One of the most rewarding parts of participating in social media is seeing your following grow. It's validating, it's exciting and it's excellent motivation to keep sharing, blogging and tweeting. You start to think to yourself, wow, I can't believe all these people want to see what I have to say, to know what I'm doing and follow my posts! So when dozens, hundreds or thousands of people are tuned into your tweets, Instagrams, Facebook updates, etc. – should you care more about what exactly you say?
This got me to thinking: Do I need to think a little more carefully before I tweet? And never mind me, what about the people with more than 18,000 twitter followers like Jennine? I asked her about it, and we were sort of torn. People start to follow you because they like who you are and what you say, and if you start to modify or censor that, are you defeating the purpose? Even if you're not at those kinds of numbers (and few of us are) what happens when you hit 1,000? 3,000?
On the other hand, with so many people watching you, do you have a bit of a reputation to uphold? With a large following, you run the risk of embarrassing yourself, offending someone, offending thousands, alienating hundreds or worse yet, boring thousands of people with just a few sentences. After all, you never know who might retweet you…
What I want to know is, are there responsibilities and etiquette that come with a growing social media following? Do you think that as your reach expands, you should be more mindful of what you say, who you say it to and when you say it? Vote in our poll and leave your comments below!