Monday, September 14, 2009

Twitter Evolution

I set up a Twitter account a few months ago in order to keep up-to-date on the rumors and goings on of the NHL entry draft. Soon after I branched out a bit and started following other entities I appreciate like Outside magazine and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations TV show. I'll occassionally tweet myself, but usually only mundane crap when I'm killing time on the bus or after I've had a few drinks.

But now people are signing up to follow me and receive all my brief blurbs in their inbox or instantly to their mobile device. I'm not exactly sure why. Have they looked at my Twitter history? There's nothing out there of interest. Maybe they're just mining the data in order to learn when I'm not home, break into my condo and steal collection of vintage vinyl. I dunno.

Most surprising of all was earlier today when one of my most revered magazines of all time started to follow me -- Powder magazine, the bible of serious downhill skiing. Now I feel like I should be launching more big air, taking pictures, and posting it in order to keep the interns at Powder interested.

Is this how Twitter grows?

1. Normal people like me try it out just to see how it works
2. A team of diabolical insiders with fancy sounding names subscribes to the tweets of all these normal people, even though they're not saying anything
3. Normal people feel pressure to gain approval of their followers, so they start tweeting more regularly and more cleverly.
4. The whole system is now strengthened

Bully for Twitter. They still need to figure out how to make money off it, though.

1 comment:

Becky said...

You are awesome. I think you figured it out. Where's your $25 million?