We used to measure our popularity and successful relationships by the number of friends we had; those who exchanged birthday cards, met for lunch, sat on the front porch on a summer night. now, though, our friends are measured by the activity in our social media sites.
Who knew that today's mark of "Success" is defined instead by social media? How
many followers are enough to make you popular? If you have more social
media traffic, are you inclined to make more frequent posts?? Is it an
effective way for you to keep in touch with close friends?
recent Writer's Digest article posted counts for notable pageviews for
writers trying to prove they have a decent following for their work.
Notable numbers are high, starting with:
Blog page views: 20,000/month
Twitter followers: 5,000 followers or newsletter subscribers
Speaking appearances to 1,000 people per year
Book sales total: 4,000 for self-published nonfiction, 2,000 for fiction
By those standards, most of us are lurkers - reading just the blogs and Facebook/twitter feeds we can scan in a few minutes.
Don't take it too seriously though. It's summer, and we know where our real friends are - out on the porch, reading a good book.