When I joined Twitter just over 3 years ago, there were No Hashtags, Tweet-Speak, Trending, Lists, etc, etc. It wasn’t Long However, before the Platform began to Grow to include these things, and much more. Amongst the Growth Spurt, were Follow Fridays. Started as a way to recommend Great People for others to follow, and to pay Homage to those People. As trends go on Twitter; eventually people became bored with the Follow Fridays. I have to assume, that as People’s numbers climbed, and with the Birth of the Follower propelled “Twitter Giants”; it seemed no longer important to help new Tweeps find Solid Follows. No Longer necessary to pay-it-forward so to speak. Instead it seemed to become a numbers Game, in every respect! New Apps targeted Twitter’s members. Apps like KLOUT, Linkedin, Kred, FourSquare, and EAv; to name a few. And, now….it was all about Status. Who had the most followers….who had the Highest Scores….Whose Shares were worth the most! How many trips and perks You could get for free. How You could become a writer for an online publication. How many times You could make a list, or be included in an Article/Post. Those things seemed more important to Share, and Somehow….kind Trends like #FF’s, became a thing of the past. Now considered litter/noise, in the Timeline.
I am sorry that the #FF mentions have become a thing of the past. As most of You know…. I However, still do them. I do not care if I get them back, but they are My way of saying….”You matter to Me! I consider You an asset to Twitter/My Timeline, and I want to tell people that; so they don’t miss out on the experience of knowing You”! And NO Matter HOW MANY People keep trying to Ram it down My Throat, that they don’t matter…they are noise, litter, spam; I will CONTINUE to do them. Because People, I AM NOT convinced that You ALL do NOT matter anymore! Nor Am I convinced that there are not still New people joining Twitter each and every day. People, that like Me when I first started Twitter, could Use a Directional hand in finding their way around! And Maybe…just Maybe, they matter too…yes? Or maybe Not….unless they will somehow, increase someone Else’s Importance!
And, just as an afterthought….I try diligently to reply to each person who addresses Me, one on one. Though this may cause some litter in My Followers streams, I think of it as being respectful of the relationships I have built with people. In RL, I would not address someone who spoke to me, in a Group format. And I will admit, if I address someone personally, I find it in poor taste if they do not respond at least once out of every 5-6 tweets A response once in awhile is proper etiquette in My opinion! As a rule, if someone does not respond once in awhile; I consider they are not worth the follow. I try to follow, Real, kind, and Engaging persons! Even tho, this seems to have become a thing of the past too! Lost, in the Numbers Shuffle.
#FF Image ~Kenny Silva
Follow Me Image ~All Things Ghana
Respect Image ~Odom L.