A Milestone: Reaching My 1,000th Twitter Follower

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

At last.








As noted in the image above, I finally have arrived in the Twittersphere.  Or, at least I think so.

I reached follower 1,000 earlier today. And, as of this afternoon that number has catapulted to 1,001!

Frankly, this process took much longer than anticipated.  As examined in this August 2015 post, I had attracted more than 700 followers and anticipated a meteoric ascent to four figures.

Well, it only took around eight more months. Now, the quest continues to 2,000 and beyond.

But, kind followers, I’ll need your help to crack the 2,000 follower mark.

What strategies and tactics should I employ to reach that next digital plateau?

Change the image on my profile page? Tweet early and often? Retweet and favor more selected tweets? Follow more people, organizations and companies that are public relations based?  Should I follow the Real Donald Trump?

Your thoughts are most welcomed. I’m confident I’ll land 1,999 new followers by year end. And, that will be no mean tweet.

I’m mean feat.




Follow Me, Come Follow Me — On Twitter

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

When it debuted in early 2006, let’s say I was ambivalent about Twitter.

What? A new social media platform that only let’s you send really short messages? Is it a “micro blog?” Does it have value? Who will use it?

More importantly: Is it a waste of time?

No doubt lots of others posed these same questions, learning later that when managed properly, Twitter can help build brands, catapult careers and even fuel revolutions. When used improperly, Twitter can destroy brands, sink careers and fuel revolutions.

alltwitter-twitter-bird-logo-white-on-blue So, I joined and began to tweet, but infrequently, and on a pretty wide range of subjects. I’ve learned that success in the Twittersphere hinges on frequency, concentrating tweets on a singular subject and tweeting poignant stuff with relevant hashtags.  Being Taylor Swift (61 million followers) or the Dalai Lama (only 11.7 million followers) also probably helps elevate one’s standing.

And, from the perspective of employing Twitter in the practice of public relations — a communications practice that helps build relationships — there’s no question of its value.

Recently, I’ve had a “revolution” of sorts, thanks to Twitter. Over the past few weeks, I started gaining lots of followers, though not at the pace of Ms. Swift or the Dalai Lama. I think it correlates with registering 500 followers, because after that point, followers arrived at the rate of five or six per day; as of this writing I’m at 765 followers. And counting.

Now I have followers who are:

  • Serious Mommy bloggers.
  • Serious coupon clippers.
  • Serious lifestyle/beauty bloggers.
  • An expert at making grilled cheese.
  • A soap opera expert.
  • A “charisma” teacher.
  • A 21-year-old start-up guru.

And, you get the picture. Oh, and I do have followers who are in public relations, communications, real estate and transportation — the professions and industries that hold my interest.  Although I have nothing but good things to say those who tweet on the subjects noted above and others that fall outside my purview.

Let me get to the point: My goal is to reach that four-figure Twitter follower milestone. So, follow me, come follow me, to steal a line from a popular song.

I’ll make it easy for you: https://twitter.com/edwardmbury