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Robert Stanke: Proof that Twitter is simply about ego

Forget about all of the people who say Twitter is about love and sharing, it’s about ego…and I can prove it!

A little over a week ago, I went on a Twitter purge.  I simply was just getting to much noise and wanted to clear my stream of Twitter information, and kind of give things a fresh start.  Then I followed up that post with another one that explained that I was experiencing an interesting trend in my follower/following ratio.

It seemed that if I unfollowed someone, they felt it necessary to unfollow me in return.

Perhaps because they were offended that I stopped following them?  Why did they follow me in the first place, if only to dump me when I dumped them?  It led me to the conclusion that in a lot of cases Twitter is simply an ego-driven, “you-scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours” type of platform.

Too much consideration on your “numbers.” Kind of disappointing, really. Ironically, when I would re-follow a person I had stopped following a week ago, they would follow me back!  Hmmm… interesting.

So even if my Twitter stream of links and ramblings might have offered value to someone, they still felt that just because I unfollowed them, they had to do the same.

Does anyone else see where this might be a problem?

Before I get to the heart of this post, I do want to mention that my Twitter purge was one of the best things I have ever done in Twitter.

I found my engagement level increase and I connected with new people, forging new relationships with the likes of individuals such as Judy Grundstrom.

I wouldn’t trade this experiment for anything!

I did want to share with you that during my purge, there was a correlation between the followering/follower trend.  The first chart below shows the rate over a month period that I unfollowed accounts in Twitter:

The next chart shows the rate (over the same period of time), my count of followers:

It is pretty clear to see the relationship between the two charts.  I guess I don’t really have much to say on the matter, and since my purge is done, I am just going to let this topic rest.  I just found the data very interesting.  I would love to hear your comments if you have any.

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