She thinks, this post will be very short and to the point. At least she thinks.
Often I hear the comment from people who are not on Twitter, “Wow, you have over 3,000 followers.” And for those who have been on Twitter since April 2008, they quip “Wow, you only have 3,000 followers?”
Once a week on Saturday, with a glass of Pinot Grigio and some Frank Sinatra or Hotel Costa playing in the background, I try to do due diligence and scrub my Twitter stream. I look for porn, MLM’s, people with no profile photo or with no profile bio. I have been doing this since April of 2008.
Why? Twitter followers for me are a “slight reflection,” of the topics and people I find interesting both in business and personally. At least 80% of my Tweets are about upcoming seminars and me retweeting blog post, books, ideas, suggestions or people I find interesting.
Twitter for me “is my business.” Oh For Art Thou, it does not define me. My Romeo is my iPhone, Mac Book Pro and my Sony Net Book. I relax with an old collection of CD’s that range from smooth jazz, classical and spiritual music. I read books that focus on interpersonal communications and business and the latest murder mystery. My favorite book is the Art of Solitude.
For those who define themselves personally by how many Twitter, Linkedin or Facebook follower, connections or Fans they have in their social community, let them do so. We all should feel free to select those tangibles and intangibles that help us not only define who we are to ourselves; but also helps others to be able to remotely define us.
The debate on to delete and start over. Was a very good one. And hopefully everyone has chosen what they feel is best for them both personally and professionally. But Network, Oh Network, how does thee define me? It doesn’t. It just works with me.