since posting my rant the other day about twitter, and the products/methods/ebooks that pump up your follower count at any cost, one thing’s become clear to me: honesty wins more friends than enemies. this should be fairly obvious, but apparently, to some, it’s not. just take a look at the comments on this post and the variety of posts by “different authors” that were all actually written by the same person. as allison mentioned, there’s only so much deception one person can take before the masquerade is exposed, and those that were tricked into believing it made very angry.
on the other hand, by being honest about my experience, the first comment i received was from someone i’ve followed for a long time, who’s sort of a social media guru. i got a snarky link back in the header of twitter rocket dot com (as well as a compliment on my design, thanks @nearjones ;), and a blog post written about my rant, by the person who’s been following this particular con job for a long time. my post also appears to be floating around stumbleupon and friendfeed. in short, i’ve gotten more legitimate attention by not using spammy tools or methods than i ever did by using them.
score one point for transparency.