I realise that these places see Twitter as a marketing tool, and it is a valuable one, but who are they trying to reach? Everyone or those who are likely to benefit from their services via the information they post on Twitter?
I just wonder how adding more users like TowPimp (Free Junk Car Removal Vcitoria Bc) or M9LipsYouro ♥MyLipsSuxUDry♥ will benefit these organisations.
A lot of individuals who have twitter accounts also blow their trumpets when they reach milestone numbers of followers. I hope that all of my followers gain some value from my tweets but I sincerely doubt that some do and I cannot fathom why they follow me.
I get a real buzz when someone from the worlds of genealogy, education, technology or libraries follows me. When someone I respect from these fields or a family member follows it is cause for a happy dance.
I have amongst my followers a Mobile Mechanic from New Zealand (I'm not floating my car across the Tasman for a service, The unofficial biggest Broncos fan (I detest Rugby League), Leonor Brockmann whose image is a pair of silicon enhanced mammary glands, HotelSuggest a price comparison service for hotels, DealsFromSFO Deals from San Francisco and ConceptionAU -
we have over 1,000 Egg Donors and Surrogates available now. I am flummoxed as to what value these tweeps would get from following me and, as I am not interested in them or their services, I certainly won't be following them. Perhaps they share some of my interests but I doubt it.
I could not and would not shout for joy if and when I reach 500 Twitter followers as some of them are definitely not members of my intended target group.
I'll back Quality over Quantity any time.