Twitter Follower Ratios – do you really care?
When checking someone out on Twitter, do you check out their follower to following ratio? Do you make assumptions about someone who has only a few hundred followers? And do you think someone is a Twitter scammer if the ratio is heavily skewed one way or another.
Or don’t you really care?
I attended one of The Social Media Guys’ roadshow events yesterday at Reading where Graham Jones, Nigel Morgan and Ant Hodges ran a fab introduction session to the world of Social Media. And in the session that Ant Hodges ran, he talked us through a few “don’ts” to help get people started.
One of the big “don’ts” was not to follow some of the scammer-type Twitter advice of artifically inflating following numbers. He went on to describe someone on Twitter who was only following a few hundred people but actually had several thousand following them back.
OMG!! That was me!! I am currently following just 295 people and yet I have 3,038 people following me back. According to the picture Ant painted, I was perceived to be a quick-fix, “let-me-teach-you-how-to-earn-6-figures-in-just-one-month” kind of business. Noooooooooo!!!
I was rather proud of the fact that, over the past two years, I have attracted targeted followers without having to subscribe to systems such as Tweetadder or follow such Twitter scammer schemes which Ant was suggesting.
I actually had the opposite perception – people who had thousands of people following them but where following thouands of people back were the Twitter scammers. They were only following those thousands of people to get people to follow back, and inflate their follower numbers. Even if this was based on targeted searching, they weren’t “real” followers. They were only people who had their auto-follow switched on and the systems where creating the follow lists – not the individual.
And here lies the dilema. Ant Hodges follows 5,016 people and has 5,265 people following him back. He has the ratio that I perceive to be “wrong” – but he isn’t a Twitter scammer. I’ve met him and (apart from being a very nice chap!) he obviously knows his stuff and shared some great insights in to Social Media mental mindsets during yesterday’s session. He told me he follows anyone who engages with him and uses Twitter Lists to manage his Twitter feed.
So does the Twitter follow and follower ratio help you decide on who to follow?
Do high Twitter follower numbers along with a low Twitter following mean that a person is a Twitter Rock-God? Or are they are a Twitter scammer?
As Ant pointed out during the session, it’s easy to check on how authentic a Twitter account is. You only have to check to see how long the account has been open for and to run the Twitter name check through systems such as Klout to check the quality of their Twitter numbers. But do regular Twitter users really do this?
Or don’t you really care?
This has certainly made me re-think my perception of some Twitter accounts, as well as making me realise that other people do not always perceive things they way you do – no matter how “right” you think your perception is.
Personal perceptive is, at the end of the day, reality.
What do you think? Is this something you take note of? Or is really just a non-topic that you don’t really care about?
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