So up to now, I’ve always tried to keep track of who’s retweeted material on my behalf. Whether it’s a blog post I’ve written, or something I’ve seen that’s good and I’ve shared with my followers, if it gets retweeted, I try to say thanks – it’s good for my exposure – and of course it’s just good manners.
More recently, I’ve had a number of Twitter conversations with people on the topic, some who offer acknowledgement every time, some who are selective, others who believe it’s just contributing to noise in the TwitterStream and is completely unnecessary.
By sharing your material, are people effectively getting something of value for themselves and their followers? If so, they get value, you get exposure and the exchange is balanced – no thanks required. That’s not how I’ve worked in the past – but I shared a blog I read earlier today on the topic of WordPress theme security and within an hour, it had been retweeted 62 times – it’s still going. Do all those people expect my thanks? I doubt it. Do my other followers need to see that list of names – or is it self-aggrandizing?
Where people make an effort to comment on my blog, or indeed share something I’ve created, I will always try to offer my thanks – either by public tweet, or some other method. However, I think there it must stop – before we all go deaf.
When I mentioned this on Twitter earlier this morning, I got some quick responses – be more than happy for the debate to continue here, where you have more space to express your thinking.
Have I struck the right balance?