Twitter is fantastic. I use it more than any other social media site (you can follow me @TheFatLantern). It's been a great place to spread the word about The Fat Lantern and also meet some great people. Not only have I made a lot of friends who share similar interests, but we also converse about these interests. I love that.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who use Twitter a little differently. Over the past year, I've followed many people who I believe to be a bit delusional. These are the people who love gaining followers...but don't seem to like following people so much. Now, I realize that when you follow a celebrity, you shouldn't expect to
get followed back. I think the term "celebrity" gets lost in
translation on Twitter. I'm not talking about the movie star or musician with 500,000 followers. I'm talking about the people with 800 or 1,000 followers.
Hey, I would love to have 1,000 followers or more. I can't wait until I get there. You know what the difference will be though? I'm actually going to reciprocate and follow people back. I don't follow everyone who follows me. But if they seem nice and interact with me, I will follow absolutely anyone. I can not tell you how many people I've followed and interacted with (or attempted to) who have just completely given me the cold shoulder. And I'm not talking about tweeting to someone and not getting a response. I've followed people for 6 months to 1 year, attempted to converse multiple times, and gotten nowhere. Not anymore. From now on, you're lucky if I waste more than a week following you if you're going to behave like that.
There is no rule that says you have to follow people who follow you on Twitter. But it all boils down to manners. Some people have manners and it's fantastic. Some people, however, have a false sense of self importance. I see what they're doing. They think that if their ratio of followers to following is 10:1, they're going to be taken more seriously than the other slobs on Twitter who have a ratio of 1:1. To these people, I say screw your ratios and damn your self importance.
Wait a minute, you actually have a blog? Holy crap. I can't believe that you found a way to get one of those. Please excuse me while I kiss your ass. Do you know who else has a blog? ME. Oh gosh, you live in New York City? Wow, that's so original. I am impressed. I am so god damn impressed by you and your New York City bullshit. Do you know who else lives in New York City? ME.
I don't care if you live in Manhattan, Seattle, Chicago, Italy, Jupiter, or wherever the fuck. If you're going to act like you're too good to follow me, I'm unfollowing your ass.