Ten thousand followers on Twitter. I reached that milestone today.
There's a footnote to the story: Its a combination of followers from two accounts (@kencarr which has 2,717 followers and @whatsuptucson which has 7,289 followers). But, they're both mine so I added them together for a total as of this writing of 10,006.
I remember when I first signed up for Twitter in 2008. I was teased by my co-workers at Journal. They thought it was amusing that I was so excited. I really thought it had a good shot of taking off. I was on Twitter before anyone ever reached a million followers (that honor went to Ashton Kutcher). It turned out my hunch was right and Twitter is a huge communications platform these days.
I am proud to say that I have more followers than most people working in local Tucson media. And, when you combine my two Twitter accounts I have more followers than any local media outlet (TV, newspaper, or radio station) and @whatsuptucson has more followers than 2 of the 3 local TV news departments. That's why I consider it an accomplishment. Especially since I'm no longer an on-air personality anymore.
If you are kind enough to follow me on Twitter, thank you. Due to your generosity, I've reached a goal that has been years in the making.