Guy With a Million Followers Braces for Twitter Meltdown. Lessons For All…

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Close your eyes and imagine you’ve built your entire social media following on Twitter.


Go on, imagine it. 


Pretty scary, huh!? 


Where will you and your followers be in a few months after the dust settles from the Elon Musk earthquake. 


For those not following the news: Elon Musk (the guy who runs Tesla and SpaceX) recently bought Twitter for $44 billion…


…and all hell has broken loose since.

He laid off half his workforce. He’s pissed off countless Twitter users. Major influencers have fled. And the company’s future is in serious doubt…


…which is why guys like Jeff Passan are begging their followers to follow them elsewhere. 


Passan is an ESPN baseball reporter who has 989,000 followers on Twitter. On Sunday, he tweeted the following:

Breaking news over on my Instagram: Rafael Montero, one of the best relief pitchers on the market, has agreed to a free agent deal. Check out @JeffPassan on Instagram for details on the team and the expected length and dollars of the contract…

I have two reactions.


First reaction: If you want to anger your Twitter followers, tell them, “I have a secret, but I’m not going to tell you here. Go to my other social platform where I’ll tell you.” 


You could burn hours reading the angry replies to Passan’s tweet. I’ll save you the trouble by summarizing the basic theme: “Screw you, Jeff. Just tell us the damn news – here and now!” 


Second reaction: Good idea, Jeff (albeit, with a sloppy execution). Diversify. Cover your ass. Drop the lifeboat in the water before the ship sinks. 

After all the blowback from the first tween, Passan posted another: 

“I have no idea if Twitter is going to be around today, tomorrow, next week, next year.I love everyone here and want them to know that there’s a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency plan. Rafael Montero is going back to the Astros for three years and $34.5 million, you monsters.”

That got the trolls going again — this time saying Passan was echoing a false media narrative about Musk and Twitter.

I know there are lots of Elon Musk fans out there who think this will blow over and Twitter will survive and thrive.

Maybe. 

But what if it doesn’t? 

Jeff Passan worked hard to build his 989K following, and he doesn’t want to lose it. 

Smart move Jeff. You may have angered your peeps, but at least you’re getting ahead of the game.

And therein lies the lesson. 

Don’t put your eggs in one basket. 

I know people whose businesses collapsed because they relied on one marketing channel to grow their business, and that channel went “POOF!”

Sometimes, “Support” locks you out. Other times, the channel changes the rules so drastically that your entire marketing program stops working.

Diversify. Use multiple marketing channels. Back-up your email list so you have it if/when your email provider locks you out.

Prepare to be mistreated by the internet giants.

Don’t act surprised and say, “What now?” when it happens.

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.