Twitter – One man’s clean pants – 496 others’ useless information

So having considered Twitter and worked out that I don’t want to know about Stephen Fry’s adventures in a lift, I decided to give it a miss. However I now have to reconsider after an enterprising person has connected their washing machine to Twitter, so that now he/she will know when their chuddies have finished their cycle and are ready for hanging up on the washing line. This I consider a very sound move, however on viewing the said washing machine Twitter site:

I have to ask why as of today (20090212) are there 496 followers of the output of said washing machine?