Researching twitter tools for a project at work I wrote this real quick after getting tired of finding article after article on how to increase followers.
ahhh Twitter. Love it? Hate it? It’s here, let’s deal.
Me? I’m a fan. I have met great people, had some awesome conversations and even landed an opportunity to be quoted in Wired magazine because of Twitter. But all this talk on number of followers and how to get more is so… so… ugh. I mean I guess it has a lot to do with your individual goals but if you are using twitter as a means to update, communicate and connect to REAL people then I say, who cares?
What are tools like Twitter Adder or Featured Users really getting you? A bunch of other twitter-ers seeking a bunch of followers? Are those really the kind of people/businesses you want following you anyway? And all these tips on how to be "worth" following or how to use your profile to get more followers. Since when does changing your voice or manipulating who you are a good idea?
I’m not naive. I know more followers mean more influence which could mean more money. If you are blogging or using social media for business purposes I sort of get it. But seriously does it all come down to a High School popularity contest? Wouldn’t you want 50 followers that really care about what you have to say instead of 100,000 who have no idea what you are about?
One of the reasons Twitter is so interesting is because there really is no "right" way to use it. Despite what some people think. Not all of us are using twitter commercially. Some of us just like to express ourselves, share our story and find other like minded people.