Social media’s popularity is continuously growing with more and more people joining new and existing networks every day, which makes for a very busy neighborhood. Having new neighbors always moving in, like Google Plus and old ones moving out, like MySpace, would even make Mr. Rogers head spin.
What’s happening? Is what we are usually asked when visiting Twitter.com, to get the conversation started, but something is “happening” to twitter that is worth talking about this time. On August 10th 2011, Twitter began rolling out its latest features, two to be exact. The first new feature lets users see when someone retweets or favorites one of their Tweets and the second feature highlights the latest Retweets, Follows, and Favorites from followers, located all in one convenient place.
Twitter is more than just a place for chatter, it is a place where content is shared, re-shared, and shared again. If done right, Twitter can spread 140 characters to a limitless amount of people, but it takes more than slapping a few words together and a push of the “Tweet” button to get a retweet. It takes a person who wants to take control of their tweets, maximize their tweeting potential and draw the attention from their followers, you know, kind of like a boss would.
There has been some debate and confusion as to how many followers one should have on Twitter, as well as, to the quality one puts out when tweeting. It seems that many are looking for a magic number to solidify their importance and/or ranking on this social network, but does it really matter how many followers one has or what exactly it is they are tweeting about?
Yes and Yes, but it may not be what you are thinking.
Twitter is reportedly looking to introduce advertisements into users’ timelines to generate revenue from audiences on this popular social site. Thus far, Twitter has failed at being successful in making money from their networking services, in comparison to other similar social sites such as Facebook.