A-Twitter over followers
Posted by JasMollica
Nearly a year ago, I logged onto Twitter for the first time. It was a life changing experience that helped me become more social media-minded and opened my world into becoming a better public relations practitioner. I am thankful to have over 350 followers, a good portion of which I chat with on a regular basis.
- Tweeting out garbage, like “Best weight loss drug EVER.”
- Had over 15,000 followers and it was clear they were just trying up their numbers.
- Just followed me because I was following someone that was in their region.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m very pleased to get an e-mail that says so-and-so is following me. It means that I’ve said something worthwhile in a Tweet or they’ve read my blog and wanted to see what other Tweets I’ve got up my sleeve. However, what has bugged me for some time is those that add you just to up their follower/following count.
My argument is that if you aren’t going to really contribute something to the conversation, why bother?I’m a big proponent of using social media to be SOCIAL. I like to talk. It’s part of my job. But to just add me to make your numbers higher is a waste of time, mine AND yours. I respect those that have high follower/following numbers and are really adding value to the Twitterverse. But, if you are just retweeting everything and anything, all the while not adding value, what does that prove?
I see the other side as well. There are paid Tweeters out there who are trying to make some coin. Good for you, I’m all for doing what you can to earn a dollar. However, I’m not going to be following.
Let me know your thoughts!
About JasMollica"It's never too late to have a life and it's never too late to change one." That's something I tell students, friends, and family all the time. After living and working in New York City, I took my own advice in 2004, switched my career from the television/radio industry and got into public relations. Now, I spend my days as a PR/social media marketing consultant and get inspired daily. It's been a good ride, so far. But the car has plenty of gas left. I hope you'll join along in this guy's journey!
Posted on February 15, 2010, in Hot Topic, Public Relations, Social Media, Uncategorized and tagged advice, experience, following, Jason Mollica, practitioner, Public Relations, Social Media, tweets, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.