Bye bye Twitter!

It has been exactly one year dead twitter birdsince I started using twitter. I must say that I did sign up with twitter purely on an experimental basis to see if it can result in any significant traffic or conversion. However, the following twitter related numbers during the past one year somehow prompted me to rethink about my decision.

  • No. of tweets: 1159 or roughly 3 tweets per day
  • No. of followers: 339 (Thank you all, but it’s still a mystery for me as I see 5-10 followers getting added everyday. Where are they all going?)
  • No. of people that I follow: 172 90 (Reduced by 50% today, congratulations to you all whom I still follow)
  • No. of referral visits from twitter to this blog: 762 (Far behind the traffic from Google, Yahoo, StumbleUpon, Forums and even Yahoo Answers)

What does the above statistics mean?

1159 tweets would have hardly cost me two hours to tweet. I have not spent any significant time in promoting anything (except the blog posts) on Twitter either and mostly followers are joined by choice. Probably if I promoted it big time – via contests or even by tweeting 100 times a day – I would have ended up having 5000 followers by now but still I do not believe that it would have brought in any quality traffic to my blog nor would it have improved my brand image or popularity (please forgive my prejudiced approach).

Top 10 reasons why I hate Twitter

The following are some of the genuine reasons for me disliking twitter.

#1 Spam

Unfortunately, in my one year experience, I found that the amount of spam it creates is much more than that of some of the free email solutions. This comes via a number of bot accounts, only retweet category members, affiliate marketing people, people who use it like an IM and the clueless who are still experimenting it. Also, the spam caused by various twitter directories and pingbacks is another added issue.

#2 Difficult to track

It was virtually impossible for me to really track anything on it. There are people whom I would love to track but the current set of twitter clients and the search mechanism are just not good enough to help tracking anything good. Unfortunately, usage of tagging is not really automatic nor an expectation from anybody. This makes it even more difficult.

#3 The 140 character limitation

The 140 characters thingie was tipped to be a pretty innovative stuff but it led to SMS lingo (I am hardly any good at that), shortened URLs (you never know where they point to) and cut short messages in retweets.

#4 Pressure on bloggers

Bloggers – being the self proclaimed geeks – are somehow expected to be on twitter, facebook and part of all kinds of junk bookmarking sites. Being active on twitter is considered something ‘cool’ and I feel that most of the people are unwillingly getting on to it. Have you reaped any major benefit by promoting yourself on Twitter?

#5 SocNet traffic is insignificant compared to Search

Most people still find me and my online contents via search and I am kind of happy with that situation. As I mentioned in the statistics, if I get 1% or less of my overall traffic from a particular source that expects me to be active there, I would rather dump it.

#6 ‘What am I doing right now’ is my private business

It originally started with this nice tagline but is going out of control. I am in the process of cutting short some of my activities on other SocNets accounts as well. Twitter privacy has always been a big question mark!

#7 Facebook has overall better integrated service

Since status updates are already available in facebook, twitter may be totally redundant now. Facebook provides a lot of add on services than just social networking.

#8 You are blindly making yourself public

In twitter, there’s no concept of restricting who can follow you nor do they ask for any approval. Basically, you are announcing to the whole world what you are doing. It is crazy how people share some of their most private information on the web. I have this problem on other SocNets as well but they provide better control over the approval process.

#9 I do not like the broadcast service concept

Twitter is more like a broadcast service and at the moment, I do not see the need of having one such service.

#10 Pseudo friends and followers

762 visits from 300 odd followers via 1159 tweets in a year means, hardly a handful of them regularly visited this blog via tweet links. The rest (more than 90%) are unfortunately pseudo followers and that gives you an idea about how stupid this tool can be. Do you care to do similar analysis?


Hence as of today, I plan to go slow my tweeting habits. I would still maintain people that I follow but I wouldn’t be replying to any of the tweets except DMs. I will mostly tweet only about my blog post updates (two or three tweets per week) and that is it.

I would like to thank you all my followers at this point and would love to learn from some of you whether twitter is really helping you in some manner or other to promote your business or brand image?

Happy Blogging!

[PS: The ‘follow me’ link will be still maintained on this blog. As I said, you can expect only blog updates by following me]


  1. I love twitter more then any other social media tool. Twiiter has given me opportunity to make some really heavy weight friends like @@PritishNandy and @Riteishd [Ritesh Deshmukh ]

  2. Twitter really is great for certain things and not so much for others.

    ie. My ‘target’ audience includes tech savvy people who blog about one thing or another, but really they tend to use twitter as a marketing tool and not so much a social network. Thus it’s much harder to get their attention than it is to get the attention of a mom as a cooking blog on twitter.

    To each’s own I always say, good luck with your new direction.

    • You have a point here. It’s mainly used by techsavvy people. I totally agree. However, in my case, my tech-savvy followers were more technically oriented than I and hence I gave up 😆

  3. yes i do agree with you Ajith. Ive never understood twitter as well…

    I cant seem to understand how people make money with it…. it sounds very strange

    However, i dont think ill be saying bye bye to it… I use a pseudo account to promote a different blog of mine…

  4. Great Post.

    I think Twitter isn’t really worthwhile. Since using twitter I have only got a few visits from twitter. So I dont think Twitter is really a good place to get traffic from, however loads of people do get lots and lots of traffic from Twiiter and that is still a mystery to me on how they do it?

    • That’s the point buddy… I never got any MAJOR traffic or conversions and hence I just don’t believe in its capabilities. I am not talking about spam traffic but something that converts for me.

  5. Surprised! It is hard to find somebody abandoning Twitter. I also find Twitter quite hyped [though useful].

    • Vikas, there are numerous technologies out there and if you are after each and everything you might just end up loosing time on it without yielding any major benefits. Having used and developed a lot in the software industry, I just don’t like its usability and benefits that it offers.

  6. Hahah I get your point. I think I too have been feeling those things you listed but not enough yet for me to quit on using twitter. I don’t know I think at the end of the day, its cool to be cool.. 😀

  7. am not contesting any of the points you have mentioned. But personally, twitter has given me the much needed platform of networking with other fellow bloggers and umpteen number of times I got their help at difficult times.
    People who are really active on twitter can vouch for this. Many people (bloggers especially) assume twitter to be a magic box which keeps on helping you). You just get what you give, simple.

    • Raju, you are right. It’s a good place to network and get help but many aren’t using it for that purpose. In fact, even I thought that to get quick help or to run a campaign it’s quite effective. I wasn’t intending to use it that way anyhow.

      Your point on give and take is right. You have to put in tremendous effort and you get back pretty much the same. I was using it expecting traffic but found that you have to have thousands of followers and keep retweeting 100s per day to get some traffic. That’s the main reason to quit…

  8. I can’t agree with you on all the reason you mentioned. I won’t say its too good or bad either. It was twitter that helped me to solve some issues I faced. I got faster response than from a forum. Then every system has its own pros and cons. :=D.
    Hope you will have a change of mind sooner or later.

    • Nimil, to get a quick query answered, it may be a good tool but forums offer you more precise readable and archivable information. But then you are right… pros and cons are with any system and this one just wasn’t for me.

  9. Seriously I have no idea why you left twitter.
    Let me tell you my story, even I was thinking of leaving the twitter but later in I realize the best way which I do and I suggest you should also do, if you find it worth considering
    make feeds to automatic tweet your post and posts from popular blogs like mashable,TC,LH and so on.
    I know sounds rubbish, but look at the time line of some power twitter , you will realize they using the same trick and in return they are getting ton of followers and retweets. So now they are a power twitter users.
    regarding noise, forget about timeline and take care of only @ and DM send to you…..
    I know again many users will disagree with this, or might say its unethical. but again the way twitter has grown , in matter of time, it will be a better traffic source than digg or such sites…

    • @Harsh, thanks for explaining the secret 🙂 However, I somehow still feel that it’s a spam medium and would like to avoid it. I am keeping a tweetmeme button here for anybody genuinely want to promote my content and also I am manually tweeting my posts. Probably it’s an immature decision from my side but I feel that it’s driven by my perception/values.

  10. Yes…Twitter is not for traffic…Twitter is to make friendship

  11. Ajith,

    Me too have the same opinion, my followers is just 400, clicks are 1-2 per day. i like facebook than twitter.

  12. Hi Ajith,

    I understand your reasons for leaving Twitter. Of course, I’m not leaving Twitter, but I have different reasons.

    When I was first on, Twitter drove lots of traffic to my blog. Over time, it hasn’t worked as well, but that’s because the search engines took over, which they weren’t initially doing.

    What Twitter does for me is gives me an opportunity to see more information than I ever had before. I’ve also met some people I’d have never had a real opportunity to talk to; not sure if you remember my post on helping Guy Kawasaki edit his book, which occurred because of Twitter.

    And it’s a quick way for my friends to contact me, which also works wonders. Just yesterday we had an impromptu local Tweetup to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and have an official one planned on the 3rd. It’s neat meeting people I’ve met on Twitter.

    So, those are my reasons for staying. Nothing overly selfish like trying to make money from it, but I do get to advertise some, every blog post still shows, which gives me a link, and I share info as well. Not bad, for the little time I spend there.

  13. I find twitter different from every other social media I am on, for me twitter is a communication thingy.

    I can keep in touch with a ton of my buddies easily with Twitter, if I use IM I would have to ping each one to say Hi, with this, I can jump in between conversations or Retweet some of their tweets to make my presence known. Its like saying, “Hey buddy, am listening too”.

    It works for me that way. And after all regarding the twitter privacy, I dont think people tweet really important stuff out there. I think its totally safe if the world finds out that your dog is sick or you have a bad head.

    But I agree on one thing, twitter takes away a lot of your time, and the returns (if you don’t count the joy out of tweeting) is not that much.

    But the joy is everything for me, lol, so am hooked 🙂

  14. I am using twitter but not much. I haven’ t seen much traffic via twitter.

    Tweetme button on my blog is also not giving me retweets.

    I am on the same boat as you ajith. But, just continuing it.

  15. In my personal experience linkedin is the most powerful tool… twitter didnt work good for me

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