Would you Prefer More Twitter Followers or Blog Readers?

A couple of days back I wrote a post on ProBlogger about some of the things I was learning about Twitter as a blogger.

While blogging is my #1 passion and focus I found myself wondering as I wrote the post whether things would change when (and if) I got to have more Twitter followers than blog readers (at the moment I have more blog readers than twitter followers). I mentioned this on Twitter and a few people reflected back that they’d prefer more Twitter followers than blog readers.

So I thought I’d run a poll to see which people value more.

Would You Prefer More Blog Readers or Twitter Followers?

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I’d love to hear your comments on why you make the choice that you do in comments below.

I’m going to run the same poll over at ProBlogger over the weekend to see if the results are similar or whether there are differences between readers of a blog about blogging and a blog about Twitter.

Comments

  • March 14, 2009

    I love getting new Twitter followers, but not so much that they overshadow my blog readers.

  • March 14, 2009

    I would prefer more blog readers, the more eyeballs on my own site the better. Easier and better for my business to control my audience, rather than have them skip all over the place on Twitter.

    Same would apply to Youtube, Facebook, MySpace etc. Drive all those members back to your space.

    - TRENDS

  • March 14, 2009

    I voted for blog readers because most of my twitter followers are not daily blog readers. Out of 28 Twitter followers, I only get about 3 visits at most from Twitter each day.

    Thanks,
    Nate

  • March 14, 2009

    well I would like all my twitter followers to read my blog

  • March 14, 2009

    Of course I love followers on twitter, however my blog is only focused on me, so I would love to have more people read and comment. Followers on twitter are an amazing way to reach out to so many people and share ideas. I just feel that a blog reader/commenter is much more intimate because they are reading/commenting on something that is special and meaningful to the writer.

  • March 14, 2009

    Microblogging on Twitter is great for sharpening writing skills and being followed is an honor, but I’d prefer blog readers. A good blog educates, entertains and hopefully, sparks conversations. Readers are key!

  • March 14, 2009

    I would definitely prefer more blog readers. With Twitter, you never know who’s attention you are going to catch with your tweets. I see Twitter as more of a tool to drive traffic to my blog, which is all about my business recycling jewelry and creating new designs: http://blog.ecocessories.ca

    I do love my Twitter followers though! I try to give them different content than at my other social media sites and I think they get a real snapshot of who I am as a person and a designer!

    Looking forward to learning more from you about how I can better use these tools.

  • March 14, 2009

    I voted for blog readers because in that medium you can say a lot more and explain your stance on topics. With Tweets you must be very precise in what you have to say or it can be misconstrued. But you can’t explain yourself because 140 characters because it isn’t enough room!

  • March 14, 2009

    Hey Darren,

    Although I’ve recently seen the true value in Twitter for bloggers (Blogging Zest got around 750 visitors in the first 18 hours after launch last night, mostly from Twitter) I’d prefer more blog readers.

    Blog readers are far easier to convert to Twitter followers, than Twitter followers are to convert to blog readers.

    With that said, as time goes by, I’m beginning to value Twitter followers just as much as my blog readers. While it’s harder to promote and convert Twitter followers using 140 characters than it is with full blog posts, the relationships that can be created on Twitter are very valuable.

    In an ideal world, I’d love all my Twitter followers to be blog subscribers. But we’re not in an ideal world, so I’ll have to stick to the 7% conversion rate that I currently see from Twitter followers who visit my blog.

    I think in the grand scheme of things, the question shouldn’t be about how many followers vs subscribers you would prefer, as followers are much easier to get. I think the question should be, “How much value can Twitter followers give, compared to blog subscribers?”. 1000 Twitter followers, while giving lots of value, will always give less value than 1000 blog subscribers

    And that question should also be reversed: “How much value can *you* give to your Twitter followers vs blog subscribers?” You’ll be able to give lots more value to 1000 blog subscribers than you can to 1000 Twitter followers

    Going back to your initial question, which would I like the most of… Maybe Twitter followers, just so I can always have new people to build relationships and friendships with, and hopefully convert in to blog subscribers in the long term.

    Another way of looking at it is in terms of reputation: If you say you have 1000 blog subscribers, your reputation and respect will be higher than if you say you have 1000 Twitter followers

    A random question (again)… How many people are building their blog in an attempt to increase the amount of Twitter followers they have, compared with the amount of people Tweeting in an attempt to increase how many subscribers their blog has?

    Just my two cents. I hope it gives some insight. It’s certainly not a clear cut and easy to answer question. :)

    Jamie

    PS. Looks like you posted this under the “Guest Poster” author account, rather than your own account.

  • March 14, 2009

    It seems to me that it’s harded to get a blog reader than a twitter follower. Plus, it also seems that it’s easier to ‘convert’ a blog reader into a twitter follower then the other way round. That’s why my vote is with blog readers.

  • March 14, 2009

    Not all my twitter followers would click through to my blog and I don’t agree with monetizing twitter so I would prefer blog readers.

    Blog readers are also a lot harder to get, then twitter followers because I think most tweeple follow several hundred other tweeple but only subscribe to a few blogs.

  • March 14, 2009

    I really think that I would prefer blog readers because that is where I get a chance to really tell a story. My blog although about technology is really about my personal journey and the story matters. Catching attention in 140 characters is difficult and it’s hard to benefit from.

    Good poll!

  • March 14, 2009

    Good question. However, seems that most are using Twitter to feed their blog. Blog is where I can draw the reader into the real essence of my online presence. But, I am thinking that as we get more adept at conveying messages in 140 characters or less, the power of the tweet will increase!

  • March 14, 2009

    I’m not sure this is a valid question, because they serve different purposes. I use twitter to connect with my readers and find new readers.

    More twitter followers also helps get new readers. When I post an article on twitter, I get about 4-6% of my followers to click on the article. So more followers means more blog readers.

  • March 14, 2009

    I voted more blog readers.

    However, in a best of both worlds scenario, I would have more Twitter followers that convert into blog readers.

  • March 14, 2009

    People follow too much with the hope of a follow-back and don’t pay attention as much on Twitter. If they are subscribing to your blog, it usually means that at least one point they were engaged with your content enough to take action, they didn’t just go down a list of people and click a button. I’d trade every Twitter follower I have right now for a blog subscriber.

  • March 14, 2009

    I want blog readers more because they tend to be more interested in long-term, sustaining relationships. Twitter is a fun side project that leads less traffic to my blog than other tools.

    Twitter readers don’t go as in-depth as blog readers, either. Tweeple are encourage to sort of watch the stream go by and not try to interact as much. Blog readers tend to bookmark me and I see the same names again and again – whereas on Twitter I might reply to 10 tweeple a day and get 10 other people’s responses. There’s just not as much connection as there is with a real blog.

  • March 14, 2009

    I agree with Bill. I would rather have the blog readers.

  • March 14, 2009

    Your post is intriguing specifically because I hadn’t really considered it until you posted… but I do have more followers than readers of my blog.

    This makes me wonder if I perhaps need to rethink the need to have a blog at all. I like being able to have a place to publish longer works of thought, but I’ve admittedly blogged less as the daily work has increased in activity and interest, and I’ve been on Twitter with far more regularity.

    Thanks for provoking a gut check.

  • March 14, 2009

    I voted for more blogreaders…. would be the other way if I thought twitter would lead ppl to read my blog– in the end, for me, it’s all about my art being seen. So it is a path, to a road, to the destination: my artwork.
    My blog is something that is quite conected with my art making- and as an artist-what is important to me is that I am able to share my art. I love writing, and blogging has really enabled me to expound on my art, the process, the symbolism etc….
    Twitter is fun when I can conect and dialogue with people- but unfortunatley a lot of folks are in the numbers game- who knows if they even read the tweets?
    In my blog, I hope that people are able to find interesting and engagin content– and thay the will subscribe and beecome part of the journey!
    Visit my blog and stay forever! http://www.Olivosartstudio.blogspot.com

  • March 14, 2009

    The viral power of Twitter is amazing, but if it doesn’t convert to more blog readers, it’s just an ego trip.

  • March 14, 2009

    Voted for blog readers as we get very few twitter visitors each day

  • March 14, 2009

    Can’t really decide. Especially with the 140 character limit vs having to write 300 word s or so on some subject. On the other hand am not sure if I would want to follow very many who didn’t have at least some kind of online presence

  • March 14, 2009

    You can count me in for more blog readers as well. I make money directly from my blog – more visitors, more money. Twitter has the potential to make me money ( long term ) , but it’s more indirect. Now if the question is, would I rather have 10 new blog readers or 100 new Twitter followers…. the answer is not so easy ;)

  • March 14, 2009

    Hopefully your twitter followers would find you so clever and pertinent they would of course subscribe to your blog… but since that’s usually not the case, then having blog readers makes more sense business wise. There are lots of folks on Twitter who have 1000’s of followers just because they follow people and contribute little to nothing to the twitter stream and most folks blogs are something they take pride in and are more invested in.

  • March 14, 2009

    It seems easier to get twiter followers than blog readers.
    Also, what technology created your poll? Very cool.

  • March 14, 2009

    Both serve a specific purpose and yet both complement one another as well. I think first and foremost, it depend on the nature of your usage of both media and the goals you have in place regarding that media. Everyone’s opinion will certainly vary according to their vision.

  • March 14, 2009

    I went for Twitter because it’s a much bigger part of my day now but to be honest I’d like an even amount across both. I think they complement each other well and Twitter of course is a great way to drive traffic to your blog. Less so the other way around, although it does happen.

    I do think you have more ‘power’ with a large follow count on Twitter (and make of that statement what you will), but a large subscriber count on a blog monetizes significantly better.

    It’ll be interesting to see in a year or two where Twitter fits within the world (status-wise) and whether the first user to have a million followers will be an icon or a laughing stock.

  • March 14, 2009

    I have more control over the content of my blog. Twitter is fun, and a good way to keep track of my ideas…but I pour more into my blog.

  • March 14, 2009

    Definately blog readers. My blog is my blog, and twitter is, well my twitter :P

  • March 14, 2009

    I prefer more blog readers. I am just getting started with Twitter, hoping that it will help drive traffic to my blogs.

  • March 14, 2009

    I’d prefer more blog readers simply because I think subscribing to a blog is a more meaningful, significant commitment than following someone on Twitter – I think it’s easier to get blog readers to follow you on Twitter than it is to get Twitter followers to read your blog.

  • March 14, 2009

    I voted blog. Easy to promote your blog from Twitter, but tough to get your point across. I would rather have people read my blog to get my point of view and leave comments. It shows a commitment of more than a couple of microseconds.

  • March 14, 2009

    I chose blog readers. Twitter, for me, is like melted butter and the blog is the lobster. They can compliment each other very nicely, but if I have to choose one I want the one that provides the most meat and satisfies the hunger.

  • March 14, 2009

    In the radio industry Twitter seems ideal, when the short tweets are all you ever need – the only reason why Twitter will come out on top for me.

  • March 14, 2009

    Blog Readers hands down…

    Readers implies actually engaged users, while Twitter ‘followers’ could mean anything; from spam bots to auto-rss feed / twitter feed business twitterers…

    Hopefully the twitter bubble doesn’t burst and after they do start making money and get above 20 million users, the ratio of real people to auto-bots will be more reasonable. Like I’d say 3-1, kinda like in a club or bar, you’d like to have (if you’re a straight male) 3 women for 1 guy. So in the twitterverse I’m hoping for more real people in the future…

  • March 14, 2009

    I still prefer more blog readers. Twitter is a fun side activity, but I have not had much real benefit from it except being the guy people go to and ask “What is Twitter?”

    The blog generates money and comments, Twitter does not for me.

  • March 14, 2009

    Actually I like both . .

    I’m almost sure there’s no limit with blog readers . . But really I like seeing twitter messages .. Different subjects within 140 characters & I’d be happy to check out blogs in my free time as well. =]

    Just not loving the 2,000 followers limit rule twitter has. . .

  • March 14, 2009

    Ideally I’d like more blog readers

  • March 14, 2009

    I would have to say blog readers would benifit me more.

  • March 14, 2009

    Twitter is a great place to start blogging. Short, punchy, interesting thoughts, comments, links to share, re-share (RT), discuss, engage…after all it IS blogging, it’s microblogging. So for me, I would say great place to start a blog, earn a following, and then when you launch your blog, or to complement your blog, a great way to expand the discussion beyond 140 characters.

  • March 14, 2009

    I’d prefer blog readers, because it’s a deeper relationship where I can add more value. For me, twitter is about generating awareness and blogging is about generating interest and since interest is closer to “purchase” or “act” on the traditional marketing spectrum, I’d prefer that.

  • March 14, 2009

    I guess I’d rather have more blog followers than Twitter followers because as many of the above have said already, it doesn’t really mean anything if you have 10 or 1000 Twitter followers. But it does mean something (to me) when people are going to and enjoying my blog.

    Twittering is easier than blogging in some ways because it’s easier to come up with a “thought” than an entire piece… but then I look at my blogging as essays/articles (for the most part) rather than expanded thoughts.

    Ultimately it comes down to who you’re trying to impress. If it’s others, then having more Twitter followers is of value.. if it’s yourself, then having more blog readers is important.

  • March 14, 2009

    for a writer twitter is important as blog. but for a follower twitter is always important.

  • March 14, 2009

    I picked Twitter. Maybe because I see (and can interact more easily with) people in Twitter.Maybe it’s because I write more often in Twitter than my blog (blog posts are longer but much less frequent). Theory says that with blog readers, I have to keep them occupied or they won’t come back. I should be posting every day. But I have a day job and I don’t feel that I have the time for daily blogging. :-( With Twitter, it’s so easy to post a thought. And, I’m part of the stream. If I miss a day, it’s not a big deal.

  • March 14, 2009

    I selected “blog readers,” as my blog drives my business to a large extent, but the real answer is not that simple.

    As a relatively new blogger, I started using Twitter last fall in order to find a group of like minded people who I could direct to my blog (and new business) when it eventually launched. My strategy seems to have worked–in the few weeks that the blog has been live, 40% of my readers have come both from my posts and subsequent re-tweets on Twitter, and Twitter has also taken my posts to Hypebot and other blogs that my small blog would not have reached otherwise, for an additional 16% of my traffic. I realize that there will be a significant shift in these numbers as my blog grows, but my whole goal of using Twitter was to drive traffic to my blog, and it has worked. I don’t have a ton of followers there (340 as I type this), but it is a focused and responsive group that grows by 5 to 10 people each day.

    That being said, as I’ve used Twitter, it has become something very different from what I imagined/intended. It is much more “social” than most “social media”–interaction is real-time and much more authentic because those who choose to interact with you on Twitter have to actually do something other than clicking a button that says they like what you do. Thus, the relationships on Twitter, while funneling traffic to my blog, have taken on a life of their own, providing me with new ideas, new perspectives, news updates and instant feedback.

    It’s almost to the point that I feel it is unfair to compare the two, as they have become so different in the way that they fit into my daily routine.

  • March 14, 2009

    My blog really defines who I am, so therefore I prefer “blog”. Twitter has drawn some traffic to my blog. At this point my Twitter following has grown much faster than my blog subscriptions. And, some of those tweeples are signing on as followers only to rack up their numbers. They’re not really interested in what I have to say. But, the fun part of Twitter is that it offers short and quick tweets rather than longer, more thought-provoking blog posts.

  • March 14, 2009

    I would at the moment prefer more visitors to my blog, and a lot of the Tweeds are at the moment advertising blog-content. But maybe I’m just an old blogger, and not aware of Twitters full potential

  • March 14, 2009

    I think that most people now on twitter and facebook think that if they get a lot of followers or friends, they’ll make more money. I don’t know if that’s true.

    If you have interesting, informative or just entertaining things to say, people will want to listen to you. Just broadcasting a bunch of links will not make you money.

    That’s why I said I would rather have more blog readers. Those are people that are more likely to be interested in what you have to say rather than just signing up in hopes that you’ll follow them also.

  • March 14, 2009

    For me, it is more about quality than quantity. Let me explain. I’m not a “follower/reader whore”. I have been blogging and, more recently, twittering because I have always enjoyed expressing myself well, and now that I am retired, it has become my principal avocation. I enjoy writing most of all, but of course, it is rewarding to know that some people enjoy reading what I have to say. Nevertheless, the real gratification comes from the occasional reader who reads me well (gets some of my ideas that I present subtly). So, I strive for quality readers. And, because I make a much greater effort for quality posts in my blog, it follows that I would prefer more blog readers.

  • March 14, 2009

    well, since i am trying to use twitter as a way to get more blog readers, or to interract with the blog readers i already have and form friendships, i would definitely like more blog READERS. twitter is simply a tool to get/and keep them.

  • March 14, 2009

    Ditto to what Joel said. You write a blog and hope people will read it. Twitter is taking part of a conversation and may help drive traffic, but for many, it’s not the same as your blog.

  • March 14, 2009

    As someone who has 270 blog subscribers and 880 twitter followers, I would love for those followers to become subscribers. I can’t think of a reason I’d rather have more followers than subscribers other than I hope the would convert.

  • March 14, 2009

    Capturing and retaining a small percentage of faithful blog readers is more difficult and time consuming than acquiring and keeping Twitter followers. Blog readers are not easily replaced, whereas lost Twitter follower counts can generally be recouped within a day or so with little or no effort.

    Therefore, I would much rather have more blog readers than Twitter followers. There’s more of an investment and sense of loyalty.

  • March 14, 2009

    I have yet to find a way to monetize Twitter as well as a blog. Its not all about the money but I use Twitter more for feedback and contacting new leads for my music business. It is so easy to get in contact with famous people on Twitter. (i.e. I was just talking to Darren Rowse this week about this same issue on twitter)

  • March 14, 2009

    I would prefer more blog readers.

  • March 14, 2009

    I prefer blog readers. I put a lot of thought and work into my blog, and I’ve had it for 3 years now. Social media outlets like Twitter seem to change so often, whereas the whole blogging concept has been around a lot longer, so it seems more practical to want more blog readers than Twitter followers or whatever the social media of the week is.

  • March 14, 2009

    Getting Twitter followers is easy. Getting blog subscribers demands more commitment from people, so the value is much higher.

  • March 14, 2009
    David

    Has anyone else noticed that most of the posts at TwiTips are from “Guest Posters?” Look at the first line of each new post and it obvious Darren is now just recycling content. Too bad because at one time this was actually a good blog (just a few months ago).

  • March 14, 2009

    If the Twitter interface did not indicate (or provided an optional indicator) of your follower/following statistics, would your question be moot?

  • March 14, 2009

    I can engage people more on Twitter, enter discussions and learn more. I use it for so much more than just followers. And I find the time for it in small increments, whereas it takes a couple hours to do up a worthwhile blog post.

  • March 14, 2009

    Twitter has drawn so much of traffic to my blog. At this point my Twitter following has grown much faster than my blog subscriptions… :)

  • March 14, 2009

    The way I thought about this question is that I asked myslef, “What value would I give to a large number of followers OR blog subscribers?”I quickly answered: Value and Utility.

    So, my answer to this poll is that I would prefer to have more Twitter followers. That way, I’d be forced to offer more valuable content on my blog. With more than 140 characters to play with, I should be able to do this – right?

  • March 14, 2009

    Twitter brings traffic to my blog so I value both. But if I have to choose I chose I prefer more blog readers as a lot more thought goes into the 200 or more words I post on my blog.
    Yet I enjoy the 140 characters interaction with all my Twitter followers.

  • March 15, 2009

    I voted for blog readers because that is the funnel to the business. Twitter followers hopefully will become blog readers.

  • March 15, 2009

    It’s got to be more blog readers. My blog is my lifeblood, Twitter is a means to engage folks and hopefully our Twitter relationship will blossom into a subscriber/mentor/community member.

    With that said I do understand the importance of Twitter followers. I’m glad to see a notification in my email, and there are times I’ll spend hours twittering and thoroughly enjoying the diverse conversations in my timeline.

    George

  • March 15, 2009

    I prefer Blog Readers but it would be great if Twitter followers become Blog Readers.

  • March 15, 2009

    I have a question at large here:

    I have set up a blog: drjohndc.tumblr.com where I review hundreds of scientific articles on health, wellness, nutrition, drug safety and environmental issues. My original thought in using twitter was to automatically post my blog entries using twitterfeed. In a few short weeks, I have acquired a modest (few hundreds) following on twitter, originally by following people geographically close to my office (in the hope they would follow me back) , but lately from people further away (who knows how they find me!). I would like to continue providing the feeds for those who are following me (my twitter followers far outnumber my blog readers, even offering feedblitz as an email option), however I am reading that posting too many tweets (I post upwards of 15-20 articles a day) is a good way to get “unfollowed”.

    At the same time, I have started to get inquiries from tweeters about various health issues, and I would like to keep open channels with those living nearby who might eventually become patients

    Soo0…

    How do I keep my followers happy (and switching to the blog), while reaching out to a more Q&A driven crowd (ultimately the best potential new patients)?

  • March 15, 2009

    I would definitely like more blog readers because my blog is very important to me. Communicating on Twitter is one of the most important things in my life, and Twitter is definitely my most important Social Media venue. But I am choosing my blog as most important because eventually I plan to make a career out of blogging, writing, and related activities. However, it is not even the fact that I want to monetize, it’s just that blogging and related activities (including consulting and speaking) are just what I do naturally. But I want to reiterate again that Twitter is a very, very important part of my life — I love my followers (most are mutal — and I consider them friends, of course), and couldn’t imagine my life without them. Thanks for a great question, Darren!

  • March 15, 2009

    More blog readers than Twitter. You get more depth of conversation and sense of ongoing relationship with blogging, which I really value. For me, Twitter is fun and great for exposing me to new writers, but more starter than main course. Although a very tasty starter!

  • March 15, 2009

    Blog readers as that’s monetizable.

  • March 15, 2009

    Hi,

    After spending a good amount of time trying to write useful and relevant content for my blog, I really appreciate when people tell me that they enjoy reading my articles.
    So, readers before twitters.
    It goes without saying that I hope to convert twitters into blog readers, namely YOU.

    Take care,

    José

  • March 15, 2009

    I voted for more Twitter followers, and after reading the comments above, I can see how more blog readers would make sense.

    My take is slightly different though … I’m finding that I spend more time reading what people Tweet about rather than reading the blogs I watch. I used to read a handful of blogs on a daily basis but now I’m finding that I just skim the headlines and even if there’s a headline that sounds interesting, I usually won’t divert to it unless it it really catches my attention.

    Instead I feel I can cover more ground by reading through my Twitter groups, after all, the authors of most blogs I read are on Twitter and if I see something of interest I’ll check it out.

    It just seems that the attraction to Twitter and if used properly can work better to bring people to your blog. I do agree that it’s easier to convert Twitter followers from a blog, but I can’t help but feel those who convert to blog readers from Twitter will be better quality blog readers. Thus they are more likely to hang on your every word.

    There’s still far more people who just don’t see the value with Twitter, but things are changing fast, and I’m sure we’ll start to see a shift to more Twitter followers vs blog readers.

    Enjoy … Scott

  • March 16, 2009

    @ “David”
    ?? Since when is having a guest post “recycling content”??

    There is almost always valuable stuff here. Twitter is dynamic and the changes there seem to be covered ok here.

    George

  • March 16, 2009

    @ David

    But if guest articles are as good as Darren’s (and they almost always are. I know Darren makes sure of that) then what’s the problem?

    For what it’s worth, this wasn’t a guest post. It looks like Darren used the “Guest Poster” author by mistake.

    Jamie

  • March 16, 2009

    I’d rather have more readers visit my blog than twitter followers because you can only get so much out of a tweet–and there’s no possible way to stay connected with all the tweets out in the twitterverse, especially if you’re following 5,000. Ideally it would be great if all 5,000 followers hit your blog as well….is that happening? Should I quit my blog job and start selling burritos at the train station?

    Come to the blog for an AWESOME read and follow on twitter for an abbreviated version.

  • March 16, 2009

    I like to think of Twitter as the beginning and widest part of my sales funnel. Ergo, more Twitter users. If it were otherwise I would ramp-up my Twitter marketing big-time. Glad to see 500 people took this survey. Surveys are great.

  • March 16, 2009

    Blog readers by far – I love everyone on Twitter, but it is not hard to increase the size of the network and get good followers and good conversations going. It’s just a matter of time.

    Blogging’s much more difficult: you have to trust the audience to engage your work and come to you with questions and concerns. It’s no surprise that my best twitter conversations come from people who engage my work at the blog, and I don’t say that because I’m an egotist. I say it because they’re showing a real concern for me and what I do that makes them a lot more than just a pretty face in my book.

  • March 17, 2009

    Hi great pots. In my point of view its great to have good of loyals and real fallowers on twitter becuase whit the time they will be loyal readers of you blog, if they like what you tweet they like what you write.

    Thank you for the question.

  • March 17, 2009

    80% vote for blog readers. By the way I also want more Blog Readers. I know Twitter is cool but ultimately I am getting more followers on Twitter so that one day they become Blog Readers.

  • March 17, 2009

    For me, no-brainer… blog-followers. Although meeting new people in one’s nich interests certainly helps with driving a bit of traffic to blogs…

  • March 18, 2009

    Aren’t Twitter followers becoming a 3rd type of subscriber?

  • March 18, 2009

    I would definitely say more blog followers! I look at Twitter as a way to meet people, social media as it implies. But, while it is nice to write 140 character updates for quick thoughts, ultimately my passion is in my blog and this is where I want people to read. I know most of my Twitter followers (unless I @ them) will not see my updates. A blog follower can read the blog when they get the chance.

    There is more knowledge to pass on and share in a blog and isn’t that why people post their website address and promote on Twitter? To get folks to read their other writing or promote their products? It is unlikely you can read all of the updates from all of your Twitter followers. I think Twitter as more of a means to an end. Let’s be honest here, a lot of self-promotion goes on in Twitter.

    Blogs are more about sharing personal insight and knowledge with others. The writing on blogs has more meaning to the writer who wants to pass that on to others.

    Twitter is a fun way to connect and pass on little snippets of information. But, a lot of time goes into a blog and when someone follows your blog, it means so much more – they are REALLY interested in what you have to say. That is what I appreciate. It requires a lot less commitment to follow someone on Twitter.

    Bottom line is that there is value in both.

  • March 18, 2009

    Twitter Followers more than my blog readers, i think because of my blog is new.

  • March 20, 2009
    Tony Safina
    @TonyXavier

    I don’t have a blog, not one worth talking about — better said, not one that I update regularly. But if I did have a regularly updated blog I’d want more blog readers. A blog reader returns because they like what you have to say. Twitter followers follow for many reasons. Some like what you have to say, some like news updates, some only follow because you’re following them. I think any follower is a good follower, but the typical reader of your blog is, generally speaking, more likely to keep up with you or the info you have to share than a typical Twitter follower is when it comes to reading every tweet you write.

  • March 22, 2009

    I’d rather have more blog readers than twitter followers because of the mass amounts of people using applications like Tweetgetter. I just don’t see that all the people ‘Following’ me each day are doing so because they’re interested in hearing what I have to say as opposed to increasing their own “Followers” list. I’d much prefer having people reading my blog and actually being interested in my words!

  • March 24, 2009

    David – sorry that you feel that having guest posts means the blog is not as good as it would be if it were just me writing it.

    I actually hold the exact opposite opinion.

    My experience of Twitter is only to a certain point – lets rate it as a 4 out of 10. However I firmly believe that together we know a lot more than any individual. I’m pretty confident that if My knowledge of Twitter is a 4 out of 10 then the TwiTip community is approaching 9 to 10. The 7000 or so people who read this blog and the 100 or so contributors that we’ve had each bring an incredibly diverse range of experiences of Twitter to the table. We’ve had people write on topics I could never ever have covered and as a result I think that this is a more useful place for all – at least I’ve learned a fair bit from involving others and I hope that that is the experience of many.

  • March 25, 2009

    I like followers who engage with me wither on twitter or my blog.

  • March 26, 2009

    Blog Readers are much better. They¨re really interested in my content on my blog.

  • April 3, 2009

    blogging is more interactive.

  • April 3, 2009

    amen to that

  • April 6, 2009

    I’m wondering what is the correct strategy in getting Twitter followers. Is it accepting every follower and follow back, or is it to only follow the people that are relevant to your business. I really depends how much the number of followers influence the followers you attract.

  • April 12, 2009

    I think most people with blogs would much prefer having more blog readers. Having Twitter followers is nice, but there are people that follow an awful lot of feeds, and chances are yours could get lost in all the tweets.

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