Over in Arkansas’ First Congressional District the candidates are tweeting in spurts. Each of the active tweeters will tweet two to four times over the course of an hour or two and then they will fall off radar until the next day or for the next couple of days. I’m seeing the same the pattern with candidates Princella Smith, Ben Ponder, Tim Wooldridge and Rick Crawford.
Unless you know exactly when your followers are online, it might be a better idea to spread your tweets out a bit. It is a good idea to tweet during high usage times (weekdays 8-9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4-5 p.m.), but twitter usage is more spread out since it’s made to be mobile. There are several web sites out there that let you schedule tweets so you don’t have to be on a computer when you want to tweet.
Some people even suggest you might want to send the same tweet out more than once. Guy Kawasaki, a venture capitalist who founded Alltop and has over 220,000 twitter followers, broadcasts every tweet four times a day to let all of his followers who are connected at different times of the day see his tweets.
I’m not sure I 100 percent agree that you should tweet everything four times, but twitter is not a completely asynchronous medium. Most twitter clients have a limit to the number of tweets they will pull in at once due to twitter’s limit on api calls and once you follow more than a couple of hundred people you only end up pulling in the last hour or two’s worth of tweets for those you follow during active hours (non-sleep).