We were talking about book blogging and the different tools available, and somehow the topic wandered over to Twitter. I think he wanted me to send him a link to my blog via Twitter's messaging system. Anyway, he happened to see my stats and seemed puzzled.
Book Sage: That's interesting.
Book Sage: You've got many more tweets than I do, but you have so few followers.
Granted, I have less than fifty followers, but how many does this guy have? He shows me on his phone that he has over one thousand followers. My jaw drops, because Book Sage is old enough to be my father (in fact, he has a daughter my age) and how is he so much better at the Internets than me?
Book Sage: I wonder why this is.
Me: Well, I don't actually use Twitter that much. Most of my tweets are automated posts from other sites like Instagram.
Book Sage: Ah, I see. I write all of my tweets by hand!
Does that make the difference? I don't know. It's worth noting that none of this conversation was mean-spirited; he wasn't making fun of me for not having a better "brand" on Twitter. Book Sage was just genuinely puzzled and curious about the discrepancy of numbers. Still, it did make me feel more motivated to be more proactive in using Twitter as a tool in my online arsenal.
Ugh, I sorta hate myself for saying that. I still heartily dislike Twitter and tweeting. But I'm slowly being forced to recognize that it has certain uses that make it increasingly necessary to building a reputation online.