Gwen twittered this on Monday and I’ve been noodling on it for a bit. The noodling was fast since I brought something similar up on twitter the week before 360|Flex, so my thoughts were already kinda ordered.
Gwen asked if it was ‘assholish’ for someone to have 5000 followers and follow 0.
My answer, yes, it is. I don’t have the slightest idea why twitter exists, but I believe it to be to build community and allow (140 character) conversations to take place.
twitter isn’t a PR engine, and it isn’t (well it seems to be actually) an ego machine. I don’t care who it is, but there’s no one I’d follow that isn’t actually engaging in a conversation. Following no one in return just says (to me, at least) that you don’t care what anyone has to say. If that’s the case, then why Twitter? Other than ego building by counting how many (largely spammers I’d guess) people are hanging on your every word.
the 360flex twitter account, get’s tons of spam followers. Not only do we not follow them, but I go in and actively block the, so they can’t follow.
I gotta say if twitter turns into merely another water mark of who the next Scoble is or who’s as popular (heaven knows why) than Jason Calcanis, I’m not sure it’s worth participating, there’s other options.