Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

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At least it was until about 5:45pm today when The Green Asterisk suddenly showed up on it! BOOYA! Show your Asterisk pride by becoming a fan of the awesomest geek blog ever. Because anyone who's anyone is both on Facebook and loves us. >.> yeah... That's right... <.<

In other news, welcome all the n00bs! Just waiting on one more blog post from one more n00b before we get back to business as usual. Here's a recap:

Nick: Here's the go-to guy for TV. Well-versed in over 150 series with a focus on sci-fi, he's undoubtedly the best guy for opinions on the best the Tube (or Hulu) has to offer.

Jocelyn: Working currently at a video game store, she is the one to see for an opinion on video games of all types and all consoles. As a political science major, she is also the conservative end of the Asterisk's political spectrum.

Scott: Assistant Manager at a movie theater, Scott knows movies well, but his more recent focus is sci-fi and fantasy literature. As an early adopter of both TiVo and Hulu, a computer constructor since the age of 18, and a cautious fan of MMORPGs, Scott is a well-rounded geek who could fire me if I ever pissed him off.

Patrick: The last guy to do an introductory blog (read "hasn't done one yet") is the liberal end of the Asterisk's political spectrum and an avid fan of popular culture. I look forward to reading his introductory blog post because I'd love to see what else he has to offer.

Steve: This is me. I've been here all along. I'm not a n00b, but I should explain my role. I'm the movie geek. It's weird, though, 'cause I really haven't seen all the classic movies that you saw back in the 80's and 90's that were absolutely essential to popular culture. I have seen the most important ones, though, and I'm trying to catch up on Netflix. What makes me the movie guy is that I've seen all the more recent movies and I really am a credited screenwriter. Besides that, I'm always looking for the newest movie news and I always report what's the most interesting.

So, this is the new Asterisk! Full of geek news and opinions and flaunting its stuff on Facebook. Enjoy! And tell your friends!