How Many Is Too Many Twitter Followers?

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It's not really a problem for me, with my single-digit Twitter following, but anecdotal evidence shows that once a social networking community gets too big, the back-and-forth that created it evaporates. What I'm saying is, Ashton Kutcher is very lonely.

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A Wired editorial defends the idea of online obscurity, that those smaller groups and their casual sense of community have something that should be admired and retained. Once a group gets too big, members fade into the background, not wanting to speak in front of such a large audience, and in the case of Twitter, the person being followed becomes larger than life. It's an interesting idea—should we be more vigilant in protecting the small groups of which we're a part? [Wired]

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tonykaye
Tony Kaye ⌨

10-30 normal person

30-75 above average person

75-100 popular person

100-500 really popular person

500-7,893 person kind of worth following that's not super famous

7,894 Brian Lam meh

7,895-346,938 person definitely worth following that probably is famous and probably worth following to some extent

346,938 Bill Gates

2-3 Me

+/- spam followers, I have a few