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…

Site Updates

Usually I only do a site update post if there have been MAJOR changes, but in the past few weeks I've made a whole lot of little changes that probably warrant mentioning.

First of all, if you haven't checked out the countdown clocks at the bottom of the page which have been there for ages, please do. You'll find the very handy countdown to the end of the world as well as the deadline for hoverboards.

The first little thing I added was a Popular Posts widget so you can track exactly how popular my Velociraptor Awareness post continues to be in comparison to every other post on the blog.
SPOILER ALERT: Zack's tend to be more popular than mine.
For a while now I've been displaying my own tweets on the sidebar, but since Zack has joined the team, I went ahead and changed around the Twitter feed to display a list which includes Me, Zack and the GreenAsterisk account.
I make up for it with more popular tweets.
Lastly, the biggest change. Here's the screenshot first...
You're probably familiar with the Home button and the Dark Matter button. They've been there forever. If you haven't checked out Dark Matter, please do, though! The rest are as follows:

  • YouTube: For a while I'd had a Videos page that displayed a bunch of favorite videos and original videos from YouTube. Well, I decided that was kind of lame, and since YouTube has some awesome new features now-a-days, I just linked it directly to my profile where you can find all the same videos, but laid out more awesomely.
  • Store: I had also had a link to our Amazon store, but it was really a link to a page that redirects to the store. Well, I just found out that I could make "pages" links, so instead of an annoying redirect, you'll just go directly to the store. Easy!
  • Tumblr: Probably the most significant update is the fact that I've moved my Tumblr account to tumblr.TheGreenAsterisk.com and you can get there directly from the home page using this button. If you have a Tumblr account, you will be able to follow me there to see all the regular blog posts as well as awesome and hilarious stuff I find all over Tumblr and the Internet at large.
  • Find Steve: If you ever want to get in contact with me, this button will take you to my Google+ profile which has absolutely every way you could possibly need to find me. There is no reason you should ever feel I'm impossible to get a hold of.
  • Find Zack: Zack has a similar page, but it's one that he made for himself over on his personal blog. We're both incredibly easy to find. I think secretly we both want to be stalked.
So that's it! Everything you ever wanted to know about the recent Green Asterisk updates. Don't hesitate to ask me if you ever have an idea for the site or a suggestion for a post. And let me know what you think about these updates in the comments below!


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