Unlike the terrible trio of preening popstars that is Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga, us normies can never hope to gain millions of followers on Twitter. Famous people can rely solely on their name to get them followers; were they never to tweet they’d still rack up enviable numbers. Thankfully fame isn’t the only reason there is to follow people on Twitter.
With Twitter having now become a public company thanks to its impressive IPO, the questions of why we follow who we follow and how to gain followers ourselves, are intriguing and timely ones. Which is why we set out to discover the truth all about Twitter followers with last week’s We Ask You discussion.
We asked you to tell us, Who Do You Follow On Twitter? And Why? There was a rather disappointing response to this question, despite the obvious opportunity for self-promotion it offered. Adding to the disappointment was the fact that even though the number of respondents was low, some Twitter haters felt the need to attack the very idea of the social networking site.
The only real trend that emerged from the comments was that many of you avoid following individuals, instead following organizations, businesses, brands, and websites. Even those who do follow individuals tend to avoid following people on a whim, instead zeroing in on those in the same line of work as themselves or share a connection in some other way.
There were a few gems hidden amongst the discussion, including a particularly intriguing (though I hope lighthearted) comment from Lloyd stating that one of the people he follows on Twitter is Rihanna, “cause she’s purty.” Hence the title of this post. I’m not sure how someone’s attractiveness affects their ability to tweet, but I guess it’s as good a reason as any.
Comment Of The Week
We had great input from the likes of Ajaan Rob, Linus Mary, and Susi Schuele, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Bumferry H, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives a T-shirt for this comment:
The list of people/groups I follow on Twitter changes on a regular basis depending on my needs. Recently I have been looking into have a new Phone line installed in my home and followed the main telephone companies in the UK and asked them “which one of you wants my custom?” Depending on who gets to me first, usually gives me a good idea on their level of customer service and being able to speak to somebody without having to sit in a queue listening to Greensleeves is a godsend.
I have also performed this task with betting websites (@paddypower won that) electric shops and local politicians.
I have very little interest in celebrities as they tend to just self promote and not interact with their followers which, to me at least, is the whole point of Twitter.
Saying that one famous singer tweeted me out of the blue and offered to send me their latest CD – which was nice, and I have managed to get £25 cash for just telling a joke.
Twitter (as with much of the internet) is what you make of it.
I’m still learning but Twitter is one the best resources for contacting companies and making things happen I know of.
But if you want to know who to follow then I would recommend @ThePoke because they make me laugh with some brilliant links to funny stuff made by other followers.
We like this comment because not only does it suggest one account we should all follow on Twitter, it also explains one person’s specific reasons for following particular people. Changing who one follows based on the information one needs at any given time is a rather clever use of Twitter that we suspect few of us have ever thought of before.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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