I’ve spoken here at length about my relationship with Twitter. I’ve been watching it grow and change over the last two years, and continue to see the dynamics shift, depending on what I’m doing and where I’m focusing my interests. Recently, prodded by my partner-in-crime Nikki Massaro Kauffman (@NikkiMK on Twitter), I have expanded my circle to include a cadre of high ed bloggers like @rachelreuben, @bradjward, @KarlynM, @kylejames, @mherzber, and added them to @markgr (an amazing higher ed web professional whom I’ve actually been following since last year’s Web Conference here at Penn State. Plus, he knows my name. So there.). To top off the list, I’d even added @chrisbrogan who is generous in his time, webinars, and sharing information in general. But for a guy who’s got 62,555 followers? You watch him work his magic, you don’t interfere.
This morning I was working, with one eye on my twitterstream and caught Clay Shirky’s tweet
about his blog post on #amazonfail. I read it and immediately retweeted
it, because it was thoughtful, had value and strength of character.
That was this morning. Fast forward to late afternoon, and I saw this from @chrisbrogan:
–and then made another quick follow up reference to a previous quote, lest I sounded waaay too snarky:
Not 30 seconds later, my phone buzzed with the following gmail notification:
Now, I know I shouldn’t get overly impressed here. I mean, the guy does follow 59,311 people. And he practically IS the poster boy for social media. I get that. However, I cannot help but be impressed by a guy who listens. To anybody, it seems. How does he do it? I’m guessing with a lot of focus. It is his job, after all. But that 00:00:30 response time? That was a surprise to me. And yes, I did laugh out loud at my desk. 59,310 is a lot of people to follow.