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…


Hello! The first assignment given to bloggers here at the Green Asterisk is to introduce yourself. It's good that an assignment is given otherwise many of us probably wouldn't know where to start. With that problem taken care of, I can move on to the problem of the actual introduction.

My name is Scott. I'm currently a student at St. Petersburg College where I take most of my classes over the internet through their eCampus program. I hope to transfer to USF as part of the Studio Fine Arts program at some point in the upcoming year. I currently work as a manager at a movie theatre. I've worked in my theatre for a total of about nine years, which has been great because I love watching movies. I also like to read and collect hardcover books. I read webcomics and watch television both on my DVR and over the internet (Hulu for the win).

As this site is geek orientated, I shall explain my qualifications. I first read The Lord of the Rings trilogy in 7th grade. I learned how to use the internet when it was first going mainstream. At that point, doubling your modem speed from 14.4 kbps to 28.8 kbps was a must have upgrade, and the move to 56 kbps was even more exciting.

I built my first computer at the age of 18. I then used that computer to upload a stream of webcam pictures from the living room of my first apartment to my first website, apartmentcam.net. I later abandoned apartmentcam.net to start piratica.com which was a community based "art" site, which is another way of saying that a bunch of people would share pron on a message board system. While this was great fun, we eventually abandoned the idea of the site after our users crashed the host's server multiple times due to excessive data load.

I then turned my attention to the online multiplayer version of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein game. My handle was Plan9, which I took from the infamous movie, Plan 9 from Outer Space, by the worst director of all time, Ed Wood. I played competively for about 3 years for clans such as, The Alliance of Soup Nazi's, Short Transvestites on Prozac, Clan Conspiracy, The Duckside, and finally Operation Psycho Patrol. I met many great people through competitive gaming. I would drive 3 and a half hours to Georgia to attend LAN parties with people that I had only spoken to over the internet, and it was some of the best times that I've ever had. I stopped playing first person shooters to play Final Fantasy 11 online. I began playing under the name Plann, which I took to be the elven version of my fps name. I played FFXI for just over 124 real time days in 14 months before quitting. That is about 29% of my time for just over a year. I also slept, worked, and took classes. I don't quite know how I pulled that off, but I did. Due to this, I was very hesitant to begin playing World of Warcraft, and actually held out for over a year. I eventually joined up and played to level 70 with a Night Elf Rogue before retiring.

Oh yeah, I also owned a first generation TiVo, which I purchased while TiVo still had to play infomercials explaining why people would want to pay $500 for a TiVo.

I've been a proud geek since early high school, but nowadays its a lot less online gaming, IRC chatting, and message boards, and a lot more webcomics, deviantart, and facebook.

I hope that this site will be able to bring some interesting bits of information to your attention through this blog, and I'm excited to have the chance to participate.



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