We all know that Twitter has exploded lately. First it was politics, now it's celebrities and newscasters. Even my followers have gone through the roof. Is that really a good thing? Some would say yes, but I'm here to tell you that I disagree.
Twitter is essentially an entertainment and communication site, right? But if you are following thousands of people how can you possibly focus on any one of them? Or ten or twenty for that matter? There are 343-some odd followers of @HeadlessMom out there and I would venture to say that there are about a hundred businesses/web gurus/random people that could care less what my kid did today, if I had a flat tire, or what I'm cooking for dinner. Honestly, I could care less what their latest thing is, either.
I'm here for my friends. To me, Twitter is a conversation with my friends-that live all over the country and world. Marcy recently wrote about her criteria for a follow-back. I loved her list but would like to add a few of my own. Why I won't follow you back:
- You reference Oprah in your bio. Unless you're her blood relative I don't care how much you love her. I don't.
- You don't have a blog or a website. (Unless you're my own blood relative, then you get a pass.)
- You have 1 follower and no updates.
- All of your updates are links to your site, or @ messages that are not conversational. Remember, I'm here for the relationships, not the advertising.
- You are a tarot card reader/wiccen something or other/hocus pocus believer. I follow Jesus, and if you had visited my blog you would know that. I'll pray for you, but you won't get a follow.
Oh, and check out how I would have Twittered an evening last May. Comedy, if I do say so myself.
*Edited to add: I will not follow you if the first thing I see on your website is an ad for penis enhancement. Seriously?