Since joining Twitter, leaving and rejoining, albeit since 2008, I’ve come to the following anecdotal findings:

  1. If you post a question, and you have fewer than 1,000 followers, and fewer than 10 are close friends or colleagues, the likelihood of getting any response is slim-none.
  2. If you post a question directed towards a product or service, and you include the appropriate hashtag(s), the vendor will often jump on it quickly.

Therefore, I’m no longer going to attempt to get answers to casual questions which aren’t aimed at a vendor in some way.  It must be nice to be in the position of those with some media clout, like Paul Thurrott, Johan Arwidmark, or Rod Trent (to name a few) since they can post seemingly trivial questions and get responses.  It makes perfect sense to me from a pragmatic view, since they’ve earned that level of recognition and respect, and I have not.  It just means I have to explore alternate means for resolving my trivial questions (Google, YouTube, Reddit, etc.)

What’s interesting (to me, anyway) is that this doesn’t fit with the traditional public view that such public recognition is demographically aligned along class or economic lines.  This is one example (possibly among many) where public recognition is built upon proven results and public appeal, rather than “buying” into the level of prestige.   In other words, you can’t buy your way into being a tech guru, you have to earn it, like those I mentioned above (and many others).  Nice to keep in mind for when people argue you can’t gain recognition without starting from a life of exceptional means.


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