Is Twitter a Dying Platform?

I have a friend who always insists that Twitter is a dying platform. He’s adamant about this and says it all the time. But is it? How is Twitter really doing?

Number of monthly active Twitter users worldwide from 1st quarter 2010 to 4th quarter 2017 (in millions)

As you can see, Twitter has had exponential growth of ACTIVE users, year after year, every year since its inception.

While Instagram is doing much better, with 800 million monthly active users, Twitter is still holding its own with positive growth year after year after year.

 

Twitter vs Instagram – Let the showdown begin!

While Facebook remains king when it comes to monthly active users, today’s post is on Twitter and Instagram.

They are both micro-blogging platforms, but the question is, which one is most popular?

Twitter has 310 million active users while Instagram boasts 800 million.

While on the surface that may seem that you want to put all your focus on Instagram because it’s more than twice as popular but that would be very short-sighted.

If popularity was all that mattered then you should just focus all of your attention on Facebook with it’s over 2 billion active users. But as a porn star, you already know Facebook isn’t porn friendly, so why bother?

I’m not saying don’t bother with Instagram but what I am saying is, don’t forget about your Twitter account either.

Twitter has always been a good way for fans to connect with their favorite performer.

But even more than that, Twitter is a great way to promote your OnlyFans account, which to date

If you aren’t using OnlyFans by now you are crazy. Porn stars are making money hand over first with OnlyFans. It makes every single porn star I have spoken to far more than they have ever made with their websites.

The secret to Twitter success is being active. You need to tweet at least 5 times a day. The more often you tweet, the more followers you will get and more importantly, the more chance you have that some of those new followers will join your OnlyFans page.

Another reason to consider not ditching your twitter account is that producers and directors look at a porn star’s Twitter account when considering who they want to work with.

You’d be surprised how many girls get passed over for a booking because their twitter account wasn’t active.

The lesson here is tweet and tweet often. Even if it’s just to say good morning or to talk about what you want to wear.

 

Is Instagram now more popular than Twitter? Not so fast!

When it comes to popularity with porn stars, Twitter is all the rage. But lately people are saying it’s all about Instagram. I thought about that, and I’m like hmmm … that makes sense, men love photos, instagram is all pics. But then again Instagram forbids nudes and twitter allows is. So that got me thinking … which social networking platform really is bigger?

Turns out the answer is Twitter, by far. In fact, Twitter is 3 times more popular than Instagram.

According to Ebiz MBA, a company who tracks the popularity of social networking sites, Facebook remains supreme with an estimated 1.1 billion unique visitors a month.

Twitter had 310 million and Instagram is only at 100 million.

So while it is true Instagram has skyrocketed in popularity this year, it still has a long way to go. Sites like Pinterest and Tumblr are still more popular than Instagram.

Here is the run down on other social networking sites.

  • Facebook – 1.1 billion unique monthly visitors
  • YouTube – 1 billion unique monthly visitors
  • Twitter – 310 million
  • Linkedin – 255 million
  • Pinterest – 250 million
  • Google Plus+ – 120 million
  • Tumblr – 110 million
  • Instagram – 100 million
  • Reddit – 85 million
  • VK – 80 million

By the way, you can follow me on twitter @MissKelliXXX.

 

The Rules of Social Networking Do Matter

The article will help you understand the very few but important rules of Twitter and Facebook so you don’t get your accounts banned.

When it comes to marketing your brand and yes porn stars that means yourself, you need social networking sites like twitter and Facebook.

The problem is, far to many porn stars (or others in the industry) don’t seem to get the rules and find themselves working hard to build up their accounts, getting tons of followers and fans only to lose their account.

So here are a few simple but very important rules to follow —

First let’s start with Facebook. Facebook doesn’t like porn or anything directly associated with it — so if you are going to use Facebook to promote yourself or your brand then you need to be extra careful about the rules.

Rule #1: Facebook requires that you use your real name if you want a standard Facebook account. If you want to use your porn star name you’ll need to create a “page”. Here is the Facebook page for porn star Audrey Hollander.

If you want a normal account (here is a link to my Facebook account), use your real name, not something like YourfirstName YourCompany name. ie: Kelli PornCompanyName. If you want a traditional Facebook account you can’t use your company name, or some made up name – you have to use your real name. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you want your Facebook page to be called your company name, create a PAGE.

Rule #2: Don’t ever post pictures of yourself naked. Sex is a big no no on Facebook and it can get you banned. If you want to post sexy pictures that’s fine but do make sure you aren’t exposing your breasts or private parts.

Now let’s look at Twitter.

Twitter doesn’t really care what you call yourself. But what they do care about is your avatar, header image and background.

You may not have nudity in your header image, your avatar or your background. You can have sexy pictures but no nudity.

Can you tweet pictures of yourself naked? So far Twitter has allowed us to post all the naughty pictures we want BUT there is a catch … you need to adjust your twitter settings (under settings) and mark your photos as potentially sensitive.

twitter settings

If you do not do this and you tweet out naughty pictures of yourself, your twitter account couple potentially be banned.

Twitter’s Team Follow Train … Does it work?

So you have this new twitter account and now you need some followers, what are you to do? You know that people look down on buying followers, so then you hear about this thing called #TeamFollowBack or the Twitter Follow Train.

How it works is simple … you follow everyone in who teams #TeamFollowBack and in return they follow you. You follow 5,000 people, 5,000 people follow you back.

Sounds great, right? Well … turns out not so much.

What is the point of getting people to follow you? That’s really what you need to define before you can answer how great it is to buy or do team follow back.

Is the point so people don’t look at your account and go OMG they have 12 followers ewww? Or is the point so that your fans or followers can interact with you, find out what’s going on with you and perhaps buy some of your goodies?

That’s what Twitter SHOULD be about for you. Social media marketing is about marketing you (your brand) and the people you buy followers from aren’t real people and the same it turns out goes for follow train people either.

I did some extensive testing on three twitter accounts and these are my results.

  1. I bought 15,000 followers on an undisclosed account.
  2. I did team follow train and got 5,000 followers.
  3. I did it the hard way and tried to build up my account by being active.

I started all three test accounts on the exact same day (with exception of #3 see below) I made sure to give them real looking names, profiles and pictures. I tweeted exactly the same thing on all three accounts.

I made sure that with all three accounts I tweeted with the 80/20 ratio meaning that 8 out of every 10 things I said were about general stuff like the weather, what I was doing that day – no links. The other 20% of my tweets were pictures, promos, and whatnot.

Account 1 with 15,000 followers had a 0 rate of engagement. Out of about 600 tweets, not a single re-tweet, comment, or click through, nothing. LOL

Account # had 5,000 followers and in return I followed 5,000 people. My stream was full of their team follow back tweeting spam but you know what? That’s all they tweeted about. Those people were so busy getting new followers and tweeting about that, it’s all they talked about. I got 1 click through, from 600 total tweets, no comments, no re-tweets. It was almost like buying followers, only worse because now my stream is full of jackasses going on about #TeamFollowBack.

Account #3 had 312 followers. LOL I’m sorry but it was all I could get. I had to really work for those guys using creative hash tags, etc. In all I tweeted the same 600 tweets as the other two accounts but I also tweeted 83 additional tweets, each time using creative #hashtags and comments to other people’s tweets that I was following.

In the end my return was 21 click throughs, 6 retweets and 17 comments. 21 out of 312 was a hell of a result.

So it turns out the only way to have any sort of financial success with your twitter account is to have real followers and actually interact with them. Tweeting 400 ads won’t do anything for you. If you want to have a successful twitter account then you need to actually tweet real things. Talk about the weather, talk about some TV show you are watching or your favorite sporting event. Talk talk talk That’s the key to success on twitter.

 

 

 

Don’t be a Social Networking Spammer

Social media is about being social, not about spamming your friends and followers. This is something that a lot of people just don’t seem to get.  If you follow the rules of etiquette when using social networking sites, you might just find that you’ll actually have far better results than you would by being a spammer.

I want you to think about this … if you were to go to a mixer at your local Chamber of Commerce, would you wear a big sign around your neck that promotes your website? Of course not and you shouldn’t do it on Twitter or Facebook.

 

don't spam twitter

 

Don’t use automated direct messages to promote your website.  First and foremost, they are against the Twitter Terms of Service and have been known to cause a high ratio of un-follows.

Don’t start sending direct messages to your followers unless you really know them. If you want to thank them for following you then send it in an @tweet. If also helps to make it personal so you don’t look like a twitter bot. Say something like Hey @MissKelliXXX thanks for following me, really appreciate it. Now to the next guy say something like Thanks for following me @FameRegistry. Love your site. Now you are engaging your followers in a conversation and that is what social networking is about.

By using social networking sites int he way they are supposed to, you actually might generate interest from people – real people. They click your name and you know what they see? A link to your website and chances are because they are interested in you, they will click your link to your site.

The other side of that coin is, you could spam your new followers, annoy them and eventually they just stop following you or even worse, enough of them report you for spam tweets and then you lose your account.

Did you know there are groups of people dedicated to nothing but enforcing anti-spam rules on social networking sites? They are internet vigilantes and they are quite dedicated when it comes to going after people they deem a twitter account nothing more than spam.

So here are some basic “guidelines” to follow … you should have a 1:10 ratio of tweets. This means that you should have a minimum of 10 real tweets (text with no links at of all of kind) for every 1 tweet that includes a link.

So if you want to tweet out a promo to your website once a day, that means you’ll need to tweet about 10 other things first. It doesn’t really matter what those things are, as long as they are engaging to your users and don’t include links to anything else.

So what are some things you can tweet?

  • Tweet hello or good night.
  • Reply to other people’s tweets.  If they ask questions, try and answer them. If they say good morning, say good morning back.
  • Tweet a thank you to someone or something. ie: I so love @Pepsi. Nothing wakes me up in the morning more than an ice cold @Pepsi.
  • Ask for help or advice about something. ie: The new iphone.
  • Tweet happy birthday messages to your favorite porn stars or celebs.
  • Tweet tips about something you are knowledgeable in. Just remember to talk like a human – make sure your tweets don’t make you sound like an auto-tweeting bot.
  • Ask questions that require an answer more than a yes or a no.
  • Conduct a poll. Ie: Do you like blondes, brunettes or red heads?
  • Tell a funny or interesting story. It make take you a few tweets but that’s okay to do sometimes.
  • Did you eat something great? Tweet out the recipe.
  • Tweet interesting facts.
  • Compliment someone’s profile or avatar for a person who follows you.

Just remember that you have two main goals … #1 Is to tweet text without any links. You want to save your links to tweet about your website. #2 Your goal is to be engaging. The more interesting your tweets are the more people will comment or re-tweet them and that will help you even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Social Shares War – Revisited

Last year I did a post about the social share wars {see older post here}. In this post I asked the question, which social networking site do people really use. We all know Facebook is king in terms of user-base but we also know millions and millions of those accounts are fake or dead (no longer in use).

So basically what I did was looked at a popular news story on a mainstream site and then we examined who did what in terms of sharing the information. In September of 2012 we learned that if people wanted to share information with their friends they usually did so via twitter, not Facebook like I had thought.

So despite Facebook being the #1 social networking site, the actual usage favored twitter. So now a year later things have changed yet again. This snapshot was taken in August of 2013. It shows us the big three – Facebook vs Twitter vs Google+ (the big three we care about in the porn industry) and #1 is now google+ believe it or not. Behind that is Facebook and Twitter has taken a noticeable drop.

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Facebook (738 shares), Twitter (695 shares) and Google+ (1,100 shares) – other sites (329 shares)

So now let’s compare that to the one we used in 2012. What a major difference a single year makes, huh? Google+ was barely on the radar just a year ago.

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