Go here and hit the blue PLAY button. Then sit back and watch. Pretty cool stuff…
For about the past two months, I tend to get 3-4 new followers a day on Twitter. It’s not something I particularly care about because, as Mack Collier has eloquently said, the size of your Twitter following doesn’t really matter. And I agree with that. Better to have a small group of passionate followers (i.e., friends) than a large group that doesn’t engage in the Twitter experience.
Well, in the past couple days, my Twitter following has jumped by like 50 people. Here’s a look at my IN box today:
I have no idea why this is happening. I was listed on this post about SEO gurus on Twitter (even though I’m hardly a “guru”), but can that explain the entire increase? I’m sure that’s some of it, but I also think it may be from people reading my articles on Search Engine Land and clicking through to learn more about me. (This article and this one have both been pretty popular.)
Whatever it is, it’s crazy. Would be cooler if some Tri-Cities residents were part of the mix, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
I think that’s terrific. You don’t even have to follow @APNews. (But you should, because they post a lot of headlines and you stay smarter by knowing what’s going in the world.)
How’s this for irony? I’ve been on Twitter for almost two weeks now, and Google … finally … recognizes that I am (was?) the LAST PERSON ON TWITTER:
Better late than never, I suppose, although it would be nice if I could find another 168 people to follow me … and quick! The first-person-to-500-followers contest is still going on, and I have about 75 more followers at the moment than Jeff Quipp.
What’s sad is that not even a mention on the LA Times’ Internet blog added any followers to my account! Crazy stuff.
So, the takeaway here is easy: if you’re not doing so already, please follow me on Twitter!
Last week in Houston, when every speaker (except me and Stoney D.) at the Small Business Marketing Unleashed conference said the word “twitter” at least 25 times, I made a simple promise to everyone telling me to sign up: as soon as I rank #1 in Google for [last person on twitter], I’ll sign up.
Easy enough, right? Anyone that thinks I should sign up just needs to link to that older post with the exact anchor text as above, and in a matter of days, I should be number one.
I keep checking every day, but I’m not there yet. I keep bouncing between #3 and #4. Right now, I’m No. 4:
I’m quite content not having a Twitter account. I use FriendFeed and still get to see everything my contacts are sharing, so that’s cool. But really, if you’ve been bugging me to sign up, follow through and point a link with the correct anchor text to that old post that’s currently No. 4 for “last person on Twitter.” It’ll probably only take five links to push that post to the top….
Why I’m Not on Twitter
1.) Because, in the beginning, I was one of the millions who found the concept to be incredibly stupid. I’ve since come to recognize there might be some value there.
2.) Because my day job keeps me very busy, and I don’t have the time or inclination to have to worry about who’s-doing-what in the middle of the day.
3.) Because, yes, I am resistant to peer pressure, to the point of often disliking anything “the crowd” likes simply because the crowd likes it.
(I’m also trying to rank #1 for [last person on Twitter], and as soon as I join, I can’t write about that, use that anchor text in my links, or anything.)
Any other questions? Better leave a comment, since I’m not on Twitter…..