After accepting the Twitter Challenge I first searched the Twitter website to see if there were any ways to help increase the numbers of my followers on the site. I had no luck with that but found a number of new sources for me to follow and get music and entertainment news information which has in turn has added a few more followers to my Twitter account. I then used Twitter to link several articles from my Associated Content article list. After the first several days I did not notice any discernable difference in page views at Associated Content; the daily page view count had remained about the same. Granted I only had around 40 followers, but if the articles were being read there should have been some sign with an increased amount of page views.
After some days I again Twittered several more articles on to my Twitter page. This time around my list of followers had increased a bit to a little over 50 followers. The number of page views on my Associated Content articles have increased but only by around 20 page views per day over the past couple of weeks.
I have seen ads for a paid service which guarantees to increase the number of Twitter followers by a significant number but that does not ensure those added followers will bother to read any link posted (if they are in fact real people). I do not have the money to invest in such a service and take a chance on something that there is no guarantee will work. I suppose if a person is just looking to brag about the number of people following them, its fine. I choose to spend my time working on articles for the various publications to whom I contribute rather than trawling around Twitter or other such internet sites looking for someone to be my “friend”.
I am not a person who sits around Twittering my every move, spreading my personal life out in private for all to see. For me Twitter is a tool that I use as a service to help me in getting my articles out to a larger group of viewers or to help me get information sources or leads for my own work.
Twitter, My Space, Facebook, and the like are all good tools for artists, musicians, and writers to use in getting exposure for their work, but the time needed to build up a large following takes away from the time needed to work on our specific creative arts. In a sense Twitter and the like creates a catch 22 in that we need followers to build up the page views and income but the time needed to build that following takes away creative time and thus lowering our output and subsequent income.