Twitter is in Global Crisis or “This is How to Get More Followers on Twitter”

In the last three weeks my Twitter account is flooded with followers who are marketing agencies, web sites offering super effective strategy for you and your company, that can teach you make money from nothing and easy-fix tips and tricks. If you go to their profiles and web sites, you can find a single page with entire presentation and tons of blinking Web 1.0 ads, free newsletters, trials, twittenars, promotion talks on the ground, boat and airplane (?!$%^&), while the others just inject the buzz single update “how to earn $500 in few minutes”.  Some people on my surprise get hooked by following those accounts with so called auto- robots.

In the last few days I am carefully following what’s going on in my twitter stream and boy, oh boy – I am thinking to reduce the noise. Give Twitter in a hands of people who perceive it as an outlet in personal, professional life, with offending words, abusive comments – things can get out of control. Even for people in IT business.

This kind of communication performances with pushing nature of information, denotes (oh it is!)  the society in crisis (who mentioned global economy?). I am wondering  in which direction social media in the networked world is really going? Now, I’m starting to believe that you are who you are following. Twitter is digital, modern Greek agora but with democratic misinterpretation.

So, still craving for more followers? Here are three simple tips:

1. Be as massive as you can be: tweet and spam your friends, contacts with chat-alike tweets, blip.fm’s, retweets like: “how to ..”, “guide to…”, “grow your follower numbers to over 10,000 in a week..”, ‘follow me and win a prize…”, etc.

2. Don’t forget to mention Britney Spears in your tweets and some mainstream media buzzwords such as ‘marketing’, strategy’,  ‘solution’, ‘guru”, etc.

3. If you are female -upload attractive profile photo, if you are male – wear a moustache or left-eye-wink

Even if you are decent Twitterer with the respect for the people you are following and not that involved in twitterati’s fuzz, don’t be misleaded that Twitter’s curse won’t get you down:Let the massive marketing twitter accounts that offer strategies follow you till the rest of your (digital) life!


Comments

  1. Jeff O'Hara says:

    Yeah, that’s the nice thing about twitter, you don’t have to follow back if you don’t want 🙂 I very much respect my twitter followers time and do not use it to spam. If what I’m working on happens to come up in conversation, so be it, but I do not blatantly spam.

  2. yourguy says:

    Thanks for this post.

  3. Great post. I’ve been thinking a lot about twitter this week. I am mostly there to watch, learn and listen. I post three or four times a day. With a single exception, no one has yet answered a question, or commented on a post of mine, nor replied to replies I’ve made to their questions or comments. I think this is a necessary stage, but it is a fad. I suspect those who are using twitter to sell products or services will quickly move on to other pursuits. As it is, I feel like I am at a city market, where everyone is shouting, hawking, and showing their ideas and products… but there are only merchants in the crowd. No one is listening, let alone buying.

  4. Danica says:

    Jeff – you are the primer of decent Twitterer:)

    David- Unfortunately, Twitter had become mainstream micro-tool for as you’ve described marketars and ‘social media strategists” in desperate need to draw attention to their products or web sites offering easy-earned money. This is normal to expect in the current economic and social background. Twitter is open market place indeed and it’s up to you who’ll you follow and interact with. Expect that some people will not reply to your questions, this is how it goes as well as in analogue life.

  5. ieishah says:

    ‘you are who you’re following’ is genius, but now you are who follows you . . . of course you’ve seen the ‘twitter word cloud’ a sort of digi-poetic rendering of extracts from your follower’s profiles. with that, mr. twitter, etc., twitter itself is the most guilty of robotic ‘interaction’ you’re talking about. i think these ‘services’ enable desperate marketers and strategists.

  6. I laughed at “you are who you follow.” I think an awful lot of marketing is a race for lottery tickets. Yes, people do need to find out about products and services; yes, there are ways to tell people about your products and services.

    Maybe the real secret is: you are how you follow. Do you follow people only to try and sell them things, with no idea of what they want or need? You’re like the sweaty person at an in-person event, relentlessly “networking” by shoving your business card and your resume at anyone who’s better dressed than you are.

    I hope you find that I am following you appropriately.

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