Anil Dash just made the same discovery that I made a couple a months ago about the impact of being added to the Twitter Suggested List.
Being on Twitter's suggested user list makes no appreciable difference in the amount of retweets, replies, or clicks that I get.
A lot of followers doesn't equal influence. As Stefano Maggi points out, there's more to influence besides numbers, there is also affinity. Geoff Livingston said it another way: relationships matter more than numbers. We did an experiment to prove our point.
There's no way to maintain strong ties with that many people with such fast growth. Anil Dash has come to this conclusion as well:
Twitter followers who come from the suggested user list don't form real relationships or respond to the suggested users like "normal" followers do. If I'd have continued gaining followers at the rate I had been before being on the list, I'd have about 10% as many followers, but I suspect I'd have exactly the same number of replies and retweets. Before being on the list, a typical link that I tweeted would get between 250 and 500 clicks; After being on the list that hasn't changed at all.
So, the point here is that numbers in social media don't matter as much building relationships one person at a time and how you define the value. Chris Brogan makes that point. And that also means, as Seth Godin suggests bullhorns are overrated.
The bottom line is to focus on the results of your social media strategy, don't get distracted by meaningless metrics like the number of Twitters followers.
What do you think?