The promise of massive Twitter followers and instant money making opportunities seem to be what’s promised almost everywhere I look. But the surprising thing to me is that if so many people are offering these things, then many people must be interested. The thing that concerns me the most about this new phenomenon is that I’ve recently seen some of my friends/colleagues (new to twitter) retweeting what they see as innocent offers to gain twitter followers. Last week, I tweeted the following and had several folks respond and retweet wondering about the same thing:
“Did I miss something about the cultural acceptance of gaining followers organically? Is that now OUT?“
Now, granted, there are no rules on twitter and that is one of the great things about the twitter community. You can use it as you like and unfollow anyone whose conduct isn’t in line with your ethical preference. However, it’s important to understand the opportunities that exist in a community like twitter.
As someone with a small voice in social media via my show on Twitter Talk Radio and three blogs, I always feel obligated to play a role in the development in the continued maturation of the twitter ecosphere. I’ll be talking about How to Use Twitter to Grow our Business on Online Marketing with RSS Ray Wednesday July 15 at 1pm EST. I’ve also written a blogpost, Twitter Followers: The Fast and The Furious or The Steadfast? on RSS Ray’s site for your reading pleasure. Enjoy…that is if you can take time out from your quest for followers 😉
(Note at 12:29pm 7/10/09 RSSRay’s blog appears to be compromised so we’ve taken out our blogpost link for your protection until their able to resolve their virus attack. We’ll have it back in as soon as they tell us they’re safe.)