Should Twitter change the term "followers" to "listeners?" |

Should Twitter change the term "followers" to "listeners?"

On Twitter, do you follow or listen?
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It doesn't matter
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Something caught my attention in this story by Phil Shapiro. It was something he said in the video presentation he made--as he was describing what Twitter is and what people use it for, he made the argument that the term followers should be changed to listeners. This is where my brain started racing.

Whether you use Twitter or not, I'm curious to see what you think about this idea. Does simply changing a term change how people use a service? Does it change their perception? What do you think?


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Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets - Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, project manager, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets