Brand Strategy. Brand Energy.
To me, as a professional networker, the silliness of the Quality versus Quantity argument can't die soon enough! But, unfortunately, that old bromide of an argument seems as hard to get rid of as ridding the Earth of the cockroaches which have been around since before the dinosaurs faced extinction.
But, whether or not the argument dies, there is a persistent group of "network SIZE monitors" (NSM), who just seem hell-bent on watching the size of networks which they themselves don't have to manage.
Why they choose to invest their time monitoring other people's networks is food for another discussion but, briefly, these network SIZE monitors spend THEIR time monitoring the size of your network seemingly for no other reason than to condemn your network once it reaches a certain size. (Never mind that you may be making effective use of your networks for the purposes for which you built it.)
Some seem to think that if they can get their condemnation of the size of YOUR network out quickly enough, it will somehow help THEM establish themselves as a better, more accountable, more professional, more successful networker.
I think that attitude and presumption is sheer silliness - and speaking of managing things - a mismanagement of their own professional time.
For their own productivity, I recommend that NSM's reduce the size of the number of things they worry about which is not theirs to worry about in the first place.
Theoretically, music, art, human conversation, blogging, and even loving can be done by the numbers but, for me, I prefer a less mechanical, more human means of managing and interacting with the people in my networks, in my life - irrespective of numerical size.
What say you?
+Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!