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oprah got 63,000 followers without a single twit

is the viral game being taken over by headliners?

   
3:46 pm on Apr 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Celebrities Take Over Twitter, Kick Geeks Aside [money.cnn.com]

As Twitter grows up, one of the best examples of its becoming mainstream is how widely and quickly real-life celebrities have latched onto the service, pushing Twitter's early heroes -- Internet-famous-types and tech journalists -- aside.

will the most influential internet personalities eventually come from the mainstream?

5:47 am on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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STILL happily twitter free and absolutely NOT interested in "the immediacy is the message" mentality.
3:54 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I signed up out of curiosity a few weeks ago. I made on post "Test". I now have about 15 followers. Makes me think something is just not right there... I think folks follow other folks just for the sake of following and hope that they get followed in return.

Something tells me these 15 followers are not really interested in what I have to say in a 140 characters or less...

5:03 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Something tells me these 15 followers are not really interested in what I have to say in a 140 characters or less...

unless they know your username from somewhere else; i have an account with a domain name which most people that follow me didn't know i owned. it didn't get one follower until i followed some targeted people and i retweeted one of the account's posts on my main personal account last week. now it's got like 15 or 20;

however, when i opened an account with my full name as the username, i already had 6 followers; don't know how that happened, but i kept on getting invitations to join twitter, while i had my original account, and when i opened one with my full name boom, i got followers.

i have been able to make the best contacts from a targeted following; it doesn't matter if you have 1000 followers and neither have an affiliation or interest in your vertical. i have seen people with less than 500 followers get jobs by meeting people in their industry; the goal is just like building a website; you want your exposure to be as targeted as possible for you to get something out of it.

5:09 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I signed up a month ago but I still don't get it. Everyone's talking how it's critical for your business to "tweet", I don't agree.
5:25 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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it's critical for your business to "tweet", I don't agree.

not critical ;P i'm pretty sure 11 out of 10 people can make a living without logging into twitter. but it can facilitate communication between your organization and target audience.

1:31 pm on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I agree, Neal, although some businesses are using Twitter to their advantage. Most businesses can safely ignore one or more media channels and still prosper if they are using the others effectively.

>>folks follow other folks just for the sake of following and hope that they get followed in return

Definitely. Twitter users interested in pushing their products, services, personal brand, etc., want to reach as big an audience as possible. The only way to ramp up followers quickly (if you aren't Oprah) is to follow others.

>>I signed up a month ago but I still don't get it.

You may not be following enough interesting people, or have not developed enough followers yourself. Without a good mix of friends and followers, using Twitter is like talking in an empty room.