A friend’s recent blog about the 10 reasons why she doesn’t follow you back on Twitter got me thinking about what my expectations of Twitter are. I’ve always known what I wanted out of Twitter; I never really itemized the things I don’t want.
1. The obvious losers – every update is a link to their product or pornsite or seminar or keylogger or whatever – it doesn’t matter since I don’t click on the links. Twitter is a networking site & I guess a lot of people think it’s a way to advertise their otherwise immobile offerings to a wide audience, but not me. I’m not here to shop. If I want to buy something I’m not going to look on Twitter; I’m going to go to the appropriate pornsite. Fewer middlemen ftw.
2. Uninteresting people (that I don’t know). I originally just said “uninteresting people” but then I thought of the multitudes of totally boring people that I follow on Twitter. The catch is that these people are friends of mine & their lives are of interest to me, boring or otherwise. Am I talking about you? You’ll never know. But if I don’t know you, the only reason why I’m going to follow you is because you’re interesting.
When I first joined Twitter, I was pretty sure none of my friends had even heard of it but even so I probably wouldn’t have gone looking for them. The few who have gotten lost & found themselves with a Twitter account & then found me, I’m happy to follow, but in the grand scheme of things I’m mostly interested in the 140 character statements of total strangers. Who are interesting, of course.