Following AVC On Twitter

I stopped manually tweeting out all of my blog posts on my main twitter handle a year or two ago. It just didn’t feel right to me. But you can still follow AVC on Twitter if you want.

This exchange yesterday reminded me that I should let everyone know this.

So if you want to get my daily blog posts delivered on Twitter, follow AVC.


Comments (Archived):

  1. LIAD


    1. Jess Bachman

      Oh man, you just saved me 90 minutes of refreshing my browser every 10 seconds each morning. Thanks!

      1. William Mougayar

        That or the Feedblitz sign-up will alert you.

        1. Jess Bachman

          I’m living in a post-RSS world now.

          1. Alex Murphy

            blogtrotter – rss to email, has the whole post too which is nice

          2. William Mougayar

            Sometimes IFTT is faster than Feedblitz, sometimes it’s not.

        2. Donna Brewington White

          Feedblitz seems to be posting close to real time. Wasn’t always this way and even now not always real time.

          1. William Mougayar

            It depends on the day for me. Sometimes IFTTT beats it, sometimes not.

    2. LE

      Interesting. In thinking I could use curl to do the same thing by hacking something together and I just found out that cloudflare doesn’t work well with the default settings of curl.Actually, now I see it’s not cloudflare, but that the site really was down….What happened?p data-translate=”not_returning_connection” The web server is not returning a connection. As a result, the web page is not displaying….

    3. kevando

      Is ifttt chummy with twitter? I never understood how they get away with all these auto posts, but twitter yells at me if 6 users post the same tweet..

      1. LIAD

        my recipe isn’t posting anything.ifttt tracks the twitter account and send a phone notification on a tweet.

  2. mikenolan99

    I had set up an automatic twitter post for all the blogs I read regularly – as much for me as for my followers. When I check my Twitter feed, I get links to the new posts. Overtime it is feeling more and more clunky – and might be adding to the overall “spamyness” of social media. Time to delete the feed…

  3. William Mougayar

    Be careful, Twitter might ban @avc ;)Serious, I had an auto-tweet account from an RSS feed and got banned because it was automated.

    1. fredwilson

      maybe they will read this post and whitelist me

      1. David Semeria

        Maybe Fred, just maybe….

    2. Dasher

      I have a feeling @avc would be safe 🙂 Banning your investor’s blog account would not be very smart.

      1. William Mougayar

        Was kidding obviously 😉

  4. William Mougayar

    “It just didn’t feel right to me.”Is it because you don’t like to self-promote yourself?

    1. fredwilson

      i can’t explain it. just didn’t feel right.

      1. falicon

        Agree. From the outside, it felt like those link shares drown out your twitter voice…so all I was seeing were the link shares I already knew about (because a reg. reader)…so I unfollowed you years ago…only went back to following recently when I noticed there was more meat there now 🙂

        1. Donna Brewington White

          Good to know.

      2. William Mougayar

        Luckily in your case, most of your posts are published or discussed on Twitter by others, anyways.Part of me wants to do this, as a self-imposed quality measure. If my posts are good, they’ll find their way into Twitter on their own merits.

      3. John Rhoads

        Company man doing things for the company, man

    2. LE

      In that light of that, a big congratulations William for more than doubling your kickstarter funding goal:……

      1. William Mougayar

        thanks LE to you and many many others from AVC, too many to name. 208% to be exact, and I did minimal self-promotion, and without a video. I just like to make it harder for me to succeed. It feels better. the old fashioned way, by earning it. 🙂

    3. pointsnfigures

      I think you can promote yourself as long as you interact, listen, etc. Most VCs I follow just pimp their portfolio companies or blogposts and that is it. Me me me. No different than any business or politician. The value in VCs being on Twitter is when they actually interact or do a tweetstorm.

  5. kirklove


    1. fredwilson

      #pimp&hater to be accurate

  6. RichardF

    “This exchange yesterday reminded me that I should let everyone know this” you should tweet it then maybe 😉

  7. Jud Waite

    Fred, wondering if you could publish the results of the number of AVC twitter followers, before and after this post, sometime tomorrow. Curious to see the quantifiable impact of this post on your following.

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen

      “followers_count”: 10544Can run again tomorrow this time.

    2. fredwilson

      Too late. Didn’t count before I posted

      1. Ana Milicevic

        You can see it in the Analytics tab for the @avc account. It breaks down # of followers per day.

    3. Kirsten Lambertsen

      Followers count now: 10678

      1. Jud Waite

        Thanks, Kirsten! 134 new followers (probably a bit more from the initial publication), very cool!

  8. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Might be worth adding this to your fredwilson profile:”AVC blog posts tweeted at @avc”I’m guessing you don’t look at @avc ? I @’d it yesterday evening when AVC was 502’ing.

  9. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Hasn’t Tyler Hogge heard? Everybody shares their blog posts on Snapchat now 😉

    1. pointsnfigures

      uff da.

  10. jason wright

    what would you estimate is your average daily written word count across all platforms and media?

  11. creative group

    Twitter is far from dead but neglect to fix it and it will.It appears Vladimir Dracula, Count of Transylvania (Grandpa Munster) will not winanything outside of Texas if that.

    1. pointsnfigures

      He did pretty well considering. Won Oklahoma. Bad night for Rubio.

      1. creative group

        pointsnfigures:The Cruz & Rubio supporters and the Republican establishment still are in denial. Pretty good is term used after getting spanked in seven other states the so called evangelicals and strong conservatives should have giving Cruz wins. Give everyone a break. Trump nomination will be a gift to the Democrats for another eight years. The new desperation is that Trump is working with Hillary. Give us a break. When will this desperation and panic end.#independentsstrong#twopartysystemhurtingus

  12. jason wright

    How much Twitter stock does Trump own i wonder?

    1. Donna Brewington White

      He could just buy the whole thing.

  13. fredwilson

    can’t take a hit

  14. LE

    I have no idea what that means in context to this. For me (and the rest of the girls) here, can you please explain?

  15. Donna Brewington White

    Although I see him in the comments more today. I might actually prefer that he phone in the post occasionally (or punt on the 3rd down???*) if it means engaging more. Don’t know a sports analogy for the latter.*I have no idea what I just said.

  16. falicon

    Punting – means to turn possession over without really trying…in football, if you don’t think you are going to get a first down, you punt the ball to the other team and then play defense.Also in football – you get 4 tries to get a 1st down (usually 10 yards away from where you start)…if you get the 1st down, you get 4 more tries (and so that is how you drive down the field).So this comment as a whole just means that he gave up on writing/sharing anything of value today…he punted…and the insult is that he didn’t even do it on 4th down (he did it instead on 3rd down — something that is almost *never* done)….Fred’s response also was just in jest to say that, as the quarterback, he was worried about the hits he might take on this next play…so he chose to punt…Sports references are the best references/context/witty banter ever! 😉

  17. Donna Brewington White

    I would be offended that you assumed girls wouldn’t know what that meant… if I had any idea what it meant.

  18. LE

    Great explanation [1]. The girls thank you.My guess was that it roughly translated to “phone it in” but from your explanation that is a different concept. In football it seems “phone it in” would be when you think you have a commanding lead on the other team and you let your guard down by not playing your best and the other team can then score points and potentially win.[1] But then again what do I know?

  19. pointsnfigures

    He didn’t want to break his Cal Ripken like streak for blogging.

  20. Donna Brewington White

    Thanks, Kev. Feeling enlightened.

  21. falicon

    Can be lots of different concepts really…dominating and not worried…getting crushed and are too scared…or the worst of all, just don’t care regardless…but your initial guess, “phoning it in” is what I believe is meant by @ccrystle:disqus’s initial comment (in a loving jest sort of way) 🙂

  22. LE

    In the spirit of that I present the “maybe soda is good for you award” whereby I acknowledge that perhaps I would be better off if I did know more about sports.Along those lines here is an interesting Malcolm Gladwell [1] article dated 2005 where he talks about a Steven Johnson book “Everything bad is good for you”.I printed this out in 2009 but never read it. My wife gave me a bunch of things to throw away and I happened to take a glance prior to doing so. What I found was that I may be to harsh on my stepson with his video game binges, and maybe I am actually wrong! Curious what you think about this, I have never played a single video game, I’d rather write a small program and have fun that way.…Johnson develops the same argument about video games. Most of the people who denounce video games, he says, haven’t actually played them—at least, not recently. Twenty years ago, games like Tetris or Pac-Man were simple exercises in motor coördination and pattern recognition. Today’s games belong to another realm. Johnson points out that one of the “walk-throughs” for “Grand Theft Auto III”—that is, the informal guides that break down the games and help players navigate their complexities—is fifty-three thousand words long, about the length of his book. The contemporary video game involves a fully realized imaginary world, dense with detail and levels of complexity. He then goes on somewhat to say that reading books doesn’t hold a candle to playing video games (at least fiction books I am guessing).Lot’s of other interesting observations in this article.Edit: My concern was not so much that he played video games but that he appeared to be addicted to playing video games.[1] A customer of mine I will brag.

  23. LE

    Classic Steve Martin (w Chris Farley and Lorne Michaels) opening sketch on HULU:”Not gonna phone it in”On hulu, you will have to wait 30 seconds for a commercial.…Technically speaking (hah) putting in nominal effort is phoning it in….