This made me smile – an article questioning how people follow thousands of other people on Twitter/social networks

Thanks to Loudmouthman for tweeting about The Campaign For Real Blogs - Turn off the A list in May

I'm a big fan of Twitter. If you wonder what it is then read Twitter explained thanks to Steve Clayton et al.

I particularly like the Twitter mobile site which works beautifully from my Windows (or any other decent) mobile phone.

For me the reason Twitter is interesting is that I can listen to ("follow" in Twitter parlance) people I find interesting and receive their (max) 140 character micro blog posts and conversely they can follow me. Some people (referred to as "the a-list" in the post referred to by loudmouthman) follow thousands of people - there's no way they can establish meaningful relationships/conversations with that many people! Presumably they use automated tools to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Note: I use it for business (to forge working relationships and keep up to date with what's going on) and socially.

Where do I find the time? Well I spend even less time on email and hardly use Facebook any more. I still like the group membership (and notifications of changes) in Facebook.

Comments (4)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Keith> I follow 57 people and have 43 followers myself.

    I’ve been using Twitter for a couple of months and have posted 766 updates so far. I find it really useful to keep tabs on what’s going on and to network with interesting people

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tobie> Thanks – I know of the app you refer to. I choose to be selective over whom can follow me hence don’t open it up to my facebook audience as a whole. I’m trying to manage the signal to noise ratio

  3. Anonymous says:

    How many people do you follow?  How many follow you?

    I’ve been off twitter all day… to get some work done.  🙂

  4. Tobie Fysh says:

    Steve – add to Facebook and then Twitter can update your Facebook status.

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