This is a good article. If you swim in Lake Twitter, it's worth a read.
I love writing - you know that - but there's a special place in my heart for Twitter. It's me unfettered; I get my Tourette's of The Hands going, and when it goes I type a bunch of random shit and link to a bunch of random articles. If you follow my Twitter antics, you know that I'm a pretty big fan of Follow Friday. Most Fridays, if I'm not Crazy Busy, I #FF a bunch of folks. There's a method to my madness. I'll thank my wife, the guys who write for DadCentric, the core group of writers and editors who inspire/motivate/compel me to keep on keepin' on with my own writing, anyone who Tweets something that sparks my mind, and everyone who takes the time out of their day to exchange pleasantries, share some laughs, or on those rare occasions when Twitter becomes my free shrink, lends me an ear and a shoulder.
Internet celebrity and one's ability to persuade others is a myth: 95% of the world has never heard of the world's most successful bloggers. I'm speaking at two, possibly three big blogging/social media conferences this year. I work as a Featured Contributor at a website whose traffic crushes DadCentric's (and - sorry, Dear Reader - it most likely crushes yours as well). And guess what: that and $4.50 will get me (and most likely you as well) a Grande Mocha at my local Starbucks.
So if I send you a Follow Friday, it's not to bestow some delusional Godfatherly Blessing, or to use my nonexistent Internet Powers to encourage legions of imaginary people to flock to you. I don't have a Grand Plan. It's my way of saying thanks, something I ought to do more often.