Putting a cap on it.. your Twitter followers, that is.
Posted by JasMollica
“I’ve decided to cap my twitter #s. 500 is my limit for both followers/following. To con’t having good conversations I think it’s necessary.”
I was surprised that someone would come right out and say that they would do this. I thought it was counterproductive to what social media is all about. I’ve been lucky enough to chat with Andrea in the past on Brazen Careerist and at her blog. So I asked her, why would you want to put a cap on your followers/following? She told me that capping her followers allows her to be more interactive with her audience by being selective in the content she receives.
“Think of the experience you get going to a small, intimate restaurant, where the food is prepared with care and the chef comes out to greet his/her patrons,” Andrea said. “It’s a completely different vibe then the mass produced chain, where the food is fast and familiar and where chefs could really care less about 1 on 1 interactions and more about productivity.”
Ok, I can see where Andrea is coming from here. I’ve complained in the past about followers and jacking up numbers. She’s been “flushing” both following/followers who either aren’t active or don’t recognize them. “By continually taking part in flushes there will always be new opportunities to connect with new followers,” Andrea said. “This approach is very fluid, offering constant change and new opportunities, while being efficient.”
I was so appreciative of Andrea starting this discussion and I told her up front that I disagreed. My feelings are that when you enter social media, it’s a discussion. Whether it is 400, 500, or 1,000 followers, if you are engaging with others in the the conversation that is the important part. I want meaningful conversation and I believe I have that with most of the people on my lists.
Here is your question… would you put a cap on your followers and/or who you follow?
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 March 31, 2010, in Hot Topic, Media, Personal Branding, Social Media, Uncategorized and tagged Andrea Lewis, Brazen Careerist, cap, Detroit, followers, following, Jason Mollica, Marketing, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.