I think I’ve mentioned before, but let’s recap: I’m up to here with social media, with a few exceptions. Namely a handful of blogs, Twitter, YouTube – and, perhaps, a few Facebook features.
Among those, blogs and Twitter are my undisputed favourites, but I’ve come to realise that there’s one thing about Twitter that really gets me, but first of all, let me declare that I am personally not without blame:
I’m notified via email whenever I get a new Twitter follower, which may come in handy, in case I’d like to assess the follower’s fields of interest. If they correspond with mine, I instantly return the following. I currently have a meagre 117 followers, whereas I follow no more than 68 myself – and believe you me, it’s more than enough for someone whose social media fatigue has reached a considerable level. However, that also means I have 49 followers who have instant access to my tweets, but whose tweets I never read.
Should any of them ever feel the urge to reply to my tweets, I simply won’t see them, which, of course, is my own bad.
I haven’t given it much thought, really, until it finally dawned on me that I myself follow a number of people who don’t follow me. Even so, I keep responding to their tweets, to little avail, of course. What a terrible waste of time! Still, I’m not prepared to remove them. After all, there’s a reason why I follow them: Their tweets are interesting or useful, one way or the other.
But I’ll soon forget that I’m unfollowed, and it won’t take long until I resume my responses, which will remain unread.
Perhaps I’d better give up Twitter altogether. After all, it’s a passing thing, like most hyped Web 2.0 phenomena.
Be that as it may. It appears that Twitter is a bit of an annoyance to the American court system, too, according to today’s New York Times.:
Last week, a building products company asked an Arkansas court to overturn a $12.6 million judgment, claiming that a juror used Twitter to send updates during the civil trial.
Top photo: The Twitter bird, made by/photographed by: Nereski/Flickr