Friday, January 31, 2014

Twitter "Fans!"

I recently opened a new Twitter account. I used to have one that I had established years ago but, since I was using it for my business (which I sold last year), I let it go as part of the deal.

Anyway, decided to open a new one mostly as an experiment of sorts to see how many people would follow me, what interesting people and companies I decided to follow are posting, etc.

So far, after a couple of weeks, I have 92 followers. Nothing special or surprising about that since I really don't care about reaching a particular number. On the other hand, I am following 318 people and companies, out of which only a few have corresponded. Then again, I don't follow anyone hoping that they will follow me back.

What I found interesting is the fact that several of the people following me are either hi-jacked profiles of real people, or created fake ones for the sole purpose of offering Twitter followers for a fee.


I know there are people out there who offer the same "service" to Facebook and Google+  users. I guess it does not look great if your new biz page only has a handful of likes or followers, so you can beef up those numbers by purchasing fans.

I personally think that totally defeats the purpose, especially for businesses that are building a social profile with hopes that it will help them (in the long run) for search engine ranking purposes.

Why?

If you have a Facebook page, for example, and you have say 9,500 fans you purchased, then your social interaction with those phony followers will be zero which, I believe, will be a very bad signal to search engines, not to mention potential future organic followers.

But hey, I am not judging or care if people think it's cool to be able to boast about having thousands of followers or fans or whatever you want to call them. If you are willing to spend the money, then you can buy as many as you want.

In the meantime, there's nothing I can do if some of these services follow me. I figure that's part of being a member of these services. 

Well, actually, that's not 100% correct. There is something I can do, and that is not to follow them. Yeah, small victory, but you have to take a stand of sorts.

Again, the purpose of my starting a Twitter page is sort of experimental, and yet another channel that allows me to share my ramblings with whomever wants to read them.