Twits, I suppose

This seems eminently logical to me:

Twitter is inherently based on a follower count. You follow people, people follow you. A decent number of followers is about 50-100. Yet some people on Twitter have 60-90 thousand.

Are these individuals celebrities? Have they made such monumental marks on society that thousands of people want access to their mind?

No. Most are Realtors from Florida. Self-proclaimed experts in social media, SEO, marketing.

In other words, nerdy douchebags.

Actually, the only contact I’ve ever had from a Florida Realtor was quite pleasant and non-spammy, but that was four whole years ago.

I got to a “decent number” in somewhere around 48 hours. I certainly don’t aspire to five hundred, though I’m not going to tell people to stay away, unless of course they’re nerdy douchebags.


  1. fillyjonk »

    30 June 2009 · 10:52 am

    Well, The Onion once reported that only 32% of Americans were not famous.
    I suspect Twitter is allowing many people who have delusions of fame to believe they are in that other 68%.

    Me? At least I know I’m playing a role that might otherwise go unplayed.

  2. CGHill »

    30 June 2009 · 10:55 am

    Deriving from Warhol’s Constant, I figure I’m at the 14:40 point on the curve.

  3. Michael Bates »

    30 June 2009 · 10:56 am

    I’m curious about the self-hosted short URLs that you’ve been posting. Is there a WordPress add-on that does that, did you roll your own code, or are you manually modifying your .htaccess file?

  4. CGHill »

    30 June 2009 · 10:59 am

    This is a feature of WordTwit, the plugin that tweets every new post. (One of the conditions of allowing myself on Twitter was that it was to require as little work from me as possible.)

  5. jen »

    30 June 2009 · 11:40 am

    I want Twitter to quit selling ads on MY Twipics. Hand over the cashola.

  6. jen »

    30 June 2009 · 11:43 am

    AND!!! Where is the report this as PORN button?!?!?!! I’m so sick of skankys trying to follow me.

  7. CGHill »

    30 June 2009 · 11:48 am

    I’d be okay with them selling ads on my pics if I got a cut. :)

  8. GradualDazzle »

    30 June 2009 · 12:00 pm

    Hmm. Guess I don’t qualify for THAT. I’m definitely nerdy, but I’m pretty sure I don’t measure up to being a douchebag. LOL Of course, if I have to ask… I might not want to know, right?

  9. McGehee »

    30 June 2009 · 1:56 pm

    As far as I know I topped out at 19, of which one was a pr0n spam twit whom I blocked. Two additional pr0n spam twits followed the same path in short order.

    Now I’m down to 16, or was the last time I looked. It’s easy to keep the count low when you don’t use the dang thing and don’t follow as many people as follow you.

    I gots it figgered out.

  10. fillyjonk »

    30 June 2009 · 5:56 pm

    If you’re really going whole hog into Twitter, maybe you need to hire a tailor to make you one of these.

  11. CGHill »

    30 June 2009 · 6:17 pm

    If you ever see me in that, pull the trigger. Quickly. :)

  12. fillyjonk »

    30 June 2009 · 6:21 pm

    I’m actually surprised they didn’t go all the way with the visual metaphor, and make it a little pocket on the sleeve with a heart-shaped opening.

    Then again, maybe it takes someone like me to come up with such a twee idea.

  13. Donna B. »

    1 July 2009 · 1:08 am

    I hate Twitter. It’s ruined two of my favorite bloggers, although one is coming back to his senses.

  14. Lynn »

    1 July 2009 · 10:14 am

    I guess I might get a few more followers if I updated more than once every week or two and if I followed some more people myself but it’s sort of depressing… it seems like I cannot ever be popular anywhere. I guess this is a leftover childhood issue. I’m doomed to be the unpopular kid for my entire life.

    I only signed up for it because a blogger I like abandoned his blog for Twitter.

  15. Bill Peschel »

    2 July 2009 · 10:57 am

    One poster I checked out had a suspicious block of followers that had no picture (you know, they display that two Zeros with a dash in between symbol). Turns out they were all created about the same time, with the same number of tweets (zero).

    I suspect there’s some awesome amounts of fakery going on.

  16. CGHill »

    3 July 2009 · 4:26 pm

    Steve Lackmeyer at the Oklahoman says he wants to see me up around 500 followers. If I get to that point, I start blocking people.

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