How many Twitter followers do you need?

When I reach 1,000 followers I will give this. Who will be my 2,598th followers? What is it about the race to get more twitter followers?

Just in case you did not know, you can buy followers. Finding out who bought some is not difficult,  just look at the report on Twitter counter and look at the sudden growth in followers. The image below clearly shows that over a very short period of the time the growth in followers is very sudden. When you check on Topsy, you can check the posts during this sudden growth period and you will not see anything special. Not a world exclusive or many retweets. So clearly this user has used his wallet to buy some followers.
twitter followers

Forgive my ignorance but what is the point of having 100s of followers if you are not actually engaging with them? How many paid followers would recommend you, ask questions or buy something from you?
I think that you should really be reviewing your Twitter success by your click through rate, how many retweet you are getting, how many of your followers interact with you and ultimately how much business you get from Twitter.
What do you think?

1 comment for “How many Twitter followers do you need?

  1. February 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Excellent point. Just like, Facebook “Likes”, website “hits” and Klout scores – Twitter followers are just a number.

    There are many reasons that an individual may wish to join Twitter, however, if businesses and professionals are merely playing a numbers game, then they are wasting valuable time which would be better spent on more productive (and ultimately more profitable endeavours).

    When I was new to Twitter, I had certainly wasted a lot of time adding my profile to various lists and dutifully following-back new followers without a moment’s hesitation.

    Thankfully, now I’m more casual about my use of Twitter; and find it all the more useful because of that.

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