Frequently, when I start following a new blog or Twitter account, I get a note that says something like, “Thanks so much for following me! I’ve read your stuff for a while and I love it – look forward to chatting!!”
That’s flattering, but truly unnecessary. The fact is, I (and I suspect that this is true among many others) don’t follow you because we want to chat, or because we want to boost your ego. I follow something you’re doing because you have information and I want it.
It’s as simple as that. I think that your blog might help me learn, I think that your Facebook page may have interesting events I should know about, I think that your Twitter feed may have local news before someone else’s, I think that your YouTube channel will make me laugh. You see, it’s all about me. I think, I want, I need.
People are selfish. They do things that benefit them. Now sure, I become friends with people I interact with on the Web, and sure, I chat with people, and sure, I can be generous to them. But there’s no need to thank me. I’ve already rewarded me by following you.