Why a big following on Twitter is a scam

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First of all Dixon – great choice on the new blog design, love it. Especially the huge subscribe box top right!

Onto the post – very valid points. I think its very easy to make yourself popular, but then as you say ‘now what?’ Unless you plan on pushing some product or scam onto your followers, its all a bit pointless if they’re not interested in what you have to say.

It’s highly likely they’ll unfollow you soon enough and in the meantime you end up with a feed of irrelevant stuff too, obscuring the tweets that are actually useful to you.

It kinda equates to buying dirt cheap untargeted traffic to your website. I could do this in the recruitment industry, but what would be the point if the quality is poor and they have no real interest in what I’m offering.

said Gary Robinson on February 27th, 2009 at 11:56 am

I’ve noticed an influx of new followers that have little use for my Tweedle.

I just don’t follow them.

There are any number of tools you can go to for suggestions and by just keeping on clicking you can build up a nice stable.

Dixon’s right, quality over quantity – some people really are starting to believe their own hype – especially those folks who say in their bios that they are an “internet guru”……………….DELETE!

said Mel Carson on February 27th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for the vote on the new site Gary! I’m pretty pleased. It does have some things that are wrong with it… like text in an image! UGH! and after such a clever tag-line too! I’ll have to get that fixed.

Of course, I used the word “Scam” a little liberally here, but I’m sure that – as you say Mel – people are getting Hoisted up their own Patard. OK – you didn’t say that… what you said made more sense…

>>>folks who say in their bios that they are an “internet guru”……………….DELETE!<<<

LOL. No risk of that from me. If anyone out there is under the illusion that I know more than them, they just haven’t thought enough for themselves yet. (But then, I’m probably older and thus had more time to think than most)

said Dixon Jones on February 27th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

That all makes sense. I only follow a handful of people I don’t know personally although I’ll admit to a momentary frisson when I reached 100 followers.

We should be able to work out a much more accurate “RealTwit” value, for example, taking yours:

500 followers / 309 following = 1.62RT
mine is:
119 followers / 79 following = 1.51RT (damnit you’re still more popular :)

BUT we’d also need to factor in various other activities:
+How many general posts you make in a day
+How many people reply to you
+How many people you reply to

Mash those weightings together using that statistics thingy you’ve got and let me know the completed RealTwit formula so you can prove you REALLY are more popular than me ;-)

Having lots of friends in Facebook is also another “vanity counter” but it does get you access to their pics in exchange for your friendship.

Hmmn, I wonder what I’m avoiding doing instead of this post?

Agree, your blog design is looking great.

said Joe Connor on March 2nd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I think you’re taking it all a bit too seriously Joe :)

said Dixon Jones on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Darren Rowse from Pro Blogger started following me today. I felt quite honoured until I saw that he was following 9000 other people. I don’t see much point in following back, not did I see what value he was gaining from following 9000 people.

said chris on March 3rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Just started on Twitter at the SES London conference. Twitter is just starting up in Denmark, and it took the SES conference and Dave Snyder to convience me about this.

There are two types of twitteres … nosy people and interesting people. If you only have few people following you and follow a lot of people – then you are nosy. If a lot of people follow you, and you only follow a few then you are interesting.

Well – i’m a nosy Twitter

said Steen Ohman on March 4th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Can I just say that I didn’t win the lottery last week?

said Mike Rotch on February 3rd, 2012 at 3:45 pm

you didn’t? I won the Euro-nigerian-netherlands-multiball-billions at least five times. Not QUITE sure how to collect though…

said admin on February 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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