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 everyday.

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 we’re 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.

10 thoughts on “Do You Give Good Twitter?

  1. Yes, they are fabulous and you just need to soak up the insights!

    KIDDING.

    No, I am fine with people not following me if they feel I am not relevant. I do the same thing. The people I follow are there for a reason. But if I follow them and they post and I comment, I would like a courtesy response. That’s all. Or if they ask a question and I respond, just a quick tweet would be nice.

    But, I will say this. I don’t feel that thank yous are necessary for every RT (reTweet). I would like to know the etiquette on this.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Best,
    Jules

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  2. It’s hard having been popular in high school and now being a nobody in the social media world…lol. Great insights, as always.

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  3. Funny! You’re not nobody…all those girls from high school love hanging out online with you. But I know you do me proud and always engage.

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  4. Hey Jules…Twitter is the perfect comeback tool for all those ‘unpopular kids’ (and no, I don’t believe you weren’t popular!)…so for the 2 or 3 lousy years of high school popularity – which is now long gone by the way – we late-blooming Twitterbabes are hotter than ever! So there!

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    1. No kidding, Elissa! I’m a latebloomin’ Twitterbabe. I love it! But I hope people get that the key part of engagement is actually engaging!

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  5. Jules,
    You have “matured” so well! Those that have manners and etiquite face to face have it at the computer as well. Everyone should ask themselves if they “thank” or acknowledge people in all manners of communication. If so, good for them. If not, make the effort.

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