Step into My Twitterverse
If you know me or have been following my twitter for any length of time, you may have seen me refer to my Twitter rules. And I wanted to finally clear the air and make these known as best as I can. Granted, my mind is a strange place to enter so be forewarned.
Some have called me a snob because the ratio between the number I follow vs. the number who follow me is so wide. Or that I am somehow making things like high school (cool kids vs. the nerds). I still consider myself one of the “nerds” so this just seems incredibly unfair.
I currently have 700 twitter followers and I know each one equals a very real person. And I love you! I do! Last thing I would want to do is hurt someone’s feelings. You should also know that I suffer from a great need for approval and acceptance. The idea that I not be liked for something as trivial as following or not following someone on Twitter, keeps me awake at night.
But for me to follow each and every person who chooses to follow me is far too chaotic for me to handle. And so I put some rules in place to help keep a balance.
The rules are as follows (and subject to change):
* I follow no more than 75 people at a time.
* Direct messages are not my email and I don’t need yet another inbox to maintain. I also use my phone to receive direct messages. So keeping my follow list low, prevents unnecessary direct messages from coming in and taking over my phone as well.
* If someone @replies me, I will almost always reply back. Which to me, means more than an actual follow. I am a big about twitterversing and interacting with all peeps who interact with me. Don’t believe me? Check my work. I also keep searches saved on topics that I want to follow (ie. porn addiction, church communications, etc.).
* I only follow people I know will @reply me back. So, no celebrities or twitterlebrities. And if you look at my follow list, the majority are people I know IRL or are in close relationship with on the internet.
* I will stop following a person if they don’t update their twitter at least once a week. Because my Twitter follow limit is so low, I don’t want to waste it with someone who isn’t engaging in the Twitter process.
* I will stop following someone who only talks about one thing: ie. Sports. I want to have something in common with the people I follow.
There’s probably more but this is the basic run-down of how I use twitter. Does it make me a snob? No. I don’t think so. OCD? Absolutely. And I hope that answers any questions still lingering.