Social Media


One of my more recent posts on Twitter was “Show me a politician who hasn’t flip-flopped, and I’ll show you a politician who’s still wrong.” Yes, the easiest way to ensure that you’re not always right is to always insist that you’re right. To really be right, you’ve got to be willing to admit that [...]

What kind of Twitterer are you?

Today, @RyanHealy asked:

If somebody isn’t following back, does that influence whether you unfollow them or not?

My first reaction was, “no, I follow people to read their tweets, not for the follow back.” I’ve always felt that unfollowing someone just because they don’t follow you back proves that [...]

Ryan Lee wrote:

Ok, so Twitter is about to hit 2 BILLION tweets a month.

BUT, with all of those tweets, is your message getting lost in the masses?

As more people are following hundreds (or thousands), do they really see YOUR message?

…I use Facebook or my blog for updates.

Here’s what I think. [...]

This seems like a bad move to me.

Stan Schroeder quotes John Mayer saying:

I had 3.3 million Twitter followers back in March April when I announced that I’d be predominantly posting on Tumblr, a site that takes all of 25 seconds to sign up for. Five months later I have just passed 50,000 followers, [...]

Ben Parr wrote on Mashable:

Twitter is about to become a major multimedia destination, thanks to some new partners and features.

Earlier today, we reported that Twitter is bringing multimedia to the stream. If you tweet a link to a video, for example, it will be embedded and play right in the Twitter stream. Twitter [...]

Internet marketers are infamous for pushing the envelope on what customers will tolerate. On social networking sites like Twitter, pushing too hard can get you unfollowed in a flash.

A while back, I got to wondering how likely the average Twitter user was to unfollow someone based on a variety of different behaviors. So I [...]

This morning, John Reese deleted his Twitter account and sent an email saying he thinks Twitter is on its way out.

Even, though, my follower count has risen, the response to my tweets has been on a steady decline. The reason is simple… There’s just more and more noise on Twitter. People are following so [...]

CNN has a story today about recent phishing attacks aimed at Twitter. One former Fauxlowers member whose Twitter account appears to have been compromised (Twitter shut her down temporarily) tweeted claiming Fauxlowers was to blame. I’m not going to complain, criticize or name names — when you get hacked, it’s not always clear who did [...]

I’ve added a few stats to your Fauxlowers.com profiles that you might find interesting. Some are numbers that you could have calculated yourself based on other numbers shown on your profile, but the change will make it easier to see what’s going on without any mental gymnastics.

The first is your follower to friend ratio. [...]

Thanks to everyone who responded to yesterday’s survey! I collected a bunch of responses and created the second survey that I promised. This one asks you to rate how likely you are to unfollow someone on Twitter based on various things like whether they follow you back, the content and volume of their tweets, etc. [...]

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