Twitter has been the most significant online social network for me thus far. The robust and explosive manner in which Twitter has grown has positioned this star performer as a big time celebrity, becoming the celebrity that celebrities use. Although, I have started to become increasingly aware of few things about Twitter that have grown from erks into annoyances into something I feel the need to vent about. Here they are:
- Tweeple with ZERO updates and hundreds of followers
- Tweeple who only ever RT. Ever.
- Tweeple who stay silent for lengthy periods then blast the Twitterstream with a gazillion updates; it’s almost as though they’ve been saving them up for weeks until they can’t hold any more
- Auto DMs when you start following someone telling you how much they’re looking forward to Tweeting with you and then never hearing anything from them
To end on a positive note, here are some of the things I’ve developed a fondness for:
- Connecting with great tweeple who have interesting things to say about their fields of expertise / interests / life in general
- New friendships formed based around common interests
- Hashtags adding value to events and TV programs that would otherwise be very ordinary and mundane
- Brilliant campaigns e.g. free Levis
- Sharing news with like minded people who appreciate your geekiness
- Hearing the thoughts and opinions of others in response to my own ideas; and learning and growing from these (or becoming so incensed by their idiotic response that I consider unfollowing them in protest… then I get over it and appreciate their side of the argument and politely Twitter back)
I still haven’t gotten around to finding all the Tweeple I would like to follow (the stalkerish terminology still amuses me) but I am encouraged by some of the calibre of (some) people who have found and followed me. I’m all about the value-add and relationship building. So I hope I have done this for my followers at some point. If I haven’t yet, please do let me know.