When I was first getting into Twitter, I got excited about each little milestone in building my followership — such as when I reached 100, and 300. And 500. Then, I was cool until 1,000, when I really got a bit carried away.
Now, I’m cooler — but I do still enjoy seeing them pile up. There’s been a recent acceleration, which I attribute in part to my status as one of the Free Times’ “Twitterati.” I had 1,255 before that.
And today, just over 3 weeks later, I’m at 1,333 — a third of a way to my next thousand (assuming, of course, that there’s someone out there who is one-third ready to start following me). That’s 3.39 new readers a day (it was probably a dozen the first day), which means that, if my number of followers had been growing at the same rate since the day I started Tweeting… I’d have 2,727 followers.
OK, so it maybe it’s not that much of an acceleration. But it helps. Especially the first day or so. Within 24 hours of the “Twitterati” thing appearing, I added 12 new followers. Which is, at it happens, the same number I added the day that “Jayne Cobb” started following me. Which I think should make the Free Times feel good about itself.
Why do I care how many follow me? Well, among other things, it means more blog readers. Since I started using Twitter to promote the blog, my traffic has about quadrupled.
It can also go the other way, you know. Some more of you could follow me there. One of the things you’d discover if you did is that I post there a lot more, and bring up a lot more topics for discussion. It’s fun, and informative. Give it a try.