Are you sacrificing trust for a following?
I’ve noticed a shift in my perception of folks on Twitter, FaceBook and other SM sites. I no longer consider follower count as a measure of credibility. A couple years ago I did.
It’s just too easy now to trick systems, especially on Twitter where several services exist simply to boost followers.
I can’t really go by blogs, either. Comments can be crafted and are filtered – much like LinkedIn recommendations, about which I wrote last week. Therefore, I don’t put too much merit on blog comments, particularly if they are too flowery.
Lately I’m left wondering if my new follower is simply “collecting” me to boost his/her numbers to build some sort of façade that will help him/her with the bottom line.
Trust isn’t automatic
Let’s face it, we’re all cynics. We don’t just automatically trust everything we see/read, even on a SM site. In that case, why try to trick people by collecting huge followings as opposed to a smaller following with which you have more credibility and an earned reputation?