Ode to "Social Media Climbers"

"Social media climbers"....you know who they are...they are not blue bloods.   They don't share our pedigree.  They don't have OUR credentials.

Oh.  Okay.  Gottcha.

Excuse me, tell me again, just who are the "social media climbers"?

WHO?!!!  ANYONE WHO IS NOT LIKE US, A SOCIAL MEDIA OZ, WHO IS, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN....



At an earlier point in my Twitter experience, when I had garnered a following of about 50,000, when  I was experimenting with Twitter, as I still am, I applied for a service that lets applicants decide if they would want to host an ad on their Twitter page.  I got my first request, from NASCAR, for a chance to race a car...Heck, I'd retweet that if I wasn't paid, so I retweeted it and got paid - and I disclosed that I got paid.

Got my second request for an ad on my Twitter page, along with a request for a retweet:  mention a new social media book and that if anyone follows and RT's, that person got a chance to get an autographed copy of his book.  I thought that was fine, as my standard is simple:  I will only accept a payment for an RT if I would have RT'd it without being paid.  In this instance, my impresssion was the guy who wrote the book was down to earth and expert in social media: I'd be glad to promote his book.  So I ran his ad on my page and retweeted the message about his book.

Curiously, he didn't reciprocate my follow, though, apparently, his press agents deemed me worthy enough to tweet about his book.  That's fine.  That was nothing but a business arrangement.

Ok, so what am I gettting at?

Not long after I ran his ad, thinking I was promoting a book for a guy who was on the level and social, I started to see him frothing about "social media climbers", you know, those people on Twitter who try and build a following...."Oh, sorry, you mean those of us who don't have publicists to pay others to run ads from 'social media climbers' asking that they follow you!?"  Ah...yah.

Yes, I'm venting.

It galls me when I hear certain "Twitterati" wax poetic about the "organic growth" of their following, when I know they did the unspoken dance of the Twitterati to get their robust following.

One Twitter "god", who follows about 19,000 and has about 44,000 followers, and who is fawned over by so many otherwise astute social media professionals, will pontificate about the "organic growth" of a following on Twitter -- and so many will trip over themselves to say "Amen" - but, I remember when he was following about 50,000, not 19,000...

Hhmmm.  I'm guessn I'm not going to be invited to any Mashable events.....

For the record, I am a social media "climber".  Fortunately, my clients consistently believe I bring them value.  Similarly, it seems that my friends on Twitter, as my friends always, generally forgive me for saying what I think....

Oh, and before you depart dear reader....as I've yet to get my publicist on board, might you be so kind as to follow yours truly?  @GlenGilmore  Thanks!  :)

4 comments:

Cassie Wallace said...

Nice post =) I guess it takes all kinds, right...

Jaym said...

I've always found it fascinating people can gain more than so many hundred. I have been at about 750 for 8 months (thought I don't care if it was 3, frankly, I don't obsess over follower counts despite noticing it).

Perhaps high counts are only reserved for those treating an account like a business room- saying nothing personal, giving no true real-world opinions, venting their real thoughts into cyberspace. Twitter is my only access to mental health care- free therapy- I talk at everyone, and no one says anything back. Only difference is I don't owe $650 for the hour.

With my political commentary, stringent and normally backward loves (winter over summer, hate sunny days, do not travel, etc.) it's hard to find too many to follow you despite the Mensa level intellect and wisdom you're sharing in the mix. >_<

I guess some feel having 50,000 followers makes them important. I say Twitter makes no one important- only your activities in the offline world dictate that truth.

Roger Thornton Brown said...

What Jaym said...

GlenGilmore said...

Twitter is a wonderful place where you can be content to connect with as many or as few others as you would like to.

For my part, I'm glad to be connected to a lot of different people in a lot of different places. Does it make me "feel important"? No. It does, however, make me feel a lot more connected.

It is the magic of Twitter. That magic certainly isn't lost even if one chooses to keep one's circle at whatever number one chooses.

I just needed to vent a little in this post and am glad to have others do so as well, even if for other reasons. These are the joys of blogging and commenting.

Thanks for sharing!