This week on Twitter Ashton Kutcher reached 1 million followers in a dramatic race to beat CNN to this milestone. Oprah Winfrey also started tweeting and in her first day amassed over 200,000 followers.
In this article I want to explore the power of influence and ask a question that on the surface seems quite simple but when you look closer it reflects something deeper and more intriguing. Your answers can show you your deeper motivations and reflect what you are likely to give and receive from the world
Imagine if you had the chance to send a message to 1 million people what would you say.Would you be self serving or would you use your message to benefit others
Inspired To Greatness
If I had the ability to message 1 million people I would probably send them a link to something inspirational or to something that would shift their perspective for a few moments, I would make sure that whatever blog post or video I sent them to had a way for them to send that same message out to all their friends and I would show people how they could send their own similar message to the world that had the potential to go viral
The benefit of sharing something valuable and inspiring rather than asking for something for yourself is that the good feelings that people generate will be associated with your name for a long time into the future. If you ask for a handout or go begging for clicks like so many people seem to do on Twitter you are just acting in a self serving way. The reason Oprah Winfrey got so huge is because she is authentic and genuine and committed to helping people and serving her community, people all over the world love her for these very reasons
This is one of those inspirational videos that came to me in the past week, I watched it several times because it reminded me that anyone, no matter who they are or what they look like has the potential to touch the hearts of millions of people around the globe. Susan Boyle has now become the most viral video on the internet with over 40 million views.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf All The Time
On Twitter if you shout into cyberspace with a self serving attitude some people will certainly hear you and respond. If you continue to shout all the time demanding attention, your response rate will decline and your message will be ignored just like the boy who cried wolf. You can fool people once but you can’t fool people on a long term basis.
Attention Is An Earned Privilege
Only by building a Twitter following and adding value to your network will you earn the privilege of your followers attention. If everyone else is shouting how can you cut through the noise. Even if you have the right tools, you still need loyal followers who will share your message even further
Getting Your Message Out To The World
If you had 1 million Twitter followers and you could send a message to the world what would you say ? How would you use that power of communication?
Would it be self serving or would it be a message of hope, inspiration and joy? I would love to hear your comments, send me an @ message on twitter @iandavidchapman or leave a comment on this blog post or on my Facebook note
Please Share Some of Your Inspiration
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