Sunday, 19 April 2009

Follow me on Twitter!

Yes, I'm on Twitter! Follow me so I can reach a million too! Now that's out of the way, lets get to the real crux of this short Sunday post!

Twitter has been overshadowed by the 'halo of celebrity'! While there are public figures who charmingly engage their myriad followers such as Jonathan Ross (@Wossy) and Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano). There are celebrities who are, arguably, 'old school' broadcasters! @Michellemmm most eloquently expresses the point (far better than I ever could) in her Tumblr post - Did Ashton Kutcher Set You Free?

This has witnessed a paradigm shift in the Twitter culture. Long time followers, with whom I'd shared engaging discourses, unfollowed me without warning nor apparent cause, and switched to monotone broadcasts as their follower numbers disproportionately increased.

I saw my own following increase and I reciprocated, for a while, before realising that I could no longer extract any 'value' out of Twitter due to so much activity in my stream - 24/7. Thus begun the cull - a subjective process! This didn't go unnoticed, and some followers began bombarding (and flaming) me with repetitive tweets, that I had to block...

On the one hand I was evangelising the service, to both family and friends, and on the other I was contemplating joining the exodus... To paraphrase Doctor Who's Cybermen "Delete! Delete! Delete!" Thankfully, after careful consideration, I, ultimately, chose not to!

@Documentally recently posed this question:

"I'm looking for the best explanation of what Twitter is in 140 characters or less.. No prize just the love and respect of all."

I replied -

"Twitter is whatever you want it to be!"

For me it's not about numbers - incorporating circular ideological arguments regarding why are you following them and not me? - and broadcasting ad nauseam, it's so much, much, more... It's about communication, connecting and, you know what, having fun. Can't wait to have jam sandwiches with my peeps @SEGA!

You should follow me on twitter here.