Can we talk?
Look, I know I told that the one rule of Twitter was ~
Frankly, my dears, I was wrong.
Because there is some shit I've noticed, that is seriously annoying and it is being done in the name of anti-assholery.
First! There is the issue of the #WW, #FF (and they are now bleeding into all the other days of the week.) Thing is... if you have a tweep or five that you have a good reason to toss a shout out to? Go ahead! Scream it to the heavens! Let me know! I <3 Cool People.
But seriously....if you are just going to list without recommendation or classification Every. Single. Person. You . Follow?
I'm going to ignore you. Best case scenario your tweets will be zipped for the day. Worst? I unfollow.
It might *seem* like you are being kind, but it would be like walking into a party and just yelling out the names of every person you knew.
So, how do you do it right?
Pick a category or three and pimp them...
Awesome authors that talk to my silly ass- @ChuckWendig @ Richard_Kadrey @NicolePeeler
@ScarlettParrish @shonrichards @Flying_monkey_
People who are too nice to know me, but still treat me like a human @VizProd @sirragirl @ Drmattramsey
Are there more people that fit into these categories? Yes. And I apologize if you fit the category and din't get listed in the examples above... but really? It isn't about "I'm leaving u out, cuz I hates your face!" Nope... more like YO! Check out these neato peeps! Yay!
When I see shout outs done like this, I know if the people listed are the kind of people I would be interested in following. This is helpful. Targeted.
See.... because sometimes I trust people and I follow someone and then they are....
Well, they weren't awful. They had their audience. *I* am not their audience.
(this brings me to point 2)
So I #FF this person and it becomes obvious in a short time that I should not have. My TL is photobombed with unoffensive teen heartthrobs. Very, very young gay men. I had my fag hag days. Those days are over. Lusting over "safe teen sex symbols" was never my gig ( River Phoenix was my first "Teen Beat" crush)
So, I unfollowed. No big deal. Not my cuppa.
But then a message comes through-
This week I was unfollowed by @blah @blahblah @LGwenn & @Blahblahblah
WTF is this assholery?
Sure, I can see how this might *seem* like a good idea. Call out the followback unfollowers! Triumph against the dicks!
But seriously? FUCK OFF!
( There was more.. but I cut it cuz the rant spun out into a bunch of ranty rantiness)
Am I wrong? Am I an asshole? Tell me!