Sorry, Guy, I Disagree…

In this article on, Guy Kawasaki says:

“I think it’s inherently arrogant if you think that you are worth following, but the person following you is not worth you following,” he said. “I don’t want to send the message that 91,000 follow me, but I only follow 50. That’s a message that only 50 matter.”

With all due respect, there are plenty of people who may want to follow me on Twitter (I’m @westrochlil), but who would hold no interest for me to follow them. And the reverse is certainly true. While I may choose to follow someone tweeting about guitars (an interest of mine) I hardly expect reciprocation, as I typically only tweet about data management issues. My brother-in-law, who is a great guitarist, couldn’t care less about data management. So why follow me, even though I may follow him?

I think this takes egalitarianism a bit too far. Well, actually, way too far. C’mon, following 91,000 people!?!?! I’m no Twitter expert, but I’m having a tough time swallowing this one.

About Wes Trochlil

For over 30 years, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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