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Grabbing For More Twitter Followers?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2009

As y’all know, I’m on Twitter, and if you didn’t know then you’ve probably wondered what that big blue bird on the right over there is all about.

I’ve written about Twitter more than I’d care to admit, yet there’s always something more to talk about. In this case, I’m going to talk about people who try to get as many Twitter people following them as they can.

I’ve never been one who’s thought about how many people are following me. Some folks get really obsessed about it, then turn around and say they want to start unsubscribing from people who aren’t following them back, who aren’t saying anything, and many other reasons. I know there were certain people I wanted to follow specifically, mostly friends, and a couple of relatively famous people, but otherwise, I’ve just kind of let it grow as it grows. I’ve never really even thought about trying to get it to grow, and couldn’t think of a reason why I might want to.

Then I read this post by Scott Allen titled 5 Reasons Why You Need Lots Of Twitter Followers Now And How To Get Them, and I started thinking about it some more. In general, Scott’s main premise is that having lots of people following you helps you get your message across and helps you gain in popularity, which could be a big deal if you’re hoping to get known by lots of people for the ultimate success of your business or career. He makes some really good arguments, and I hope you go over and read the article, just to see how someone else thinks about it if nothing else.

So, I started thinking about this premise from a different direction. One of my long term goals is to be a professional speaker and presenter, and to get that done one has to be somewhat known. Well, if you’re better known, you’ll make more money per presentation. But is Twitter really the way I want to get there?

Scott shared this site called Twitterholic, which tracks the top 100 Twitter people as it pertains to followers, and I have to admit that I was stunned by some of the numbers. I can understand CNN news alerts being at the top of the list, but Ashton Kutcher being number two with over 730,000 followers, which is a phenomenal number. How many people is Ashton following; 60, that’s it. The person with the lowest number of followers on the list has almost 164,000 of them; that person is only following 34 people back.

In the end, that’s one reason why I think I’m going to stick with doing it my way. I’m not following as many people that are following me, but I’m right on the verge of 1,000 people. I actually talk to some of the people I follow, and they talk to me. I’ve always thought about the internet as an interactive agent, a chance for me to learn things by research, but also a chance for me to learn about people, and about myself, by having the opportunity to meet some of them.

Numbers for numbers sake, other than money, means nothing to me. If I get 200,000 people following me by means that aren’t necessarily natural, then did any of those people take the time to figure out who I am, decide that they actually like some of what I have to say, enjoyed talking to me, and, ultimately, retweets and shares some of what I have to say to them? And if they’re not sharing anything I offer on Twitter, then is it really helping me to have more numbers just because, as is said in every other venture, the more numbers one has, the more opportunities there are that someone will discover you and share information about you?

Possibly, but it’s not for me. I had my own little bit of notoriety a few days ago when someone wrote a Twitter post about how restaurants in the NYC area don’t always treat minorities properly, and I shared my own experience with a restaurant in Westchester County that irritated me to no end. Within the next two hours, my post was retweeted 9 times; I found that phenomenal, but also illuminating.

When people are touched in some way with what you have to say, they’ll share it with others. I get many requests from followers every day, so I figure I’m doing well doing things my way. Of course, though I still don’t know why so many people are following me, I still have my list of people who I don’t want to follow on Twitter, and it still seems to be appropriate.

But, for those of you who Twitter, you may have your own thoughts on all of this. Feel free to share.


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Brandon:

I just followed you buddy, and plugged you with my 650 followers…hope it helps!
Best,
TAM

April 13th, 2009 | 11:04 AM
Mitch:

Thanks Brandon; I appreciate that. As I said, I’m not quite doing a grab for folks, but if it grows, I wouldn’t be depressed.

April 13th, 2009 | 11:14 AM
almir:

that’s pretty good Brandon you sure have a lot of followers but how are you intriguing them

almir´s last blog post..Review Of “The One And Only” Atomic Blogging 3.0

May 10th, 2009 | 3:12 AM
Brandon:

I’m not doing enough, that is for sure. I have not figured out how to make it happen with my followers and how to create meaningful conversations. Thanks for the prompt!

May 12th, 2009 | 9:43 AM
Mitch:

Actually Brandon, I find it easy to start conversations, but realize that not every person is going to want to talk that much. But I’ve met some pretty interesting people by starting a conversation, and that’s always nice.

May 12th, 2009 | 10:37 AM
almir:

oh okay thanks for responding

almir´s last blog post..Review Of The Email Messenger “Mostly Known” As AWEBER

May 12th, 2009 | 8:38 PM
Brandon:

Oh ya! I’m @almostblog
Hope you had a great holiday!

April 13th, 2009 | 11:47 AM
DS Fly Rods:

Now, from a marketing perspective I can see the usefulness of twitter. If you were the Pope or the Dalai Lama, I would understand the huge following. But, come on – who cares when AK has a spiritual BM. The majority of twitter and twitterers is time wasting imho.

DS Fly Rods´s last blog post..The Pheasant Tail Nymph

April 13th, 2009 | 11:56 AM
Mitch:

Hi DS; I think I agree that a lot of it is time wasting, probably on both ends. But as you also say, it can have some impact for some folks. For instance, I do seem to get some blog readers from Twitter whenever I have a new post, so it has at least a minor impact for me.

April 13th, 2009 | 12:32 PM
almir:

I certainly agree twitter is a time waster and is something you need to have time for in order to use it if your not busy

almir´s last blog post..Review Of The Email Messenger “Mostly Known” As AWEBER

May 12th, 2009 | 8:41 PM

I think to some extent, numbers do impress people and give you some bit of credibility. When you find a blog with thousands of subscribers, you are likely to take their advice on how to get more readership more seriously than a blog with less than 100. If you find a Twitter user with tons of followers, you might be more likely to think they know what they’re Tweeting about. It’s not necessarily true, but it’s more about perspective I guess.

The way I look at it, the larger my audience, the better the chance that each item I post will be well received by someone in that crowd who may share it with their followers as well. Plus I also get the benefit of always seeing something new and interesting when I sign on, thanks to the number of people I subscribe to. I like variety. 🙂

~ Kristi

Kikolani´s last blog post..Twitter Lingo & Tips For New Twitter & Facebook Users

April 14th, 2009 | 10:34 AM
Mitch:

Hi Kristi; first, I hope you have a wonderful wedding, and I wish I could tell you to mail me a piece of cake, but it probably wouldn’t taste the same. lol

Second, as I said, I’m somewhat ambivalent, but at the rate people seem to be finding me lately, at least I get to screen who’s following me and decide who I want to follow back. I figure most of the people following me won’t care that I don’t follow them back, as they probably won’t remember they’re following me to begin with, so it’s all good.

But I’m not going to go running after people, although, if they tell me they found me on Twitter through this blog, I will add them. After all, I support loyalty.

April 14th, 2009 | 1:37 PM
almir:

i certainly agree with your insight because its very true especially with what krisi had to share

almir´s last blog post..Vital Tips That Can Aid Any Blogger

April 24th, 2009 | 2:18 PM

PS. Thanks for linking to Twitterholic… I just found out I am #2 by location in AZ.

http://twitterholic.com/top100/followers/bylocation/AZ/

Kikolani´s last blog post..Twitter Lingo & Tips For New Twitter & Facebook Users

April 14th, 2009 | 10:38 AM
almir:

wow that’s great for you kristi that your number 2 in your state

almir´s last blog post..Review Of The Email Messenger “Mostly Known” As AWEBER

May 12th, 2009 | 9:02 PM

We’re ALL writing about twitter these days–amazing how this site came on like gangbusters.

You know, I’ve already said my piece about twitter. I do love the concept and I do believe having lots of followers can only be good if you have a marketable product or business. I guess I just dread the thought of not being able to interact with everyone–even though tweetdeck is supposed to help with that.

I just found out I’m #19 in my area. I was so sure I’d be in the Top 5 LOL!

Beverly Mahone´s last blog post..Getting Your Name Out There

April 14th, 2009 | 1:53 PM
Mitch:

The thing about your business, Bev, is that you’re happy having only a few clients to work with at a time. For me, I want to have people clamoring for my services, especially since I offer so many, and getting the word out behooves me. Having said that, I’m still not the one to go grabbing after folks who could care less about my message to begin with.

I have no idea where I rank for my area. Seems they’ve grouped me in with folks from England. 🙁

April 14th, 2009 | 2:24 PM
iceman baldy:

I like this post. I agree with not going after followers simply for the sake of being able to brag about your numbers. I’m not at all a fan of the scripts that promise to add tens of thousands of followers to your account. The best followers are those who truly have an interest in what you have to say–anything else is useless inflation.

iceman baldy´s last blog post..Wanna Be a Rockstar Internet Marketer?

April 14th, 2009 | 8:39 PM
Mitch:

With you 100%, Iceman. What’s funny is that there have been a lot of people suddenly following me over the last week, which put me over 1,000, but I’ve been noticing that some of the new people have tens of thousands following them, and it makes me wonder why they’ve decided to follow me, or how they even found out about me.

April 14th, 2009 | 9:19 PM

I don’t mind having followers but I rarely accept them unless I choose to follow them as well. Seems only fair.

As for his premise about having a whole lot of followers, it seems to me that mathematically he is shooting himself in the foot, especially if you reciprocate.

Sire´s last blog post..Blogging As A Source Of Information

April 15th, 2009 | 4:40 AM
Mitch:

Sire, I’ve never even thought about removing anyone following me; I figure why waste my time with it. Let them follow, and if they get tired of me, then they’ll move on.

April 15th, 2009 | 7:14 AM

You know Mitch, I never thought of it that way. After all it’s not like I asked them to follow me.

April 17th, 2009 | 9:13 AM
Mitch:

Exactly, Sire. And, who knows, someone might be following you just to know when you update your blog, or to glean knowledge you impart to them in some fashion; one never knows. 😉

April 17th, 2009 | 9:51 AM
khaled:

I think its ok to have followers that you don’t follow in return. If I find what someone has to say interesting or beneficial it doesn’t mean they may find the same from me. If you benefit follow someone if you don’t, then I don’t see the point in following them just to reciprocate.

April 15th, 2009 | 6:09 AM
Mitch:

Way to state it, Khaled, as I’m in total agreement with you.

April 15th, 2009 | 7:15 AM
almir:

exactly right that’s great insight that’s exactly why i refuse or hate to use twitter because that’s what others would say themselves

almir´s last blog post..Review Of The Email Messenger “Mostly Known” As AWEBER

May 12th, 2009 | 8:44 PM
Mitch:

Okay Almir, this statement doesn’t make any sense, I have to say. Why would you care what anyone else had to say if you enjoyed yourself on Twitter? Obviously I use Twitter often, but I use it however I feel like using it.

May 12th, 2009 | 8:52 PM
Krish:

Hi Mitch,

Nice post and worth reading it. I agree with you that its makes no sense to have 20000 follwers by unnatural means. Its very important to have followers who like you post or articles and give you valuable feedbacks. At the same time its equally important that we follow people with whom you love to interact.I have hardly 100 follower but am happy and slowly working to increase my audience. Oh by the way thanks for all your comments in my blog. Really appreciate it.

Cheers
Krish

Krish´s last blog post..6 Simple Ways to Improve Internal Blog Linkings

April 15th, 2009 | 6:12 AM
Mitch:

Glad to have you stop by, Krish, and I’m glad I stopped by your blog also. I have to admit that I don’t interact with all of the people I follow, but at a moment’s notice I will write any one of them and say something. That’s how I got to talk to Guy Kawasaki this past summer.

April 15th, 2009 | 7:16 AM
almir:

numbers by any means doesn’t necessarily mean that your a popular guy or not it just means that the person getting a large following is getting all kinds of people following them no matter what it is he or she is interested in.

almir´s last blog post..Review Of The Email Messenger “Mostly Known” As AWEBER

May 12th, 2009 | 8:47 PM
Mitch:

I know what you mean, Dennis, but a part of your subscribers came as the result of one of your contests. I hope you at least kept those folks.

Still, I’m wondering where all these people are coming from, but I have to say that I picked up a gem from one of the Twitter folks I followed last week that could turn out to be a big thing for me, if I decide to implement it.

April 15th, 2009 | 10:44 AM
Mitch:

One, because I’m not necessarily sure it’s legitimate, and two, that’s not quite the way I want to build up my Twitter followers.As it is, I’ve probably added close to 100 new followers in the last 3 or 4 days, and everyone else is probably using it, which is probably how they’re finding me, so I really don’t have much of a need to use it. 🙂

April 15th, 2009 | 3:53 PM
Career Gears:

i prefer following people who give some useful info some times some people keep posting what they are listening too and links to their new blog post,
i like to keep track of whats going so i also follow CNN on twitter and some famous peoples

Career Gears´s last blog post..CBSE Schools in Coimbatore

April 16th, 2009 | 8:16 AM
Mitch:

Thanks for joining in, Neil. Those are the types of people I try to follow also, especially if they’re talking about something I’m interested in learning about. I do recognize, though, that I may miss a lot of posts, as, with TweetDeck, I have it set to only show the last 500 new posts at a time.

April 16th, 2009 | 9:09 AM
almir:

yeah but why follow celebrities their just like people wait they are people that make a large amount of unnatural money for doing nothing what’s so interesting about them.

almir´s last blog post..Review Of The Email Messenger “Mostly Known” As AWEBER

May 12th, 2009 | 8:52 PM
david@ malaysia florist:

thanks for sharing these useful twitter tips

April 16th, 2009 | 10:23 AM
wilhb81:

Mitch, do you think that Ashton Kutcher will be able to attract more than one million followers at Twitter?

Honestly, I only have around 1,500 Twitter followers until today! How about yours?

April 18th, 2009 | 2:05 AM
Mitch:

You must have missed it, Wil, because he already did it, declared by CNN as a news break story, or all things, early this morning. The problem some people found is that they’ve had problems unfollowing him after the fact, which serves them right for playing along.

My Twitter follow count is now around 1,100, which stuns me because only last week I was around 925, I think. And I’m not even trying.

April 18th, 2009 | 2:09 AM
almir:

wow he has 1 million twitter followers unbelievable !!! A multi millionaire using twitter now thats just weird.

almir´s last blog post..Review Of The Email Messenger “Mostly Known” As AWEBER

May 12th, 2009 | 8:57 PM
marc lohan:

I have also 500+ followers on twitter.

April 20th, 2009 | 4:08 AM
Mitch:

I’m now up to 1,150 followers; wow!

April 20th, 2009 | 9:11 AM
almir:

wow Mitch thats great thats a lot of twitter followers you have a lot more than me because i’m not really much of a text messanger kind of person so i don’t really like twitter but i might consider using it a lot more heavily since everyone else is

almir´s last blog post..Vital Tips That Can Aid Any Blogger

April 24th, 2009 | 2:22 PM
Mitch:

Almir, Twitter can be a big time waster, but it can also be a lot of fun if you choose to do it. Oddly enough, I guess I’m turning into somewhat of a Twitter celebrity, according to some statistics, probably because I tend to talk to people and share other Twitter messages with my followers as much as I tend to post my little bits of advertising. Like almost everything else, you get out of it whatever you put into it.

April 24th, 2009 | 3:20 PM
almir:

Mitch very funny i’m sure many would agree. But you know what I noticed Twitter’s become so popular a basketball player was banned from using it in the locker room imagine that, a rich guy using Twitter now that’s pure insanity who would figure.

almir´s last blog post..Vital Tips That Can Aid Any Blogger

April 25th, 2009 | 2:14 PM
Mitch:

You’re talking about Shaq, and he got on Twitter after learning that someone else was impersonating him, then decided he liked it.

April 25th, 2009 | 3:32 PM
Scott Allen:

You wrote:

“f I get 200,000 people following me by means that aren’t necessarily natural, then did any of those people take the time to figure out who I am, decide that they actually like some of what I have to say, enjoyed talking to me, and, ultimately, retweets and shares some of what I have to say to them? And if they’re not sharing anything I offer on Twitter, then is it really helping me to have more numbers just because, as is said in every other venture, the more numbers one has, the more opportunities there are that someone will discover you and share information about you?”

The answers are “yes” and “yes”. Approaching the 20K mark now, I can tell you that out of all that growth, I DO get more retweets, I DO get more replies back when I post something. Is it proportional to the number of followers, i.e., am I getting 5x more at 20K than I was at a “natural” 4K? No. It’s about 2.5x. Still… why wouldn’t I want that? Except for the approximately one hour a week I’m spending to drive that growth, there’s zero cost to having followers on an ongoing basis.

So far…totally happy with the results.

May 5th, 2009 | 10:47 AM
Mitch:

First, welcome Scott. Second, I hope some folks left here and went to read your original article.

Third, let me ask you this. I know you wanted to increase numbers so that it increased the opportunities for people to retweet your stuff, as well as more people reading it in general. Is it increasing the number of overall visitors to your blog or website in any significant numbers? Have you gotten any business out of it, or at least the opportunity to possibly do business with someone?

Right now, I can say that I’ve gotten more blog visitors, but that’s about it. I haven’t had anyone who’s seen me on Twitter and determined that they needed to work with me; maybe I’m not profound enough, but still,… Of course, what I’m looking to do with my business and what you do in yours are totally different, and Twitter works better with yours. So, that could mean something.

May 5th, 2009 | 11:24 AM