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Here’s a shout-out to the people that have started following me on twitter.  Thanks.  And even though I don’t know any of you personally, I look forward to learning more about you and what you want to share with the Twitterverse.  Well, maybe not for all of you.  Let me explain before you stop reading.

Last week I saw a re-tweet that mentioned an article titled “The 40 Most Approachable Social Media A-listers on Twitter.”  Of course, the list was not created after a poll of all Tweeters, but instead was a list created by the author (Brian Rice) showing his own opinion.  But he said that following and interacting with these individuals is a MUST!  I read the list and saw that of the 40 names, I was already following six or seven on Twitter.  I was even following a couple on Facebook too.

I decided to follow every single person on that list.  My reason?  Mainly because I am the social media marketer at the company I work for and I am always looking for people that know what they are doing in this arena and what they can share to help me.

Another reason I started following all of those people is because I have read so many articles about things that can be done to gain a following for your blog, and one of the suggestions was to be interacting with A-listers that have a large following.  Now, I know I am not interacting yet as was suggested, but I am starting.

After following all forty people on the list, I posted a Tweet saying that I was following them all in hopes of going viral.  Two things happened as a result over the last few days that I think is interesting.  First of all, I received a message back from Marjorie Clayman (@margieclayman) with some profound truth.  She said in essence that doing things because I want to go viral will not help my postings go viral in the way that I want them to.  This comment directly relates to the second occurrence that I found interesting.

In the last few days since posting that tweet, the number of followers that I have on Twitter has doubled.  No, that is not viral.  In fact, many of those new followers are members of that list of forty names that I started following, and they are following me back.  Others that started to follow me are people that also follow those forty names.  All of us seem to have some common interests when it comes to social media.  It is to all of you that I say “thank you” for following me and I hope to enjoy more interacting through comments and direct messages.

But along with these new followers, I acquired another twenty followers that don’t tweet.  They follow dozens, if not 100-200 people, and are even followed by a few dozen others, but they don’t tweet.  Who are these people?  Why do they want to follow me?  Do we share any common interests?  I didn’t know the answer to these questions so I decided to click on their profiles to learn more about them.  Marjorie was right… I don’t necessarily want to go viral in this way.

All of these unknown, non-tweeting followers are women.  Most of them work in the porn industry… at least that is an easy assumption based on some of their profile pictures and website links on their profile.  But I could be assuming erroneously.  It is all a judgment based on outward appearance.

It is interesting that I suddenly had these people following me.  I don’t blame it on the fact that I started to follow those forty social media A-listers.  Timing could have played a huge role in the whole thing.  But regardless, it is still interesting to me.  I don’t think that I share anything in common with these people.  I don’t think they share much in common with any of the people I follow (I could be wrong… I don’t know their personal lives one bit).  Maybe they are just using social media to help market their own business, whatever that may be.  And they are trying to become viral, just as I would like to see happen with my own blog postings.

So in the end, I have actually learned a lesson… or two, or maybe more.  The first lesson I learned is that when I tweet using sarcasm, I need to make it clear that I am being sarcastic.  I had no intention of following those people so that I could become a viral blogger; I just said it out of jest.  When Marjorie responded, I decided I better not lead anyone else into misunderstanding so I deleted that tweet.

The second lesson came from Marjorie’s response.  Although, it wasn’t necessarily the response itself that taught the lesson, but also the resulting follows that reinforced what she was saying to me.

The third lesson was actually something that I had already learned, but was reinforced learning.  It is that if I want to become approachable like those 40 A-listers, I need to interact more.  If I have a question, I need to ask it.  If I have something to share, I need to share it.  If I want to comment on someone else’s tweet, I need to say it… especially if it contributes to the conversation.

I can’t just write my views and expect that the posting will get 10,000 views in the first three days.  Heck, I have written 50 blogs postings and I haven’t even gotten 10,000 views combined since I started.  But that is not the objective.  My interaction will hopefully return interaction, which in turn will help me as I develop my writing, which is the reason I started my blog in the first place.

Summed up, if I am social, people will be social back.  If I have the objective of quick popularity, I may get it… but who will I be popular with?  Probably not the ones that will help me accomplish my goals.  So hopefully I have learned what I need to know and will be able to follow through as I follow all of you.  And if you have learned from my own experience, than I am glad that I could help.  The view has definitely expanded.

Just another view from a Palmtree.

Living multiple lives on Google…

So I recently typed my name in the Google search bar on my browser to see what the results would show.  I was hoping that maybe I was becoming popular.  Nothing wrong with that, right?  After all, I have this blog.  I know tha there are millions of people just wanting to subscribe because they love reading my posts.  They just don’t do it for fear of being wrongly accused of associating with Randy Palmer.  But which Randy Palmer are they associating with…me, or one of my alter egos/split personalities?

So back to the Google results.  I must not be popular enough.  Maybe Google doesn’t realize that I have a Twitter account.  Have they seen my Facebook profile?  What about my YouTube channel?  After all, I have been in a couple of videos.  I have even spread the chances at fame around a little bit by posting those same videos on work related YouTube channels that I manage.  No problem in doing that…they were work related videos.  Maybe my LinkedIn profile will help.  Probably not…I only have 120 first level connections.  But hey, those first level connections have me connected to almost 3 million other people on my second and third levels.  I mean, I am getting my name out there.  It might just be time to run for President…of the Randy Palmer fan club.

So have you ever Googled your name?  You might find someone with your name living the life you wanted.  But then again you may find someone with your name that is being sought after by the FBI, CIA, and all local police departments.  With my luck, I would be confused with the latter and end up in the slammer for a night rather than being confused with the former and suddenly having an more desired career, or more fit body, or bigger bank accounts, or something else like an endless supply of mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Okay, I don’t think I will ever have to worry about that last one…or any of the other.

On Facebook there are 228 other Randy Palmer profiles.  Some are older, some younger, some darker skinned, some skinnier, some heavier, some bald…I think you get the picture.  I am the handsome one.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask my wife.  Don’t know her well enough to ask?  Well, just go to my profile and you will see what a handsome guy I am.  That is why I have so many million connections on LinkedIn.  I am the best looking Randy Palmer on the site.  There are 26 of me on Twitter, but then again, I’m not sure that I want to get confused about being very many of those folks.  Reading the short bios of each would help you to understand that.  Although, there is one that is a doctor.  If only…

For all you know, I could be that doctor.  I could be a former NFL player.  I could be a guy that owns a gym in Austin, Texas while living in Orem, Utah…or Albuquerque, New Mexico…or Scott’s Valley, California (which would be really cool to live there since my middle name is Scott).

Isn’t the internet cool.  You can search for me and not get to know me…all because some other Randy Palmer showed up in the search results.  What has the internet come to?  So many people in the world are now connected, whether they want to be or not, and many more are being confused for someone else.  Someday it will be sorted out and when you search for me, I will be on page one, right at the top.  You will know you have the correct one because, well, I will just be soooo popular.  If you don’t believe me, ask any of the 422 friends I have on Facebook, 400 of which have probably not talked to me in 20+ years…if ever.  You can join that list if you want.

Needless to say, the internet has made the world smaller.  Not physically, silly, but just in allowing us to connect.  It is something that is mind boggling…which reminds me…it’s time to play boggle.  Want to play online?

Just another view from a palmtree.