The warning in in the headline is accurate because this post is part of a social media experiment. I am playing mad scientist and conducting a very simple experiment to see what happens when I ask you to help me with a couple of simple things.
Here is what I would like you to do:
Circle me on Google+
Follow me on Twitter
Become a fan of my Facebook page.
Why am I Doing This?
Part of is curiosity. I want to see what happens when I ask my readers to do something and part of it is because I am trying to grow the platform. Part of it is because I think Google Authorship is going to be important and I want to use its strength.
There is no obligation to do any of these things. If we are already connected than I will say thank you and even if we aren’t I will thank you for taking time to read this.
If you want to have a serious discussion about power and influence in social media than you have to take into account what happens when people ask for help. True power and influence is tied into it.
The number of followers you have undoubtedly impacts your influence but it is mitigated by how many respond to your call to action. If you have a million twitter followers but only 5 respond to your CTA your influence isn’t as strong as it might be.
I suppose you could integrate reach into this too. Triberr might extend your potential reach into the millions, but reach is a funny metric because even though have “access” it doesn’t mean people are reading or responding.
What do you think?