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Calling all Math bloggers who tweet

[ Update 5/25/11 ] I've deleted the Mathtweet group for several reasons which I may or may not blog about sometime.

I notice that my new Playing With Mathematica blog gets a fair amount of traffic from twitter. I'd like more of that traffic so I've come up with an idea and a plan that will serve all of us.

How about if those of us who are Math bloggers tweet each other's blog articles? Friendfeed makes it easy to create a private (invitation only) group where we can post our latest Math blog articles so I've created such a group.

The commitment for anyone in the group is to tweet a large percentage (or all) of the links members post. If you don't like an article then don't tweet it. If you don't like most of what people post then this group isn't for you. While the commitment is for all of us to post to twitter, you are also welcome and encouraged to post to other social networks. Friendfeed is free (say that three times fast) and makes it very easy to post to a handful of social networks.

I'm the owner of the group so you need to email me at sol dot lederman at gmail dot com to receive an invitation. Please include your twitter id so that I can verify that you're active on twitter. If I don't know your blog then please send me a link to that as well so I can check it out. If your blog is heavy on commercial and light on content then I won't send you an invite. I want to have members with content that people feel good about promoting. And, if I discover that some members are receiving benefits but aren't tweeting very much then I'll drop them from the group.

Send me an email if you'd like an invite or if you have any questions.

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  1. It sounds like a really good idea!

  2. What advantage are you hoping for compared to a good common hash tag or a twitter list?

  3. I would like an invite but I cannot find your email address.

  4. Peter – the advantage is that our posts get tweeted to a larger audience. A hash tag is nice when people are searching the tag. Twitter lists are fine for people who want to follow them. If the Friend Feed network doesn’t get too large then each member might be tweeting two or three posts a day so it’s not much work for the benefit it might bring.

  5. Sol, well, I’m not going to argue against more visibility 🙂

    I’m just not sure I understand; the advantage is more convenience for the people who want to re-tweet?

    By the way, what will be the public link to view the friendfeed?

  6. @Peter. Friendfeed seems to be having severe problems. None of my invites got received as far as I can tell. So, I’ve moved the network to Google Groups. It’s a private group. There’s no public view of it. Members send an email to the group when they have a new blog post. Others in the group tweet the post.

    The point of the network is that we each commit to tweeting a substantial number of posts for others in the network. Just tweeting something and hoping others will retweet is more passive than I’d like. I want to have a network with, say, 25 people and know that most of them, if they like my post, will tweet it. I don’t get that level of retweeting without a network.

    Think of it as one of those business networks where the members look out for one another and give referrals to one another. As long as the content is good – not spammy or commercial content – then others in the network will support one another.

  7. @Sol, I understand what you want to achieve — our goals for mathblogging.org are similar.

    But why the secrecy? I think it will have a greater impact if you are transparent about the group. Showing that you’re building a community will attract more people.

  8. @Peter – The point isn’t to be secretive, it’s to be selective. If the group were public then I couldn’t control the quality of the blogs in the group. Plus, I wouldn’t be able to keep the membership down to 20 or so. I created a Google group for the Math tweet network. I made the group private so that people would need to contact me if they wanted to join.

  9. @Sol, will you publish the list of the bloggers in your network somewhere?

  10. @Peter – I’m not planning to publish a list. If you go to twitter and see who retweets my posts and those of other Math bloggers you can probably figure out who is in the network. Keep in mind that no one is being asked to retweet posts that they don’t believe have value.

  11. I guess I really don’t understand what you want to achieve then.

    Either you’re asking people to do what they are doing anyway — re-tweeting good blog posts that they encounter in their social streams (just look at http://twitter.com/#!/list/mathblogging/math-bloggers for a day to see what I mean).

    Or you want to create a secret group of bloggers who agree to generate traffic for each other beyond their usual tweeting — and without admitting this openly.

    I must admit I am not a fan of cartelizing blogs. But maybe I’m just missing your point.

  12. @Peter You make some good points and you’ve given me some things to think about. And, think I will.

  13. @Sol, I hope I didn’t sound like an ass. As I said, I’m all for raising visibility of mathematical bloggers; I’m just worried that secrecy could be viewed as manipulation.

    I hope you’ll write more on this topic some other time.

  14. @Peter, I’ve deleted the group, in part due to the concern you raised.

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