I enjoy Twitter. It’s easy to update. The low character limit, rather than being a hindrance, encourages people to start using it who would never think of started a self-serving blog. It’s easy to put off a quick statement without having to think too much about it. I find I update Twitter far more than this blog.
I’m getting lots of followers. This is good for the ego until I look at who they are. On any given day, I will get a few email like the following:
|SomebodyYouDontKnow is following you on Twitter.|
|Status Updates: 121|
Now, I ask you . . . how can someone follow the status updates of over 1400 people? How is it even possible? Why would someone want to do it?
I get two or three of these type of followers a day.
I’m also seeing a lot of articles on the web titled “How to increase you followers in Twitter”. It’s like the new SEO. There are people now calling themselves “Social Media Consultants”.
I suspect that people follow thousands of people so that those people will in turn follow them. It makes sense I guess– you send more mail when you want to get more mail. However, there is just something spammy about this. Maybe they are looking for the top spot in the Twitter stats.
Twitter is not like Facebook where you have to give permission to people so they can see your status. You can search all tweets (unless the author specifically selects to option to make it private)– so there is no reason to follow 14k or more people.
A few years ago, I kept getting contacted by SEO charlatans saying things like “I can get your company in the top 10 on Google.” It was a ridiculous statement. I asked if they knew what my business did or what keywords I wanted, but they didn’t.
I now soon expect to be told, “I can get you 20k followers on Twitter. ” But who wants that?