It’s interesting the way different folks share via the social networks, isn’t it?
Part of the fun of social networking is to turn others on to new things. I don’t know a better venue for sharing blog posts, articles or new tools than Twitter. I enjoy seeing the echo effect as a worthy link goes viral. I especially enjoy watching a good discussion unfold.
Just as there’s plenty of information to share, there are also different ways to share on Twitter. After observing my fellow Tweeps for a couple of years now, I think I’m becoming pretty good at recognizing the different sharing personalities.
The Quiet Linker: This Sharer wants you to enjoy a link, either his own or someone else’s, but doesn’t have much to add. He tweets the link and the title of the video or content and allows the Twittersphere to draw their own conclusions. Most titles shared by the Quiet Linker are self explanatory and therefore no further information is needed.
The Pitcher: Hypes each share, usually because all links are his own. It’s not enough to say, “this is my latest blog post…” or “I just wrote….” The Pitcher sells each link. “Do you want to make more money, read my blog post to find out how!” or “Don’t believe the hype, this is the real deal….!!” If you’re planning on pitching a share in the future, don’t forget to use as many exclamation points as possible. That will help to show sincerity in your share and differentiate you from the spammers.
The Action Taker: He’s not sharing as much as he wants you to know what he’s doing. Before tweeting out the link and title he’ll say something like, “Reading..” or “Contemplating…” This Sharer wants to let you know he’s not actually recommending you click the link. He’s not committed to the share. He’s just letting you know it’s worth a mention even if he’s not going to actually come out and ask you to read it.
The Commentator: It’s not enough to share a link, the commentator let’s you know how he feels about his shares. He’ll LOL to tell you it’s funny or let you know if he disagrees. For The Commentator it’s more about the discussion then the actual share. He’s telling you how he feels because he wants to know your thoughts as well.
The Baiter A/K/A The Troll: This Sharer is only interested in stirring up negativity. Trolls have no desire to have a decent conversation, they’re here for the drama and nothing else. They share links for the sole purpose of provoking an argument with the author. Trolls have lots of followers the way a crowd gathers around to watch a fight in a school playground. No one likes the school bully, but they sure enjoy the drama.
The Back Scratcher: It’s all about recipriosity for the Back Scratcher. He’ll Tweet your links if you Tweet his. He joins private groups where people Digg and Stumble each other and aligns himself with the people who are most likely to share his links. You could have written the best blog post ever, but the Back Scratcher isn’t likely to share unless you Tweet out his stuff in return.
The Climber: It’s all about numbers for the Climber. He blindly ReTweets and shares links from the top bloggers and social media experts in hopes of being noticed. He doesn’t necessarily know what these folks are talking about, just that it looks cool for him to ReTweet the popular crowd.
The Spammer: The Spammer is on Twitter for one reason and one reason only. To get sales and bring people in to read his stuff. The Spammer never has anything of interest to say, he sends links. Since it’s all attached to a feed he has no idea who is even following him. It’s not about engagement or sharing for him, as long as people click on his stuff, he’s happy.
What’s your Twitter sharing personality?