Wowee +Beth Kanter
- thanks for drawing my attention to that amazing interview of +Robert Scoble by +Howard Rheingold all about content curation.
I just watched it end to end and am so sharing with my peeps now. Being the best human aggregator
is something close to my heart. Anyone can select a niche and cherry pick the best content out there to share with their network. The secret is to keep persisting over time. I've used this four-part formula for several years: Quality Network + Quality Content + Consistency + Genuine, Passionate Caring = Profitable Relationships.
Re this post you shared - it'll be interesting to see if Google+ raises the 5k circle ceiling
at some point. I know many people have long wanted the 5k Facebook friend ceiling to be raised... but that's what fan pages are for. ;) I do agree with Robert on the G+ iPhone app: it's rudimentary and takes too long to load as you navigate. I'd be on G+ more often if the app worked better. Sure look forward to the new and improved one! :) (Either that, or I've gotta get myself a Droid as well. Lol!)
Re the topic of Twitter following limits and follower ratio
that several folks have mentioned here - the 2,000 following limit is in place to prevent spammers from going hog-wild following a gazillion people. In order to break through the 2,000 ceiling, you'll need approx 1,800 followers. It's about 90%. Your followers don't have to be the exact same people that you follow.
One option to get past the 2k limit is simply put people/accounts that don't tend to follow back into a list instead. You don't have to be following accounts in order to put them in a list. Several large news accounts, celebrities and the likes are just not going to follow everyone back and that's fine. (manageflitter.com
is a great tool for keeping your Twitter account the way you want it).
Now here's the piece many folks miss: once you go past the 2k limit, that 90% ratio still applies; you can never go beyond the ratio of total following (people you follow) x 90% = total followers (people who follow you).
One other area many folks get confused about is transposing the numbers. Any Twitter account can have an unlimited number of followers, and selectively follow only a small number of accounts. (e.g.@LadyGaGa has 12M+ followers and follows 132k).
Similarly, on Google+, you can have an unlimited (as far as I know!) number of G+ users who have added you to their circles but you can only add a max of 5,000 (for now!) users to circles.
Btw +Jillian C. York
- re how does anyone manage a stream of over 10,000 people?!
I follow over 113k peeps on Twitter and my strategy is to focus on my @ mentions, a few saved searches, several of my Twitter Lists, my DMs, and some hashtag discussions from time to time. I do catch tweets in my main timeline in my periphery awareness at times and RT and/or spark new discussions. One of my primary reasons for following back is to open the two-way DM box.