Happy Follow Friday! For those readers that don’t tweet, that’s Twitter talk for: tell everyone who you love day. Last week I posted a rant on faux social media gurus and it was really wonderful to receive such great twitter-love throughout the day (Thank you!).
I thought “Wow, this must be how the popular people feel every day.”
Then I started thinking about how maybe social media is like high school, but online. The popular people get tons of attention just because they are popular and the rest of us just get to bask in their glory, hopefully chiming in once in a while with something worthy of a re-Tweet.
So I decided, like in high school, that I wasn’t giving the snobby popular people any attention and posted a tweet on #UnFollow Saturday: a Twitter-day where you have carte blanche to un-follow the people that ignore you.
Why? I realized, that even though I am at a computer, often alone, all day, I am still a person and I have feelings. If it felt really good to get good Twitter last week, that means that, since I am probably just like many other people, it must not feel very good to be ignored. I wasn’t popular in high school (I know, so hard to believe) but I wasn’t picked on either. And, I like to think that I was nice to everyone, even though there were tons of mean girls at my snobby high school. (OK, there was like, two, but they made our lives hell!)
Just like in high school, when the popular kid walked by and I raised my voice to say hello, if they ignored me, I would have been crushed. I like to think I have matured since then (and I may have, a tiny bit) but when I reach out to people, or “engage” as they like to say, silence is not golden!
Even though our personalities are slightly masked by the anonymous nature of the computer and the internet, we’re all still human. And I might not “know” you, but I consider the people I chat with regularly to be online friends. Those people give good Twitter!
But, if all you do is tweet, tweet, tweet to tell people about your latest book/project/activity and you don’t respond to their comments or questions, then you’re acting like a snobby high school kid. Go ahead and slide off your high horse and give some Twitter-love. Otherwise, you might find yourself #UnFollowed come Saturday morning.