I like numbers. I like goals and targets and benchmarks. Metrics – love them.
Some numbers are, however, more useful than others. Twitter followers, for example, can be a useful number. But not when taken in isolation. Same with facebook fans.
Let’s compare 3 twitter accounts:
A – is following 2200 people and has 400 f0llowers. A quick review of their twitter stream finds that 0% of their tweets are replies or retweets. Instead they are all autotweets from a blog.
B – is following 370 and has 400 followers. Their tweet stream shows a a good mix of @ replies, RTs, and tweets (some with links to posts).
C- is following 70 people and has 400 followers. Their tweet stream shows mostly tweets, many with links to posts.
All three have 400 followers. However, these are 3 brands with 3 very different twitter strategies.
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