Subtitled: How to be unintentionally annoying on the twitter
Yes, I'm still in a mood...
Some people just have a knack for sucking the fun out of EVERYTHING! Case in point - people who think twitter is some contest to see who can get the most followers.
Okay, I openly admit that it's a bit of an ego boost to have a bunch of followers, but that is SO not the point. It's social media people - that's means to socialize, not cover my tweetdeck with your ginormous head and tell me how you've been voted the top tweeter with the most followers. REALLY? That's amazing considering the only other thing you ever tweet besides "Look how great I am" is lame @$$ jokes and tired old quotes that are no doubt automatically generated by some robot.
And yes, I will also openly admit that Twitter and other social media outlets are outstanding ways to promote an idea or even a product. But if you think you're going to get me to pay attention to you just because you have a few thousand followers you're wrong.
Engage me. Make me laugh or cry or think or pray or ponder an alternative opinion. But shut up about your stupid self all the time! Yeah, I talk about myself a lot, but that's just me being adorably annoying. It's what I do.
But I also have conversations with people. THAT'S SORT OF THE POINT.
Which bring me to my next point: These trolling services that seek out new people to follow so that you can get a courtesy refollow. Then, if the person doesn't refollow you within a certain time (usually 24 hrs), it automatically unfollows that person. Unless the unsuspecting person uses NutShellMail.com, they never even know you unfollowed them. LAME, people! L-A-M-E!
So how do we fight this? Well first off, if you're not signed up for Nutshell or similar service, do so. It will give you updates on follows, unfollows, DMs - replies, the whole she-bang sent to you via email. I dig it the most. Next, unless you know the person, wait 24 hours before you refollow them. If you get an alert from NutShell saying they have unfollowed you, then you will know that they could care less about your tweets. You're just another lemming follower to them.
Know this - if I'm following you, it's because I have taken the time to look over your profile and found you engaging in some way or another. Either that or you're Chris Daughtry, who last time I checked IS STILL NOT FOLLOWING ME! But I'm not bitter...
And now that I have ranted incessantly on my Friday twitter update post, I have no room for tweets. But don't worry - it was a banner week and I will update later today. Which, of course - I will tweet over and over again...
Gaining followers the old fashioned way: One annoying tweet at a time.