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the twitter follow button - a convo with @lizstrauss made me think.

Below is a screen capture of a twitter conversation I had today. It's friggin upside down and I didn't have the patience to figure out the invertion (that a word?) process, so... start at the bottom and read up and then go back below the picture and read my thoughts if you want or just give up.

(Click on the pic and it will get bigger)

So... here's my thoughts on the subject...

The twitter follow button (in my simple mind) is intended for you to click if you really want to "follow" someone... really genuinely want to know what is going on in the parts of their life they choose to share on twitter.

It's not there (again IMO) to "poke" someone in hopes they follow you.
It's not there to ring up fake "relationships" through automated "follow-backs" or even thoughtless manual follow-backs.
It's not there for any other reason than literally taking action behind the thought process of "I wanna know want you have to say on twitter!"

Noone in the world should take offense to this next part because it's not directed at anyone in particular, I know it happens... but I have no one specific in mind.

The twitter follow button and the fact it is labeled "Follow" and not "poke", "connect", "friend", "irritate" ... in my opinion is one of the most misused and abused clicks on the internet.

I truly believe that you shouldn't click it unless you want to "follow" what this person or entity is saying in their stream.

With that in mind...

ESPN's official twitter is a perfect example of someone that in all honesty should probably be following even less people than they are on twitter. Are they even paying any attention to the 209 people they have clicked follow on? Maybe so if it's other Sports News sources and/or Sports Stars. But by know means do I want them or any other brand clicking follow on anyone they aren't truly interested in FOLLOWING... actually paying attention to.

Keep in mind. @espn can have a conversation with anyone... they can choose to be a part of twitter in more than just a broadcast way, the can interact with anyone... without following them. "Mentions" as they are called... can happen, and often do,between people that are in fact not following each other.

Also keep in mind I contend their are alot of people abusing that button... for the reasons I listed above.

sorry this is kinda a ranting post... but just know that I think you should click the "Follow" button only if you wanna actually follow them


I love the discussion in the comments.. so... GO FOR IT!

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