How did this happen?
Well, if the person tweeting isn't the original author, it can take a little extra time and effort to include the actual author's name, especially if you have to search Twitter for their account and then confirm it’s the right person. (Often times, several people have the same name.) And then, for certain blogs that host a multitude of writers, you may even have to search the page to figure out who wrote the article.
So, why do I go to so much trouble to include the author, not just who tweeted it?
One. This is the author that wrote the cool article worthy of sharing. It’s just a good habit to credit that person and good Karma; as hopefully, I’ll get mentioned for the posts I write.
Two. Mentioning that author is a great way to introduce yourself to them and their potential followers. If I enjoyed their post, then there’s a higher likelihood of a quality connection between us.
So, after including everyone, what happens if my tweet is more than 140 characters long? Instead of dropping someone, I’d rather play with the title and shorten it as much as possible, or write a compelling comment. It may take a little extra effort, but it’s been worth it, as I’ve found many people worth following (with a few returning the follow) or even initiating the connection, which has been exciting.
Note to authors: It’s helpful if you include your @Twitter name within your articles, so people can credit you, too.
How do you search for people to follow? Do you focus on quantity or quality? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.