from around the world;

    "Rena, I attended my first day of therapy today! Thank you for being open about your journey and encouraging everyone to get help and find healing. You are a big part of the reason that I took this step." Female Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

    "I found your TEDx talk, I watched it over and over. Before I watched it, I was going to kill myself. Thank you for sharing your story. I am now helping other male survivors get the help they need. Thank you!" Male Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

  103. I am in another category. I pretty much only go on Twitter to read your posts. 🙂 Great article!

  104. Thanks, just copied your entire article & replaced your name with mine. - RT Pete.

    Just kidding. Love your genious insight and brilliant mind as always. Pure gold.

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    1. Randy ~

      I can always count on you to make me laugh out loud while I absorb what you are teaching. For this, I thank you.

      Oh, and ditto re 'needing the money.'

      To your continued success,
      ~Sue

    2. Hi Randy
      OK - I give in! You have convinced me that Twitter really IS a good idea for business users. So far I have resisted the suggestion from my brilliant geek son-in law, and even from enlightened ones in my networking group, but I generally trust your recommendations, so here goes. I will be a follower very soon.
      Many thanks for the heads up.
      Jane Rubin

    3. ROTFLMAO!!

      Wonderful post, Randy!

      I DO have to ask, since this post was noticably more "dope" than usual, and you did reference your "need" for money twice (worse than an F-Bomb), how hard DID you party before posting? 😉

      Not that it affected the quality at all - in fact it was a GREAT post!!

      Of course, that may be my own projection as a result of a few "girly" drinks.

      *AHEM*

      Thanks again for the insights & value!!

      -David (HomeGuy on Twitter)

    4. I don't know about you catching your breath, I need to catch mine before I go off and Re-Tweet your post that got me here in the first place - HAH!
      Great post, thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I may be 'the reply guy' sometimes 🙂

    5. Great article Randy!

      If you are looking for one more, you can add 8) The Stalker. That's the person who pulls you up on Twitter, goes to your web site, adds you on Facebook, adds you on Myspace, finds you on LinkedIn, sends you an email, calls your office number, calls your cell phone, hits you up on Skype and then finally, you pull up to the house and they are waiting on your doorstep!

    6. Randy,,,,you and I must meet some day.

      Ivan Sisco tells me I"m his biggest fan!

      If you're ever in Vancouver, BC,,,,I hope you'll give me a heads up.

      I love your stuff and I belive I could introduce you to some stakes out here

      When I say stakes,,,I mean,,,,,we all need to meet some people all over the globe who are stong enough and have anough influence to help us carry out our mission.

      I have a special bond with some people out here who may be able to help you stake your territory.

      At the very least....I would love to meet you and hear one of Randy's all night long rants!

    7. Well Randy,

      I was wondering when you were going to get into tweetie land. And good that you are there now. me tooo I'm also learning. I can't seem to decide if I should autofollow everyone or not. I mean some people's opinion just plain doesn't interest me. Okay now I'm being a bitch....

    8. Awesome post!

      You crack me up! Thanks 🙂

      BTW - Whats a DM? From here: It comes from childhood, when mommy dearest locked them in the closet with nothing but DMs.

      Off to retweet!

    9. That made ME need to take a deep breath! When you roll - you roll hard n fast! And to see(&read)how you've embraced the SocialMedia (ppt's&webinars etc) and in ViperHyper speed n laser focus is freaking awesome! I'll be certain to retweet this to all my footdragging neophytes. Way 2 go! Best. TJ

    10. Hi Randy,

      I'm still asking myself, "How did I get from here to there?"

      I would have to say it was from reading Randysrants to following you on Twitter??

      I do enjoy the humor!! We need it! Thanks, Randy, and now I can't believe I joined Twitter.

    11. Very cool and as always you're right on the money. Funny thing is I did a Hub Page about the very same stuff yesterday. I think you must be following me on Twitter? (LOL)

    12. Hi Randy, great post. I checked your tweetstream.... correct me if I´m wrong, but seems like a third of it are private replies... do you suffer the ReplyGuy malady you write about? 🙂

    13. funny but there is a thread on http://www.asmallworld.net about this very subject, I posted your blog link there, maybe they can learn from you.

      I have to laugh each time I read your blog as you use real words and are so honest that it is almost hard to believe.

      Kepp rolling...DOG!

    14. Great Blog!!!! Hilarious! I briefly heard about Twitter but brushed it off as another networking site that allows me to find friends from 23 years ago that the only thing we have in common today is the weather or the fact that the milk in our fridges have the same expiration date.

      That being said, I joined Twitter immediately after reading your rant. Thanks for that. Now i have to sit here and get a grasp all the language created by Twitter so i could make it work for me.

      I would like to start with "retweet"ing so i could get the word out to my friends. HELP!

      I changed my status on facebook to i am exploring Twitter and my friends emailed me asking what it was about. I posted a link to your rant. There must be a better way to do it. HELP!

    15. THANKS! Awesome information...just getting started on twitter and I understand this so much more clearly now. Can't wait to RT this to some other newbies I've met!

      Heather

    16. Randy,

      Your comments continue to amaze me you must wear rose colored glasses about the proprietary Suspension Gel Technology formula (Your personal company that you represent) and all you can do is single out the nutritional beverage industry in your blogs.

      If you opened your eyes and see the BS from @MLMoron Suspension Gel Technology (Adverts/Tweets) from your represented company you would say what a bunch of Morons as well (NO you would not put your company/product down).

      With that said wake up Gage and look at the volumes of business that is being transacted in the nutritional beverage industry;
      Noni - over a BILLION Dollars in sales per year (10 year old company)
      MonaVie - over a BILLION Dollars in sales per year (4 year old company)
      XanGo - over a 700 MILLION Dollars in sales per year (8 year old company)

      Now lets look at the company you represent;
      Agel - Just over a 100 MILLION Dollars in sales per year (4 year old company) and to note NO ONE thinks the technology really works or they would have copied the Patient Pending idea.

      So Gage pull your head in and write information that is open to the whole MLM industry and send it out or if it's a "jungle juice" (your words) bash just send it to your @MLMoron (Agel list).

      This information is my personal feelings and if any one else agrees comment on it as well.

      Take care

      Rob Horkings
      MonaVie Distributor

    17. Thank you Randy, it's always a pleasure to read you, so much fun while it's all true. I even learned a few things lol And I know you need the money so yes I passed it on both on Twitter and FB, make sure you write me down in your legacy ;-

    18. That is the best move Randy, I will support you no matters what because YOU got the best educational system which is the best in the whole world according to me as I have been with is for year and YOUR educational program have motivated me to be who I am Today.

      VIVA RANDY GAGE VIVA!!!!!!!

      Don't worry this is how we salute people who do grate jobs in South Africa

    19. Randy,

      Brilliant. Thanks.

      Complimenting your twittersheep & retweetist recommendations I'd like to add a couple of services that I use for two reasons, 1 - convenience but, of greater importance, 2 - trackability. There are a number of short URL creators out there following in the footsteps of tinyurl.com but the one I've adopted is called http://cli.gs - it marries short URLs with analytics and it also allows me to create custom short URLs (e.g., cli.gs/gage1). The beauty of this is that I can track what's interesting to my followers when I post a tweet that incorporates a link. Obviously this information then informs what I tweet about (and blog, etc.) because, by their clicks, my users have voted on the value I'm providing (or not). Their are a number of these analytics + URL shorteners out there so look around if you'd like.

      The other service is http://www.twitpic.com. More people know about this but, again, it gives me a convenient way to post pictures to my tweets + it gives me a very quick gauge of the interest I've generated from those pics.

      Twitter and socmedia in general are all about adding value. What better way to determine how we're doing than paying attention to how our followers vote by tracking their clicks.

      Now, about that thigh cream...

      Tweeting at http://www.twitter.com/tomjgray

    20. Hi Randy,

      I came across this page because someone else RT'd it, and then I did the same because I thought it was great. Someone has to say this stuff! I'm sure we're all guilty of a little banality in our Tweets, but most people can recognise a genuine moment of normailty versus the constant spamming of "OMG click here and you'll make millions" type thing.

      I'm now following you as I found this most useful, informative and entertaining - and surely that's as good an endorsement as one could want?!

      Thanks,

      Nikki
      (Minxywitch on Twitter if you're interested!)

    21. Here's another thought to all you replyers who jumped on the twitter bandwagon once Randy recommended. List your twitter address (mines http://www.twitter.com/tomjgray). I'm interested in following anybody who's smart enough to follow the Randy Gage's of the world (shameless suckup alert). I'm now following:

      http://twitter.com/davidLfinch
      http://twitter.com/homeguy
      http://twitter.com/davidLfinch
      http://www.twitter.com/davecane
      http://www.twitter.com/aron_parker

      I'm hoping a few will follow me back - assuming I add value to their tweet stream.

    22. Rob, it's interesting that -- out of that entire blog post -- the only thing that you felt worth of commenting on was Randy's use of a "jungle juice" product in an example.

      Is that really all you got out of this entire post?

      Relax...one of the reasons MLMers are fun to poke fun at is because many of them are incapable of poking fun at themselves. 🙂

      If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it! Relax, have fun!

      Tony Rush

    23. Randy, it seems like only yesterday that I was trying (unsuccessfully) to convince you that the Internet had a future. You responded that you'd get involved with the web when you could see how to make some $$$ from it... and you didn't see that happening anytime soon. You refused to even get an email account.

      Now the world has turned upside down --- black is white, up is down, and you are telling me that I should be a Twitter Critter instead of just a twit. I am humbled.

      But you saw the light, and so can I. I hereby vow to be Tweeting (hopefully relatively sin-free) within 48 hours!

      Awesome post, Randy! Thanks!!
      --jim

    24. Great post, Randy. I think my own personal pet peeve is The Reply Guy. Twitter isn't really set up to be able to follow a lengthy conversation easily (although it can be done)...so it's annoying to look at the Timeline and see half of a conversation. Or worse, half of a dozen conversations.

      Funnily enough, this seems to be compounded by some of the marketing gurus who seem to take care of doing all their "Reply Guy" stuff once a day. Suddenly the "Favorites" timeline on your Tweet Deck is full of one person who's basically spent 5 minutes making a dozen or more of these "half-conversations". Ick.

      Still, I don't know what the solution is. DM only works if you follow someone....and Twitter's usability is decreased when you simply follow everyone who follows you. So, DM isn't always the answer either.

      Great article!

      Tony Rush

    25. AWESOME post! I, too, have made money using Twitter but, as you say, it can't be a direct sales push; you have to give folks some real value and information.

      I'd just like to add that people new to Twitter should really take the time to search special groups and interests using hashtags, as this can really expand your network, and connect you with people who have your same interests. (A hashtag is the "#" symbol, and helps Twitter categorize posts.) That way if you're interested in, say, success, you can do a Twitter search for "#success" and get all the recent posts about success. Same thing with just about any category. (Example: if you want to read all the latest tweets about cooking, you can go to search.twitter.com, and , once there, enter "#cooking. You will get a list of all the posts where folks have tagged their entries with "#cooking.")

      There are so many other little tricks and tidbits to using Twitter that I hope you all take some time to really explore them.

      Now go RT @Randy_Gage because he's such a "tweetheart" !! 🙂

    26. Great post Randy!

      Not only was it filled with some great tips, but it was also very entertaining!

      I've already retweeted it and am proud to help you in your quest to help save the universe. 🙂

      Cheers!

      Jit

    27. Oh Horkypoo

      If you don't have something nice to say....ummmm...well... go play somewhere else. We have enough issues in MLM with people going against us...why not try to get along and not bash companies directly. RG was being silly and you took it as a chance to lash out. It makes you look bad not anyone else. Come on man smile like Mr. Rush said. You will feel better.

      Great post Randy. Will Re-tweet the original tweet...um..or something 🙂

      Keep rocking and rolling 🙂

    28. Great stuff. I knew there must be some guidelines but didn't know what they were. Mr. Fire, Joe Vitale's tweet about you sent me here, Randy. You're all freakin' brilliant.

      I'm probably breaking a rule by not making Mr. Fire's link live here, but I don't know how.

      Thanks, again, Randy.

    29. Randy,
      Once again you have succeeded in educating, inspiring, amusing and informing us all at once.
      This post is going into my archive file to be retweeted and linked back to each time I meet someone new to Twitter.
      You are very much appreciated, and thank you for being just exactly as you are.
      Regards,
      Jacqui
      PS I would be thrilled if you followed me too twitter.com/jacquelinegates

    30. Web 2.Oh Oh and Anti-Social Media... Gah!

      Problem is (besides the rank- as in bad smelling- amatures and moneytizing mountebanks) all the folks offering and taking "short cuts," such as "How to make your book an Amazon best-seller" (for one hour).

      Twitter, Facebook, et al and all is about AUTHENTIC relationshipping and exchanging value. Pitch me without it at your peril!

      Thanks for THE BEST explkain (and expose) of "The Truth About Twitter" so far RG.

      You know I appreciate you!

    31. I LOVE THIS! @360chick (that means integrated media!, undying passion)..BRAVO! For me, the piece however that is missing tho is the EXCHANGE...where is the SOCIAL in that? There is a great deal of posting of soapboxes and opinions, but where is the interaction? Your sins are indeed deadly in my eyes! Hope you have impact, so I posted you in my tweet.

    32. I have to agree with you. Randy's article is brilliant & I've been with Amway 15 years & have a great professional self image today partly from studying Randy's materials. I just chuckle when I read stuff like an Amway distributor on crack. Yeah so Amway is the biggest (8.2 billion last year) & unfortunately for years didn't train their reps in professionalism but they've changed that. Regardless I don't take it personally. Randy didn't sign his post Agel Distributor because he understands the universal law of reciprocity & knows it will come back to him. There's a time & place to post company info but that's not here. The problem with most companies is they don't plug their newest reps into a professional training program that will teach them to represent the industry professionally & bust their chops when they do it unprofessionally. The thing that most excited me when Amway decided to go back to using their name instead of Quixtar is they agreed to provide better products that were more cost effective & provide professional training online that reps are encourged to take. Truth is for whatever reason Mr. Horking & Randy had a falling out in Agel. Rob used to be a diamond in Agel but has moved on. So be it people move on from companies all the time. Why does this industry have to be a platform for religious devotees to their companies. Can't we all be professionals. It's probably not the best practice to sew the seed to sew ripping on Amway or jungle juice (by the way I wouldn't even have thought Randy was talking about MonaVie when he said that) because the universe is still keeping score, but you gotta admit 'be right back I gotta take a poop' is hilarious!
      Thanks Randy for keeping the dream alive!
      Dan

    33. Hey I found a new site for @Stalker - check out brightkite.com you can find people who are within a city block of you that are also logged into the site! I can see it now. Are you Bob? Hey Bob you wanna make some money? LOL! Great stuff Randy. Thanks for your service to the industry.

    34. Brilliant Randy as Allways

      This is by far the best education for twitter and the basics rules to folllow.
      I do feel simpathise with you needing all this money LOL 🙂

      You have not changed from when we met in amsterdam totaly dedicated to prosperity if you have not allready check out randys books http://bit.ly/q4egg
      i have retweeted as i think it is well worth it.
      Hows the Aston holding out?
      take care john
      http://twitter.com/johnrawnsley

    35. What A Good Article About Twitter - it's a great tool if used properly and the only pity is that a large number of people don't. Maybe this article will reduce that number by a few ... hope so

      Best wishes

      Will
      whata.info

    36. Dear Randy,

      I had the pleasure to stumble upon your post while kindly retweeted by Joe Vitale (@MrFire).

      Not only I love and perfectly agree with your Twitter philosophy, but I didn't hesitate a split second to share your post with my Twitter followers.

      I look forward to reading more of your blog wisdom in the very next future.

      Warmly,
      Chantal

    37. I have been doing lots of self educating with your materials. I really don't have any words that can describe how great your products are!!! I have registered for your tele-seminars, and one thing that I personally like is you are unique!!( In a good way) Everything you say is from within you. There are many people out there who read your stuff and then try to be the next Randy Gage. When I am listening to your audio cd's or reading your books I have a very hard time putting them down. I have learned many things, and will continue to learn and educate myself. I must say, I listened over and over to your prosperity album. I have also read your 5 books on prosperity over 3 times before I could move on. This was my personal favorite, I think it should be manditory for everyone to read those books and listen to the album!!! The world we live in would be a much better place. Very few people actually live by the laws of prosperity, if fact I think very few people understand it!!!! I still catch myself thinking in" lack consciousness" I am able to identify it and correct my thinking now. I can honestly say within 1week of practicing the laws of prosperity we had many good things start happening in our lives, it is so powerful!!!! I will be signing up for twitter and creating a profile for myself. I will practice the tips you have given on twitter. Thank-you for providing everyone with valuable information.

      Marnie Harrison

    38. I do like this post, it covers much of how I approach Twitter, and have seen covered elsewhere, but it's all in one neat package. I am new to your info (thanks to @sSherylRoush), but not new to Twitter.

      What I really like about it, is it breaks things down for the NEW twitter user, helping to clear up some of the "how to's." This is a part of my online PR niche - translating tech talk into plain English for non-techies; glad to see more people out here with that in mind.

      One thing I have found that helps the true twitter newbie is to remind them to click on the @replies tab and the direct message (DM) tab each time they login. This is how people interact with you; it is not obvious to many folks. And to send a reply, hover over a tweet, and click the gray arrow and type away after their name.

      As for the end of #5, in the interest of sharing original sources (as you suggest above), @BrianSolis is the origin of the phrase/concept "120 is the new 140" idea, that if you stop typing a 'tweet' with 20 characters left, that allows room for others to retweet your post more easily. His blog post offers another similar POV from a long-time tweeter:
      http://www.briansolis.com/2009/02/finding-tweet-spot-top-tips-for.html

      One more thing - those funny #GNO (what twitter folks call #hastags) are short cuts for common topics that people use to indicate that a tweet is related to a topic or event; #GNO means Girls Night Out and was started by @momitforward on Tuesday nights. Check it out.

      http://www.twitter.com/CathyWebSavvyPR

      PS - Randy - if you want to increase the number of tweets, diggs and stumbles for your posts, why not use the plugin that automates it - @ me for details

      I found your "please digg, Facebook, tweet, stumble my post...I need the money" - strikingly similar to the tone of folks who say - I need 5 more followers to reach 300. I'm only sayin' 😉 BTW, I don't mind the "help me get to a # tweets" that much - especially for new folks - admit it, it is part of the fun of being new on twitter. If it's from a spammer - that different.

      Hope you don't mind me tweaking you, you have great info here.

    39. Randy:

      Wonderful piece that the datasphere should pay attention to.
      So this is the new Seven Deadly Sins (Twiitter style). I'll be happy to
      "hook you up"! BTW what does your cat eat? Caviar?

    40. Great post, love the "twitter" types...

      I struggle with the "innane" nonsense too...but try to balance some fun personal thoughts & insights that get people engaged w/ great content, and sharing other RT's from cool twitter peeps.

      Seems like its a fun game/obsession now...what will get the twitter peeps involved?

      Thanks Randy!

      Melanie Benson Strick
      @melcoach on twitter!

    41. PS - One minor detail:

      If you're not following someone on Twitter, don't be surprised if their replies are in their public stream. Twitter doesn't allow DMs to people who do not follow you . . .

      If you are a "minimalist" follower, get TweetDeck to filter your stream.

      -David

    42. hmmmm guess its like one of your top income earners that has 0 volume in his lesser leg yet gets paid 100 grand a month...

    43. If you're looking to grow your business on Twitter and you don't want to be a pest, that's one thing. But if you're tweeting just for fun and personal fulfillment, as many of us are, I humbly suggest a different point of view of "how to Twitter." In fact, it's an anti-manifesto, an un-guide for new users, "Steal This Twitter": http://pfunn.com/?p=439.

    44. Tony and Wes,

      I agree the Blog is fantastic as like all Gage's training... But it comes a time that Gage needs to get off his high horse and face the FACTS about the nutritional beverage industry in his Blogs instead of bashing the industry. It will forever in his life out sell the GEL industry by billions every year!

      Take care

      Rob Horkings
      http://www.Horkings.com

    45. Far and above the most informative article on twitter I have read. I signed up last fall to connect with @ricksanchezcnn because I watched the show. I was baffled so I didn't log in for months. Now I'm hooked.
      The best thing for those who know is to continue to teach those that need to learn. In the meantime, tolerance will save your sanity.

    46. Great blog! I read a recent post "Facebook is soooo 2008". I enjoy both. Facebook and Twitter offer different options but for me, Twitter is fantastic especially with Twitter Search and suits my style of disseminating info. This month's Fast Company Mag (one of my favs!) listed Twitter on the list of top Web 2.0 to watch for 2009 so right on, Randy! Thanks for the good info. BTW: found your blog on my friend, Bob Burg's blog.

    47. Dan,

      Re your comment: Mr. Horking & Randy had a falling out in Agel.

      Randy and I did not have a falling out, I left Agel because of their (Agel's) Global Operational Issues my friends were getting NO products delivered and their credit cards being changed 2, 3 and some cases 6 times on their order values..

      So you know the Agel business was in only Nicky's(my wife) name, so because I up and left Agel they decided that she had to go as well and then Agel terminated her and kept her $50,000 per month RESIDUAL income...

      Now with that said she is in court right NOW fighting to get the residual income back, it is just the principle of the matter from the way Agel terminated before asking a leading distributor what is going on...

      Anyway time will tell so keep your eye on the legal matters happening with Agel.

      Take care,

      Rob Horkings

    48. Great article and full of information I will use. However, and I may not be the first to point this out, (but in case I'm not) Al Gore did not invent the internet. Even Al Gore says he did not invent the internet. It's one of those urban legends that gets passed around. I chuckled over some of your comments. How true they are!

    49. A lot of people seem to view MLM as a consumer club, and perhaps rightly so, if it's true that 80% of the volume is consumed by distributors and not "traditional" customers.

      A lot of people also feel that MLM products are somewhat hyped to justify the pricing etc., no matter how “unique and exclusive” they might be.

      Someone asked me: "If it's that good, why don't they do it themselves?" referring to the people actually working in the MLM company as employees, including the CEO etc. Hmmm...

      Twitter? I’d perhaps rather be the founder of it…

    50. Good stuff RG. Usually I'm pretty quiet in the morning, but you made me release a loud cackle that woke up my fiancee.

      I really haven't been doing anything on Twitter, but this time I'll give it more attention! Thanks.

    51. Randy, many of us are trying to figure out how to use Twitter and other social media platforms as business development tools. Thanks for sharing with us your experience walking down the path of learning.

      You are probably very right about Twitter being a great tool for connecting with your tribe. I certainly hope it will help me connect with my tribe of Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs.

      Over the past week, I have been compiling a list of Twitter tips. Your article had some very new and useful comments that I plan to pass along. Thanks so much.

      Shallie Bey
      Smarter Small Business Blog for busi

    52. Randy, as usual, you get right to the point. That's what I love about you! This posting is packed with information on the do's and don'ts of Twitter. It has gotten me thinking of how be more of a contributor.

      Thanks Randy!

      Donna

    53. So funny, Randy. I am only a week old on Twitter, so of course I saw myself in your list of Twitter offenders. Thanks for straightening me out. Looking foward to your next telecast on Tuesday 3/3. I will RT.

      Quick story. I received a Twitter follower and clicked on his Website to check him out. When it opened, I nearly fell off my chair. The audio loaded before the images and the booming voice shocked me. I imagine it was one of those lead capture pages. Not sure since the page totally locked up my computer. How annoying. I had to reboot.

    54. Hi Randy.
      Thats a lovely article. Am definitely trying it out. Am from Kenya in Africa and we are not very advanced technology- wise. This though is a bomb and i believe it will explode my business.

    55. Randy, Some good ideas and thoughts on using Twitter.

      The "I need the money" better be with a 😉 cause you need it like an eskimo needs more ice.

      Craig A

    56. Thanks Randy for this information.
      I'ts just what I needed to understand the workings of 'tweetspeak'.
      I will be passing this on to all those who think that business is no FUN! I just couldn't stop laughing!

    57. Dear Per, it is a world of change and we can either change
      with it, or try not to change... or change the world!

    58. Quote from your post: "I can’t count how many times I get a follow and click through to their page to see if I should be following back and get nothing. No picture, no bio, not even the city they live in. " Well you pass on one of those - you have a photo. Your bio - that would be a 'fail whale' - those who know you already, are likely to follow you, but those not 'in the know' - may pass you by? and no city where you live, nor even nearest metro area. You Do have a link to your website - which is crucial. Again, hope you don't mind the tweak - you asked for input at the end of your post.

    59. Thanks, Randy!
      I'm new in Twitter and this post is so helpful.

      You are my teacher during several years.
      I appreciate you.

    60. I wasn't referring to change. Those were simply statements I have heard, mainly inspired by the Agel-Amway-MonAvie intriguing triangle drama posted above.

      Perhaps Ann Sieg isn't so wrong after all in that it for example is as much politics etc. in MLM as anywhere else, hidden behind rose colored glasses perhaps.

      Regarding change I'd say people have to first change themselves rather than just go with the flow. And wouldn't it be great to own something like Twitter? Think about it... For me that's thinking outside the box, which would change the world...

    61. Al sure didn't invent the internet, and not even global warming, but internet was released to the public to have control of what's going on, even though it seems it would be the opposite, but that's the name of the game...

    62. Randy: You always tell it like it is which is why I enjoy reading your blogs, utilizing your webinars, etc. Do you have any plans for putting together a program showing us how to build a successful web site, blog, etc? I'll be the first in line to purchase it if you do. I wish I could join you at your upcoming event in Las Vegas.

    63. I am considering doing a one time program called "Web 2.0, It's the Monetization, Stupid" I'm having a lot of fun with the social media sites and doing the program would be a creative kick. My website is in top 1% of the world and the blog in top 1/2 %, so I really balling with this. There's so much stuff about getting followers, doing blogs, feeds, setting up profiles and stuff, but not many people know how to actually make money with it. Problem is I'm so booked for the rest of the year. If I can sneak in a weekend though I'm going to do it.

      -RG

    64. Randy that was really a great article. You haven't changed a bit still tell it like it is and that's what made it a good article.

    65. Ok ok don't get mad 🙂
      And I'm no Godless comunist so I just joined Twitter and first thing, I've started to follow you.
      The next thing lies in trying to figure out the whereabouts of Twitter.
      Thanks for the precious guidance.
      Greetings.
      Isil.

    66. An enjoyable, informative and witty read. Love your style; wish I could write like that. Thanks SO MUCH for the information. Now I can see how others grade me and why they follow me.

      Keep up the great work.

      This site has my approval and I'm going to FAV it.

    67. GREAT article Randy. For a newbie like me who is just starting to use this social media market it has been a great help. Now I will have to re-read it tomorrow again and put some good points to use. Thanks again!

    68. Randy - Great Post!

      Using your usual mix of humor and raw honestly you have illustrated several excellent points, best and worst practices currently on display in Twitterville. My personal pet peeves are the spammers, the follow you and when you follow me I will un-follow you gamers, the please follow me so I can get to - - - th followers, the I am so important that I am do not follow I am only followed (no one is that important), and perhaps most of all those who never have anything positive to say about other people.

      If newer Twitter users want to witness the Twitter Etiquette of a true Twitter role model they should follow Perry Belcher, Chris Zavadowski, or Joel Comm. These guys are very successful, keep their egos in check, aren't afraid to complement others, and are willing to communicate with members from the entire Twitter pecking order.

      I hope your readers take this to heart - Twitterville will be a better place for it.

      James
      http://Twitter.com/AskJamesHolmes

    69. Loved this and Tweeted the link. Just today, I told a well-known Internet marketer to turn off his "witness protection program." And he did!

      Next, Randy, I'd love to see you discuss specifically *how* you're actually monetizing Twitter.

      Shel Horowitz, author of Grassroots Marketing: Getting Noticed in a Noisy World and six other books

    70. I am fast becoming a Randy Gage fan.
      This is an excellent blog for the newbie AND the seasoned Tweeter.
      Great info that is well written with just the perfect amount of humour.
      Way to go Randy, you ROCK!!!

    71. Just so you know my website is my business site and my other website is http://www.ChocolateNourishment.org again my business.

      I like your straight approach. I used to design, develop, implement, market and assess Leadership Forums in the Arctic. It was fun. I would love to create forums online that are different than what I was used to in 2004 when I graduated with a masters done nearly completely on line.

      Let's get going.
      cindybl

    72. Randy,

      100 years later and I am still learning from you. As usual your are clear, concise and you make my mind go into overdrive. I am going to have to start reading you in the mornings so I can sleep. Thanks for all you do.

      Lisa

    73. Excellent!! Just the job. But before I go.

      With reference to those who were upset with the phrase 'jungle juice' I would suggest you are lucky. Lucky in that for over a decade I was one of those distributors who ran around London wearing a button 'lose weight now - ask me how'. And boy oh boy did I get mad when 'The Gage' did a number on how stupid we all looked. Something stopped my tracking him down and telling him what I thought...when it struck me. It was me who was the fool, it was not so much the button (although looking back it is about as daft as you can get) I was the one who was getting all steamed up over something that was said.

      I was just like one of those first-day-on-the-job distributors who gets all defensive and over reacts to just about everything.

      If that sounds like you then you have missed the point entirely (as did I) but in time you will see the wisdom of jesting and fun for what it really is. Therapy does not normally come this cheaply and a good dose of 'The Gage' is the best therapy in town.

      So, Dr Gage, I thank you for the jesting and the fun over the years as it certainly helped me get over myself and realise that although our product lines are important to us we need to put it into perspective. Its more fun having fun than being evangelical defending ones own merits of their product.

      Gage's humour is golden so don't waste it by getting hung up! Let's be grown up and sophisticated because afterall when the all is said and done - 'gels rule ok'

      http://twitter.com/Russell_Cooper

    74. A friend sent me a link to this post. Hysterical...I will definitely hunt you down and follow you...even if it's just for the laughs! Just kidding...great post.

    75. An alternate POV on #3: Because DMs only work if the other person is following you, the common practice with Twitter has been to always reply "in the open." If nothing else, it's a hassle to DM someone, find out the DM is rejected by Twitter because the person isn't following you and then resubmit the Tweet as an open-air response. Twitter is a cocktail party so DMs have long been limited to truly private information, like contact info.

      However, if the Reply Guy wishes to be an effective Tweeter, he should expand such replies to include the context of the reply. This is also helpful to the recipient as the lack of threading in Twitter makes it easy to forget what someone is replying to.

    76. Randy,

      Thanks for this info. I am a twitter newbie and this is great info. Still looking for one leader with a strong base in Mexico and South America. Opening April 24, 2009...

      Adrian

    77. Amen Randy!

      I made my post for Gotham... I wish there were more marketers like you. You know, the one that tells you what you need to hear versus what you want to hear.

      Keep on keepin' on, YOU ROCK!

      Dave B.

    78. Hi Randy,

      That Really is a good Article "Tweet This! A Twitter Manifesto" with UpperRoom Mindset - Champion Communicators Using Twitter can be made referring to this Content as we Build Our Social Media and Social Networking Skills - A ToolBox Reference for Using Twitter in my humble Thoughts. As I noticed that Copywriting Genius Michel Fortin Did a Retweet of the Content at Twitter, that said to me for sure "Pay Attention". Points well covered and You are really going to Make A Difference With This Blog Content for many I know for sure. Be Blessed always...Peace! Randy, Keep Hope Alive! Stay Tuned.

    79. I remember reading some of your articles in the 90's Randy--in Upline Magazine. I recall you saying that you always looked for ways to get people to come to you (referring to how you prospected).

      When done right, with your Twitter tips in mind, Twitter is just another great way to do that.

      But there's something I'd like to really spotlight here that is an even more valuable benefit people can come away with from Randy.

      Notice how he put a lot of focus and energy into putting this post together. Writing it was the easy part. He had to invest a great deal of time learning how to use Twitter (by DOING it) and observing and interacting and reading up on related topics OVER TIME... before he could ever had provided this nice 'attractive' content piece.

      By doing so he's attracted people to that content, provided real value and that even led me to click on a link that somehow led me to his products!

      Attraction Marketing at its best.

      Pretty easy to understand, eh!
      Mike

    80. Great Content- I actually had not seen the tag cloud capability that was beneficial- I wonder how long it will take us to write a script to do a meme tracker twitter tag cloud in real time- that would have a wow factor - its good to track memes. Randy you spend some time polishing your copy writing and it shows great stuff Dawg thanks for the reply.

    81. I have been laughing out loud (you could easily do stand-up comedy, if ever you tire of your current career!) reading your Manifesto, which is brilliant and helpful, especially for those of us that are new.
      I will definitely RT--the proper way!
      Kathleen

    82. An absolutely uplifting read for a newbie, but not a foolbie!
      So sick of all the numerical/volumic shit being pushed by highly-regarded Twitterers, it just makes sense............ and works in with how I feel about establishing REAL and on-going business relationships. I'm so glad I stumbled across the link that led to you,,,,,,,,, yet I was already following you blindly anyway, in my haste to GET Followers

    83. Thanks for your fantastic overview of twitter. I definitely learned a few tips from the article. I have only been twitter a month so I have been slow to add my comments. After reading your article I have a much better idea of twitter etiquette. Thanks!

    84. My hat's off to you @Randy_Gage! You are entertaining as well as educational. Someone truly worth following! I think I am guilty of every sin at one time or another so now must pay penance lest I be cast into the pit of twell for all of tweeternity.

      Found you by way of RT @ecomind who RT @Mike_Wesely.

      Be Green and Prosper!

    85. i was reading valentina's blog... she has a link to this site about twitter... i am a newbie, absolutely have no idea what i m doing. new to IM, twitter, social marketing (what is that?) but i completely agree with what you said about what ppl shouldn't do in twitter... i don't think others will be interested in when u brust your teeth or when ur cat is going to eat ur meal...

      i m following you now at twitter, looking forward to see more great posts! Thanks.

    86. Honest to GOD! Randy, this is hysterical! Are you on acid? or something legal? Ha! I laughed so hard I was choking. (yes I am easily entertained..)

      Really, thanks. Oh and thanks to Steve Pohlit for tweeting you and reaching me. This was fun.

    87. Totally hilarious, fabulously entertaining and best - really worthwhile content. the @MLMoron drives me up the mast on my neighbor's sail boat. Hope you don't mind but I'm stealing that phrase (credit to you) and posting it cause I love it!

      Thanks Randy Great Blog!

    88. Informative with humor! Thnx for the Twitter Etiquette. I learned a lot!!!

      BTW: I'm following you now and you get a RT on this one!

      You the Man!!!

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    90. Twitter will be a vapor in the wind of the summer of 2009. It doesn't have the traction or staying power that FaceBook does. Too many people already violate these 7 deadly sins making me less prone to use it. I've had a twitter account since the summer of 2007, but when FaceBook opened up it became much more relevant to the people that matter to me: my friends. The concept of Tweets is nice, but FaceBook took the concept and made it 100 times better. If you have to psuedo-program "RT" "DM" "#" for your messages, it will never make it to the masses... and the masses are where you make money. My Tweeting lifespan didn't even last 140 tweets. Too many barrage marketers and spammers and again, people not following the above rules. Not to mention I'd rather keep up with people I know... on FaceBook. So Long Twitter.

    91. I just joined and knew Clark Covington would have interesting people connected to him!

      Excellent article. Have to add ya and Tweet ya!

    92. Thanks! Great info. (and had me laughing!), as I take the plunge to twitter.
      It's great to know how to avoid becoming the TMI guy, the pagiarizer Twit, The Reply guy........ect.

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    101. Hey Randy. Soo funny and so direct. Loved the post. I am not on Twitter but I sure learned a few things about it.
      I think I’m tired of social media ..it just doesn’t interest me. I think of all the positive productive things I can be doing instead of spending time with people telling me how to lose weight after a certain age. How to cook. Etc etc.

    102. This is worth Retweeting :-}

      I am never leaving Twitter, following is the main reason. These are two of the many DM's I have received from around the world;

      "Rena, I attended my first day of therapy today! Thank you for being open about your journey and encouraging everyone to get help and find healing. You are a big part of the reason that I took this step." Female Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

      "I found your TEDx talk, I watched it over and over. Before I watched it, I was going to kill myself. Thank you for sharing your story. I am now helping other male survivors get the help they need. Thank you!" Male Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

    103. I am in another category. I pretty much only go on Twitter to read your posts. 🙂 Great article!

    104. Thanks, just copied your entire article & replaced your name with mine. - RT Pete.

      Just kidding. Love your genious insight and brilliant mind as always. Pure gold.

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