It has been less than 24 hours since I first blogged about Gary McCaffrey and his TweeterGetter service. Last night when I made that entry he was closing in on 4,000 followers. Today, some 18 hours later, he’s closing in on 7,000. As of me beginning to write this he stands at 6,851 which will no doubt be even larger by the time I finish this entry.
What has TweeterGetter done for me specifically? It’s hard to say. What I do know is that When I signed up with TweeterGetter yesterday I stood at 102 followers. As of this writing I am at 165. Now, that’s a pretty huge jump considering my lack of Twitter exposure when I only had 102 followers before we began, and I don’t want to credit all of that to TweeterGetter either. It’s hard to say how many of 63 followers I’ve picked up in the last day were a by product of TweeterGetter and how many were a result of the article I wrote concerning the service… or even how many were simply “natural” follows due to my having been very active [providing SOLID content and STELLAR (in my own and correct opinion) humor] on Twitter in the last 24 hours.
In the end I don’t really care that much. One thing is certain, even if I didn’t pick up a single follower via TweeterGetter, which I know I have — I still would have nothing negative to say about it or Gary. The reason is simple. In spite of all of this “pyramid scheme” and “ponzi” talk, this application is negatively affecting NOBODY. Even if I do not “benefit” from it, I wasn’t harmed by it either. The fact is no money has changed hands (so far); nobody is being forced to do anything; and everyone who has signed up has been presented the OPPORTUNITY to opt-out of following Gary before they ReTweet his message. I won’t even mention that in no way can TweeterGetter force you to remain one of his followers after you sign up. If you wanted to simply sign up and then unfollow him IMMEDIATELY, there’s nothing stopping you from doing so.
So, what then is the big deal?
Well, the big deal is Gary himself! This thing is ingenious! It’s powefully simple in concept and execution and that is what is making him both an overnight success and controversy. I would love to get an interview with this guy and pick his brain. I must admit, this little idea has planted a seed or two into my own mind. Of course, I may never launch them as I’d hate to be remembered [sarcasm] for bringing “pornography and prostitution” to the masses as Gary has done.[/sarcasm]
So, in less than 48 hours Gary has managed to acquire some 7,000 followers for himself and many others of us have leeched off of that success to grab a bonus 10, 20, 100, 200, or 500 for ourselves. No babies nor animals were harmed in the making of TweeterGetter, and I have made contacts with several people I probably never would have otherwise. Not only have I made contact with them, but I have shared laughs with them and am looking forward to long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with each and every one of them.
And you know what happens if a few bad apples turn out to be spammers who aren’t bringing anything positive to my tweeting experience? Simple, I’ll elect to unfollow them! Just as I know they will do if I don’t bring some value their way too. So, with all of that being said, the whole concept of this being nothing more than a numbers game is ludicrous. If it turns out to be nothing more than a numbers game you can rest assured that just as quickly as Gary reaches 10,000 followers (and I predict that takes place some time tomorrow or Saturday at the latest), he will find his follower count back down around 2,000 or less because people will quickly abandon ship.
So I say, we give things some time and we find out what Gary’s long-term plans are and about how he plans on enriching the lives of others by tweeting. Maybe it will turn out that he really is interested in nothing more than making his follower count hit astronomical heights, and if that’s so — rest assured I will unfollow him quickly. But maybe he will turn out to be one of best and most engaging tweeple under the twitosphere. And if that happens, I’ll be glad that I “erred” on this side of the line rather than the side that chose to hang him first and ask questions never.
Oh, I almost forgot this is MY blog and I can spam it if I want to! *giggles* So, please allow me the liberty of pasting my token “spammy” TweeterGetter link here so that you may follow me. Thanks!
Mirrored from JaceMan's Journey.