Hello, my name is Bob, and I’m a Twitterholic.
Yes. It’s affecting my work life, my social life, my sex life. OK, maybe not that…yet. But I am taking steps to control it. Really. I am. I have lots of 3rd party Twitter apps that give me much more control than you get with your basic account. I know, I know, I should just quit altogether.Â But I am fascinated by this thing. At least until the next thing comes along.
One of the things that confounds me though: Out of the 6 million?users on Twitter, how many of them are worth having as followers? I don’t use tricks to get followers, but as of this posting I have 615 followers.Â But so what? That’s not a huge amount. I am consistently followed by people who have thousands of followers. For example, here’s a recent follower’s statistics: “7621 Following | 7932 Followers | Ratio: 1 | 8834 Updates – On Twitter Since April 17, 2009 (46 days ago)”. Huh? How could this person post nearly 9,000 tweets in 46 days? And why does he have so many followers in such a short period of time? I’ve been on Twitter for over a year. Maybe it’s because I don’t promise lots of riches for almost no effort. So, who cares if this person follows me? I’d much prefer, 100 followers who actually read my tweets and have something to share besides get rich quick schemes.
What’s a follower like that worth? Not much.
I would love a way to screen these folks out. Anyone know of such an app?
Done properly, a Twitter marketing campaign can produce a massive effect on customers and sales whether your business is online or offline. |If you are utilizing Twitter for the internet marketing, you must be aware of the importance of the followers, there’s no advantadge in usingTwitter if you cannot get the other users to follow you.
Wow. I may have to “act now!”
Hey checkout my about twitter adder
As a top Twitter business user, I was sent an advance copy of the Tweet Adder System for my review. This is by far the best Networking Tool I have used for Twitter!
615 followers? Wow! I think that I have three. Family, of course.
I’d trade 1000 followers to get rid of my blog troll. I wonder if I could buy Xbox points to have him digitally whacked?
Switching to WordPress would probably be cheaper.
Not so, my friend. Can be a huge time saver. You just have to know how.
Gold mine, my butt … it’s just a new millennium version of Pong, and you said it yourself – it’s a huge time vampire.
Of course it’s not possible to give your attention to hundreds or thousands of people you follow. But there are tools you can use to track the ones you really value and catch the others as you find the time…or not. Information overload is a real issue. For me, anyway.
Glad you got value from the Tweet. Twitter is a gold mine of information if you give your attention to the right places.
I imagine if a third party could do that, they would get Twitter’s attention in a big hurry! Twitter is really struggling with the spammer issue at the moment.
I joined Twitter a while ago but only started using it recently. There’s a lot of people in my professional niche that are networking on Twitter, and I want to put my presence out there. I don’t really know how many of my followers are real people, but I can say thanks to bit.ly statistics that there’s a good 20-30 people that click on just about every link I share.
I loved the story you Tweeted the other day about Facebook currency.. got me thinking about all these odd digital currencies in this age when our real currencies are in shambles. Should I invest in Euros, or Xbox points?
How is it possible to follow hundreds of people anyway? I’m up to 60, not all of whom tweet regularly, and I can’t keep up.
You’re right. There is no harm in them following except that it makes the term and the count of followers meaningless. Also, because of a service I set up I get an email every time someone follows me and seeing the statistics of those followers is annoying. So, I am suffering through my own devices. Some may be robots. Most are, I suspect, are ‘network marketers’.
What does it matter if “they” (or are they robots?) are following you. You don’t have to follow them. Are they getting away with something by following you?