I love Twitter. There I said it. It, like much social media, has come in for a bit of kicking these past few weeks mainly due to some faceless cowards who think it funny to threaten to rape and kill people. Their parents must be so proud. But today I have been pushed into action and blogging by a Twitter friend (and indeed ex work colleague) who tweeted that he was going to stop following someone. Big deal, you might say. But, the reason for this wasn’t necessarily the content of this person’s tweets, but more the fact that this person was seemingly incapable of not retweeting any tweets that mentioned them favourably nor any that parroted their view. As such his timeline was often being overrun by tweets and retweets from this one person.
I sympathised, as I had made the exact same point about this particular person to a friend just last weekend. There too, I had said that I was considering unfollowing this person for this very same reason. I’ve made to decision that I should. I do feel slightly bad about this, and now I do need to follow somebody new whose views I disagree with 99% of the time to compensate. That’s the thing you see. I like to follow people on twitter I disagree with as well as those I agree with. I don’t like living in a vacuum. However, the result of following this person has meant that sometimes I have been in a vacuum, just one of their own creation.
As a result – a bit like not following links to any item on the daily mail website – I expect to find my Twitter life more enjoyable. For a while on Twitter it was a big thing to have #FF Follow Friday. Why not join with me tomorrow for #UFW UnFollow Wednesday. Unfollow some people, you know you’ll feel better.