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Why the Number of People Following you Doesn’t Matter.

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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.

Anyone agree?

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I’d love to hear your story or thoughts on mine.

However, to prevent the massive amounts of spam I was receiving I have turned off comments on any post older than 5 days old. If you'd like to leave me a note regarding this post or anything really try me on twitter (@RoniNoone,) my Facebook page, or even IG (@RoniNoone) I'm so sorry for the inconvenience. I never thought I'd have to do this but it's gotten way out of hand and comment management has become simply too time consuming to manage.


There are 6 comments so far.

    Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy

    September 24, 2009

    Ha! You linked to one of the only posts I wrote on TwiTip! :) The sentiment behind the post was providing a complete “picture” to people that land on your profile page – some that I’ve seen are incredibly vague or lacking in detail.

    It’s definitely not about the followers, but the engagement – and I think it’s bi-directional – I don’t follow many people because I don’t think I have time to be interested or involved with a large number.


    September 24, 2009

    LOL SO funny. I didn’t mean any disrespect and to be honest I wasn’t going to link to that one because a majority was more aesthetic things. But the idea behind the title of the post was what caught my attention.

    And I agree… It is about engagement. I’ve been reducing the number of people I follow for that reason as well.

    Debby Beachy

    September 24, 2009

    Wow, Thank you Roni I tried to say this in a video. I get tired of hearing about the masses when its more about quality of people, making friends and connecting. Every friend I’ve make has been made because I read their profile and liked them NOT because of software. I was guilty for using twitter friend-adder…dumb even when I was trying to target groups I would get all kind of people I wanted nothing to do with, as we had nothing in common. Needless to say I dumped the software, never to use again.
    Anyway I just had to comment…


    September 24, 2009

    My twitter followers fluctuate to much!
    That said, I get followed by a lot of APIs and bots, who soon get flushed out of the twitter system, artificially inflating the number.
    It’s like the opposite of the scale, you want to see the numbers go UP, not down! =)
    So I am slightly obsessed with my twitter followers, though it’s on a micro level, with just friends and people I know IRL.


    September 24, 2009

    I agree with you. I can’t tell you how many people have randomly added me with thousands on their lists, and jiberish in their posts. I ignore them. They care nothing about me and what I’m doing, and I have no interest in what they’ve posted.