I’ve been on twitter since 2007 years and have watched my twitter follower numbers gradually increase over this time.
I think it’s fair to assume that my 5,300+ [edited Dec 2013] followers each fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Interested in me/my tweets – and forming part of my target audience of accountants and those who engage with accountants;
- Interested in me/my tweets – with connections to and the possibility of advocating me to my target audiences;
- Interested in me/my tweets – primarily to be inspired to replicate what I do, but for different audiences (Some might take this to extremes and just blatantly copy what I do);
- Interested in me/my tweets to some extent but principally because they know me in ‘real-life’;
- Hoping that I will follow them back – and build a relationship that will benefit them;
- Hoping that I will follow them back – either just to build up their own follower numbers or so that they can spam me.
I don’t know how many fall into each category. But the primary reason I don’t go chasing random followers is that this involves following random people – and their tweets would then clog up my twitter stream. I know I can filter them out (on tweetdeck or hootsuite) but they are probably doing the same thing. So we would both build up our follower numbers without anyone new seeing our tweets. So what’s the point?
Every now and then I check the new followers that show up on my twitter profile. The majority look as if they fall into either categories 5 or 6 above. Some may really be in categories 2 or 3 but I suspect this is just wishful thinking.
If you’re following me on twitter and see this blog post do please let me know in which of the above categories you fall. If you don’t fit any of them please let me know that too.