Friday April 24th, 2009 5:38 pm to be exact; I was able to determine this was my official ‘born on’ date in twitter. Nothing significant per se other than this is when the clock seemed to start ticking on everything ‘measurement’.
My day job is outside sales and just about everything I do is ‘measured’. At the end of the day the result is money so I can easily track what worked and what didn’t. When I got into social, I thought it was going to be just that; social. I was seeking an outlet where I could just bump around, meet some people and well, be social.
Guess what? It appears most people in the social world I inhabit use social for business or some variation thereof. Not only is every single move measured in every way imaginable, the metrics seem to change by the minute.
This created a dilemma for me, because I am competitive. I jumped in with the attitude of ‘well, I can certainly do that too’. However, all it did was put the idea in my head that I needed to be growing and have a sense of direction. Inevitably, I felt a sense of disappointment when the light switch didn’t click on showing me the way.
Don’t get me wrong as I can see a business application for this and it is helping me grow my networking and communication skills. Therefore, in order to keep it relevant AND fun for me and because it still comes down to measurement, here is my quest for 10,000.
My friend Christian Hollingsworth at Smart Boy Designs is under house arrest until he reaches 100,000 followers. Since I officially just passed 1,000 I’m not ready to do anything that drastic as it appears at my pace it will take approximately 24 more years to get to 10,000 followers; might as well be a million, huh? 10,000 just sounded like a ‘cool’ number to shoot for.
Why? Just because I guess, I still don’t have a particular reason or strategy; but I’m throwing it out there. Maybe those ‘A’ listers who dumped their followers can send a few thousand this way, huh?
Now this might be more ‘doable’. I currently have 5,745 tweets; at my current pace and the fact I am much more plugged in now, this might only be a 1 or 2 year project.
Why? Just because I guess; see same response to Followers
Not quite as attractive as tweets, but I do have 3,504 comments on my post since inception. Of course, half of those are my replies back but let’s not split hairs here. Maybe I will be struck with a bolt of inspiration and actually start writing some good stuff and the comments will pick up with the tweet count. However, to be realistic let’s project a 3-4 years timetable.
Why? Sounded good keeping with the 10,000 theme……..
Now this is something I can get excited about. Unfortunately, with only $37 in my pocket I have a much bigger hill to climb. But because I am so plugged into social now and have such a great community, I am really counting on YOU to make this $10,000 happen for me.
To steal a slogan from a football booster club I know I will use IPTAY – I pay $10 a year; and you can belong to my club. I’m thinking I could set up my HeyPal account so you could make direct deposits. If I average 800 visits to my site weekly and only half stepped up to help me we could probably knock this out in a month.
And what would you get in return? I will comment on your post at least once a week and most times with something incredibly witty to say; I will also give you one #FF a month; and finally, feel free to tell all your friends I know you. A $58 dollar value for only $10 a year…..priceless…..
Why? Because money is cool; I can go ahead and get an iPad, iPhone, Kindle and whatever other toys that will keep me popular.
What Ye Say?
This is my social media strategy; which ones do you think are going to be the most attainable? Do you think I’m trying to be a little too ambitious with the followers? If so, should I just start accepting ‘all comers’.
Have I set my sights too low? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Finally, if you thought this was serious (except the $10k part); please step to the back of the line………:)
>Parting note: Our friends over on Triberr are nominated for the Up-and-Coming Social Media Service award on Mashable. Help me make them Number 1 by casting your vote right now. <