Social Media People and the Twitter Followers Trend

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Strong relationships can only grow through interaction and that’s a fact.  Much as the current trend is about having as many twitter followers as possible, something I believe is a fad and has no real worthwhile value, people are slowly realising that its the interaction thats important.

The important thing is people…

People such as @sethsimonds and @jimconnolly had relatively large follower bases on twitter (45k and 20k respectively) but made the difficult decisions to unfollow large numbers of people or simply start again from scratch.

The reason for Unfollowing?

Simply put, the numbers ceased to matter, in fact they became a serious problem. They both realised that it was the people behind the numbers who where the real value and found it extremely difficult to create meaningful relationships with such large followings and keep track of what was important to them.

After all, just how many people can you expect to communicate with or form relationships with at any given time and how do the people with massive follower counts cope?  In all honesty, very few of them care and if we cannot see that we simply serve as another notch on the belt or mark on the scoreboard that makes you even less significant and them all the more unreachable as you get drowned out in the static of the twitter stream.

Both Seth and Jim seem  much more comfortable and in control of the information they receive and much happier with the relationships they are forming or re-establishing.

I say hats of to you guys for making the right decisions even though it must have been incredibly difficult. Now maybe the rest of us can avoid making the same mistakes.

You can read both Seths and Jims stories on the links below:

Seth Simonds – Why I unfollowed everybody on twitter

Jim Connolly – Twitter and Me

  • http://sethsimonds.com Seth simonds

    I think when we “get down to brass tacks” or whatever saying you’d prefer, we see a difference between pushing for numbers that make us feel better about ourselves and pushing for contacts that make us better ourselves.

    I’m spending more time doing the latter. People are unfollowing me IN DROVES. They only want a relationship based on blind reciprocity.

    I don’t kiss people I don’t know in dark rooms.

    Thanks Justin!

  • http://sethsimonds.com Seth simonds

    I think when we “get down to brass tacks” or whatever saying you’d prefer, we see a difference between pushing for numbers that make us feel better about ourselves and pushing for contacts that make us better ourselves.

    I’m spending more time doing the latter. People are unfollowing me IN DROVES. They only want a relationship based on blind reciprocity.

    I don’t kiss people I don’t know in dark rooms.

    Thanks Justin!

  • http://www.eoinkennedy.ie/blog Eoin Kennedy

    Twitter quickly followed the Facebook trend of a popularity contest rather than creating a community around yourself. I am @eoink and am cautious of new people I follow as I use twitter to help filter things I should be looking at, reading etc and informing myself. For some power users managing a large body of followers and requests is a good use of their time but surely when you dip into the 000s then it becomes something very different. Having said that I have collaborated with some twitters with a very large follower base to help promote topics and giveaways. Horses for courses I suppose.

  • http://www.eoinkennedy.ie/blog Eoin Kennedy

    Twitter quickly followed the Facebook trend of a popularity contest rather than creating a community around yourself. I am @eoink and am cautious of new people I follow as I use twitter to help filter things I should be looking at, reading etc and informing myself. For some power users managing a large body of followers and requests is a good use of their time but surely when you dip into the 000s then it becomes something very different. Having said that I have collaborated with some twitters with a very large follower base to help promote topics and giveaways. Horses for courses I suppose.

  • http://www.susanroane.com/ Susan RoAne

    Finally, someone makes sense about the huge numbers of followers some people have accrued! My observation is that there are people with 21,545 followers who follow 21,048 people.There’s no way to interact. It’s about quality… Love the comment about blind reciprocity.

  • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

    We can but try Susan. Its still a milestone for a lot of people to have many thousands of followers and no idea who these followers are, its a real pity in my book, but I guess people will accept almost anything.

  • http://www.susanroane.com/ Susan RoAne

    Finally, someone makes sense about the huge numbers of followers some people have accrued! My observation is that there are people with 21,545 followers who follow 21,048 people.There's no way to interact. It's about quality… Love the comment about blind reciprocity.

  • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

    We can but try Susan. Its still a milestone for a lot of people to have many thousands of followers and no idea who these followers are, its a real pity in my book, but I guess people will accept almost anything.

  • http://www.susanroane.com/ Susan RoAne

    Finally, someone makes sense about the huge numbers of followers some people have accrued! My observation is that there are people with 21,545 followers who follow 21,048 people.There's no way to interact. It's about quality… Love the comment about blind reciprocity.

  • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

    We can but try Susan. Its still a milestone for a lot of people to have many thousands of followers and no idea who these followers are, its a real pity in my book, but I guess people will accept almost anything.