Are you a Twitter Followable person?
The fun of having followers on Twitter is that they post tweets which are of interest to you. Much people who are not “Twitter-aware” yet argue that Twitter is a bad stuff where you “veille zafer lot dimoune!” The counter-argument which I would put forward is that: Twitter is a micro-blogging platform which updates information in Real-Time. The fun of reading tweets and re-tweeting them is when you find “followable” twitterers.
So who is a followable person? You, Me, Barack Obama?
Here is an excerpt from Robert Scoble’s post after he UnFollowed more than 100,000 people on Twitter:
How about “what makes a ‘followable’ person?” Now that’s better.
I’ve found several things.
1. I’m more likely to follow you if you have a well targeted Twitter profile. If you say “fun guy,” sorry, no. But if you say “engineer at Yahoo working on Flickr.” Well, then, I’ll be much more likely to follow you. Now, take it out of geek ville. Let’s say I was looking for quilters to follow. Well, then, I’ll be biased toward people who identify what kind of quilting they do.
Follow me: I am junior Web 2.0 Programmer working for a startup company!
2. No picture, no follow. For a brand like BestBuy you better have a logo. Out of 1,600 follows I’ve done this week I’ve only broken that rule a few times and even when I broke this rule it made me think very long and hard about whether following them is worth it.
Follow me: Dr. House Picture! 😀
3. I bias toward following people who DO things in real life. Entrepreneurs. Politicians. Actors. VCs. My list, which you can check yourself, is biased heavily toward people who’ve made something of themselves.
Follow me: I do speak Management jargon in the shoes of a Geek!
4. If tons of the people I trust (you know I trust them, because I’ve followed them) recommend you, I’ll add you too. So, repetition is important.
5. I look at who YOU follow. Do you follow lots of other geeks and people I like to follow? Then you’re more likely to get me to follow you too.
Follow me:I have a list of updated M’tian geeks and top programmers in the Geekosphere!
6. If someone smart keeps retweeting you (like how Dave Winer keeps talking about Jay Rosen) then I’ll follow you too.
7. If you’re a news maker. Hey, I follow Barack Obama. Why? Well, he makes news. Among other things. Same reason why I follow TechCrunch.
8. If you’re powerful, I’ll follow you. I follow both powerful bloggers like Ariana Huffington as well as powerful VCs like Jeff Clavier and powerful executives like Marc Benioff. They probably all will laugh that I called them powerful, but they are.
9. Do you have a brand I like? I notice that I’m adding more and more brands I like like Zoho and Evernote and others. But if they abuse that position I’ll unfollow them first.
Follow me: Euhh,.. ashesh r is a perso brand just like Steve Jobs is one! lol
10. I look at your last 20 tweets. If you are just talking about your lunch, I probably won’t follow you. But if you’re talking about a project you’re working on and it sounds interesting I’ll follow you.
Follow me: My recent project: exploring Windows 7 and reviewing it
11. If I’ve met you face-to-face I’m much more likely to follow you. In fact I’ve scanned all my business cards in, thanks to Cloud Contact’s great service, and I’m now matching those up their Twitter accounts and adding them too.
Follow me: Ben, you can always meet me on the Reduit Campus!
So are you a Twitter followable person?
(NB: This is my first blog post from Windows 7 Ultimate (Evaluation Copy) and Office 2007 (Trial))