The Good and the Not So Good
Then of course there are those disappointing people who, after reading your itty bitty profile, they want to be your friend and “follow" you. Apparently it’s essential to find out what people are doing, right, right now—hence the need for tweeting what you are doing right, right now in 140 characters or less.
If I write a few articles about business, finance or human resources, I get all sorts of notices from Twitter telling me so and so is following me. Once I read their itty bitty profile, I find they are really folks who own companies and want to sell me something. Like how to invest or how to manage people, etc. They aren’t interested in me—they are trying to entice me with their wares.
I guess you can stop someone from following you and you can unfollow anyone you want. You can also report the bad and nasty as offensive to Twitter to ensure no one sends you invites to, well, you know what I mean—bad stuff, the nasty, the oh no type of offering.
Then there are the fun to follow. I like following The Onion. They have links to funny (and totally not true) stories offering me a daily chuckle or two.
I like following other Pittsburgh Steeler fans and apparently they love following me or they want me to follow them because they see I am a Steeler fan.
I got an email message from Twitter saying Governor Schwarzenegger was following me on Twitter—I’m not sure why he found me or wanted to follow me at all? Did he know my political persuasion? Did I write about Republicans being better than Democrats in my profile somewhere? Did I reveal I did not vote for President Obama so “the Arnold" wanted to be my Twitter friend? Probably not.
If you get those notices of politicians following you on Twitter, it’s because they need campaign money and what better way to ask for money than being right upfront about it—in 140 characters or less? Ingenious I say! (But I have no money to give.) I need someone to really schmooze me up to give away money.
You can also start a charity tweet—Japan needs help, Haiti needs help, hungry children all over the world need help and before you know it, you’ll get retweets and back tweets and direct messages and yes, you too will have thousands of followers—but that’s our goal with Twitter right? Having make-believe friends like we did when we were kids.