So after the post yesterday, I spent some time going through my Twitter archive. And I had a lot of fun going back 2 years. 69k tweets??!! That’s like almost 100 tweets per day! What in heavens name have I even been talking about 😐 No need to whisper it, I am an addict 😦
Over the past years, friends have come and gone. There are certain handles I saw in my archives that I have either unfollowed or blocked. In fact, I have never in my entire Twitter evolution followed more than 200 handles at any point in time. This is very deliberate.
For one thing, I am very pernickety about what I take into my mind. So I’m naturally drawn to people who keep their TL’s clean. And by clean, I mean they are not abusive bullies. I also keep clear of people who “twit laik this”. I mean, you have 140 characters, true, shouldn’t you first write your tweet with proper spellings before you edit with standard short forms? I remember a young lady I unfollowed because of this crazy spelling in the early days. She didn’t find it funny. I still don’t know why people are so bothered when people unfollow them on Twitter, does it affect anyone’s account balance?
Also, I don’t have a Twitter list. So my timeline is my list. I read almost everything that comes on it. So, I would unfollow anyone who is making my stay on Twitter painful. I don’t follow GEJ bashers. I have had to unfollow a number of handles because I see all they do is practically hunt for ways to make silly jokes of the first family. And before you ask, I am not a GEJ supporter either. I just don’t laugh at jokes that come in bad taste. Like all the GEJ, ‘I had no shoes jokes’ or the Dame ” she can’t speak English jokes”. I hate it when people pick on people.
Rude and obnoxious people are a huge turn off. I’ve come to know certain handles that trade on this commodity and I cannot follow them even if they were the last handle on Twitter. And if by some error of judgement I follow them, I unfollow as soon as I can.
Funny though it may seem, I give a lot of thought to who I follow on Twitter. I mostly investigate handles I follow. I will often ask my twitter budies what they know about a particular handle before I follow. I try to have a representative or two from each Twitter that I can ask when I get a follow and I’m considering reciprocating with a followback. I hardly ever initiate follows. I must have initiated follows for less that 20 people in the last two years. No, I’m not full of myself, I’m just shy.
Most of the handles I followed from two years ago…I don’t even follow anymore but quite a number have survived and we still mutually follow each other. I believe they are the real heroes. I already mentioned 3 in my previous post. Let me mention 7 more from 2 years ago if I can find that much: @stanleyazuakola (who has since become a very dear friend) he is editor of The Scoopng. @Je_mc2 (introduced to me by Stanley) we have managed to maintain a respectful relationship – a real miracle judging by how I’m always on his case on Twitter. @xlizitsouljah, @keniscruise, @vanessakanu,my twaughter @mopearla and @oluphumee. There’s also @Gidi_traffic that I watched grow from begging for followbacks to over 70k followers. Did I mention @redbruv? Yes, he is a survivor from early days.
It’s still a mystery to me that people follow me on Twitter. Sometimes I wonder why they do. I’m still hoping for a sincere answer. For me, I follow people I can have a conversation with like @HL_Blue, @jesseOguns and @TS_tiana; people I can learn from like @DoubleEph, @Supersanusi and @MrBankole; people I can troll like @famuyideolawale, @Shimoshi1 and @tonypox. I think all my Twitter follows fall into these three categories. In fact, if we follow each other and we don’t tweet at each other, I don’t favourite your tweets nor do I retweet you, its a sign of a break up in the offing. LOL.
So why do you follow people on Twitter and do you even bother to give a thought to each follow? You know the comments section is my best section after each blog post, right?
Meanwhile, I should share life lessons I have gained from being on Twitter or maybe some p-setting stories ;). See you tomorrow 🙂
At once they left their nets and followed him-Matthew 4:20 NIV