Ever since Mitt Romney and his communications team was exposed for purchasing Twitter followers, the legitimacy of every accounts following has been increasingly criticized. In a recent article on Yahoo, well known individuals including President Barack Obama, Mark Cuban and the founders of Twitter were exposed as having a significant percentage of their following deemed as fake or inactive with fake follower percentages reaching as high as 32%.
An issue with fake followers is how affordable and easy it can be to acquire thousands of fake followers. Many individuals still believe that a large following is the key to success on Twitter or social media. That is simply not true. If someone’s following is largely fake or inactive, their following and their potential impact becomes diminished. I strongly recommend not purchasing followers. Compare it to purchasing links for SEO value; it is a tactic no one recommends and could hurt your reputation in the long run.
Yahoo used Status People’s Fake Follower Check to analyze the accounts. Just log-in to your Twitter account and authorize the application to sync with your account to receive data on yours or other accounts.
I ran my Twitter account and was pleased with the outcome: 1% fake, 10% inactive, 89% good.
I spoke about fake Twitter followers and other topics today on 96.3 KTWIN (play at the 4:10 mark)
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Yes, it has been a while since my last blog post. Yes, it has been far too long. My apologies.
To be fair, I have posted blogs on the BlueSpire Marketing site (my employer) since my last post. Blogging has not been completely foreign from my world.
The BlueSpire blog serves a purpose. This blog serves another purpose. It is time to get back to writing here.
Please join me, yet again, on this lovely platform. I promise an interesting ride for all to enjoy!
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As 2010 comes to a close, here comes the time of the year where people choose to reflect on the positives, negatives, and moments that has a short or long-term impact on their lives. Let me act as if I am the first one to do this.
- I saw a Minnesota Vikings playoff win in January over the Dallas Cowboys. Remember when those teams were Super Bowl contenders?
- I traveled to New York for the first time.
- I attended the stadium opener at Target Field, which was a dream come true.
- I saw Conan O’Brien on his comedy tour in May at the Orpheum, my first time there.
- I fell in love.
- I ran in and completed Grandma’s Marathon; my first, and definitely not my last.
- I had another birthday, my 28th to be exact.
- I helped a friend get a job.
- I was quoted in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press multiple times.
- I was interviewed by MPR twice (made it in one of two articles).
- I was interviewed by WCCO, and was the inspiration for a Good Question as well.
- I continued to grow as a professional.
- I continued to grow as a person.
- I met new friends.
- I got rid of bad friends.
- I ate lots of free pizza at Green Mill. Yum!
- I had my first relationship anniversary.
- I watched the Minnesota Vikings blow the perfect chance to go to the Super Bowl. I lost five years off my life that day.
- Twins Opening Day.
- Car transmission repairs.
- Inconsistent workout patterns.
- Was stabbed in the back (figuratively) multiple times.
- Still at home.
I could expand on each of those positives and negatives. However, I know you don’t want to read The Memoir of Jason Douglas, 2010 Edition. I don’t blame you. Just know that based on every event, experience, interaction and situation above, I learned plenty which will help me become a better man in 2011.
Overall, 2010 was a very great year; one of the best on record. There were some moments and events that tarnish the year to a degree, which is very unfortunate. There’s plenty I’m not posting about, as I want to protect those involved. I am proud of what happened in 2010, and hope that a great foundation was built for the future; most notably 2011.
I’ll explain more about my 2011 Goals/Resolutions in my next post.
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