People use Twitter to achieve different things and in different ways. I’ve noticed that there appears to be a sort of hierarchy and, like most hierarchies, it’s unhelpful, especially to those on the lower rungs.
The Monarchy – the celebrities who Tweet about their meal choices. They do this because they think their fans want it, not because this is a normal thing to do in real life. They have to ignore the overwhelming flood of response. They could of course just not Tweet but that’s not the point.
The Aristocracy – they Tweet to share their world view, opinions and experience. They expect to get a response; they just aren’t really interested in what that response is. They have their connections already – they don’t need to make any more through Twitter, that’s not the point. If they had to meet you in real life they would be frankly appalled.
The Gentry – they Tweet and generously respond and engage with their audience. They aren’t really interested in anyone on a lower rung but it looks like they are. After all, those people on the lower rungs may actually be unidentified Aristocracy. If they met you in real life they wouldn’t recognize you, despite communicating with you for years!
The Yeomanry – they Tweet to share and receive. They want to use the process to build relationships with other people. When they engage with the Gentry they think that they are engaging on their own rung, but they’re not. They want to meet you in real life – that is the point.
The Artisans – they have no idea what the fuss is all about and are just getting on with real life.
This is just my opinion. None of this is true about anyone all of the time. People who describe themselves as thought leaders have a special rung all of their own.