Who is following you?


Recently, I’ve had a few requests to be followed, and I’ve also requested to be the follower. Some days I feel like a stalker; other days I’m being stalked. If you haven’t caught on, one of the latest things in the world of social media and social networking is keeping tabs on your “friends” with Twitter. On this online social network, if you’re following someone, you’re “tweeting” and every time they post something new, you’re in the know immediately. Or they follow you. Facebook provides a similar avenue that allows the user to answer the question, “what are you doing right now?” and the answer is then posted to the “wall.” Who cares? I know, I asked the same question to myself and to others. But 200 million users must think it has some value! Think of it this way: you could be following someone really smart and innovative, and when they come up with the next shining moment of brilliance (what’s better than an iPod?), you’re right there to hear about it first. A front row seat! Better yet, you might be able to offer some ideas, opinions, insight, or experience that will connect you with this visionary and let you do more than just watch history unfolding. Now, let’s say if you’re working with a vendor who offers a three-step solution plan that could help nearly all of your customers. And then you wrote about it and your followers learned from you. See where I’m going with this? It reminds me of the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, The People You’ll Meet.” You really never know where your path will cross with someone else’s. And it appears that social media is allowing us to cross paths with amazing people at a much quicker rate these days.

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