One talentless celebrity (Katy Perry) recently overtook another even more talentless celebrity (Justin Bieber) to become the most popular person on Twitter. They both surpassed one Lady Gaga (I think she’s related to the British Royal Family) earlier this year. The number of followers these people have amassed is mind-boggling, with Perry having 46 million at the time of writing.
Why? God only knows.
This sparked the question for this week’s We Ask You, which sees us exploring why people follow who they follow on Twitter. With Twitter preparing to go public with its IPO this could be a rather interesting debate, both for us and the company itself.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, Who Do You Follow On Twitter? And Why? This is a very simple question, even though it’s split into two parts. For the first part we obviously don’t want you to list every single person, brand, and website you follow on Twitter, rather those which you’d recommend others follow too. For the second part we want to know why you follow these accounts in particular.
The aim here is to get a strong list of essential Twitter accounts going in the comments section, and some insight into what the overriding factors are in making you follow one person over another. As a bonus (consider it a small reward for taking part in the discussion) feel free to tell us your Twitter handle, though we cannot promise anyone will take the opportunity to follow you.
To sum up, take to the comments section below and tell us at least one account you follow on Twitter along with the reason you follow it/them. Perhaps it’s their celebrity status as discussed above? Or is it an organization whose values you agree with? Perhaps it’s a website such as MakeUseOf (@makeuseof) whose updates you want to be kept abreast of? Whoever you follow and whatever the reason is that you follow them, we want to hear from you.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail the We Ask You Results. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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