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Heading through 5,000 twitter followers – so ffing what?

Tom Winnifrith
Sunday 30 November 2014

I started tweeting about two and a half years ago and the number of folks following me as grown pretty much from day one – which growth has accelerated in recent weeks on the back of Quindell I suspect. Apparently I am in the top 1.2 million most followed folks on earth. Big deal.

I read the other day that more than half the twitter accounts created in 2013 are already inactive. You can buy thousands of twitter accounts for just a few dollars. Okay you are tweeting to people who don’t exist but in Willy waving contests some folks think it matters.

I am open about my twitter account. Occasionally there is some banker with folks on twitter. I have enjoyed baiting Peter Tatchell, who I admire greatly, but who can be a prize loon and ties himself in knots as he first berates Israel for everything and then finds himself berating more or less every Arab regime for their less than tolerant approach to gay rights. Come on Pete you know that what you really want to do is praise one of the most gay friendly states on earth. Come on Peter say after me “Israel’s approach to LGBT issues is exemplary”.

But for the most part I simply tweet links to articles I write. I assume that those who follow me do so because they find some of what I write interesting even if they disagree with what I say. And so twitter is an easy way of helping more folks read my articles which has a monetary value.

I do not view twitter as a way to change the  although in this week’s video postcard I do note how it has allowed we peasants to challenge our lords and masters in the political and media establishment in a way we have not seen before.  That is a good thing. The video is HERE

Onwards and upwards. Can I break into the top million? And do I care? Er…no.  

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