Why are you following me?
My friends tend to think I'm pretty plugged in because I blog, and I'm currently working for one of the world's leading consulting firms. I can use social media and consulting lingo like a pro, as long as none of the pros ask too many follow-up questions. However, if I'm honest, I'll admit that I'm not the most plugged in mom on the block. I don't text. I don't surf the net from my phone. I don't tweet.
I do have a Twitter account, strictly because I needed it for a work project. It has been months since I've logged on to see what is happening with the few organizations I follow. Yet, every once in a while I receive a notice from Twitter informing me that I have another follower. Currently I have about 50 followers. Whenever I get a notice, I want to email and ask, "Why are you following me?"
It cannot be for my sparkling way with words as I've never sent a tweet. I mean never, ever. I can only assume they look at my profile (and how do they find me anyway?) and say, "Well, she must be interesting. She follows the Chicago Blackhawks and the University of Illinois sports. What a fascinating person." Otherwise, what makes a person follow another person on Twitter?
I always figured you would only follow people you knew or if you had some common interests. I figured if I ever wanted to follow anyone, I'd read some previous tweets and determine if I liked what he/she wrote. Since I've never tweeted, I'd kind of like to know why these people are following me. Is liking the same hockey team enough of a reason to follow someone?
Since I hardly have time to finish my personal and professional projects, my curiosity will have to wait. I do think it would make for an interesting experiment, though. Perhaps one day my first tweet will be "Why are you following me?"
This is an original Chicago Moms Blog post. On her tech savvy days, Shari can be found blogging at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Stock.Xchng.