Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The (un)followers

Recently I've noticed people saying to others: How come you don't follow me? The reaction is usually either an awkward silence followed by an obnoxiously lame explanation on how they keep forgetting to do so or a complete shock at the entitled audacity of the question. But that's fine, how many times will the same question be asked to the same person by the same person, right? Right?

Anyway, what's really getting out of hand is the public calling out of someone for unfollowing them. Some have gone as far as placing the act of unfollowing someone at the core of what is to be considered bad e-manners. This is potentially problematic because it could increase the level of required courtesy in order to survive in the world without being called rude. And we know no one wants to be called that. And we know that because it hurts to be called that.

I have a proposal to avoid this latest version of social media drama from spilling over to social real drama:

Plan A: Reason

Emotionally injured Victims of tasteless acts of unfollowing can alternatively attempt to differentiate between the quality of their tweets and themselves. In other words when Hosneyah unfollows Zaleekha it means Zaleekha's tweets do not appeal to Hosneyah's curiosity & imagination; It means they effectively bore Hosneyah. However, it does not mean that Sara dislikes, loathes, detests or hates Zaleekha

If you want people to continue following you then you've got to raise your game. Otherwise stand up comedians would spend more time cursing at their walkouts than actually... do stand up! And trust me, stand up fans do more than just unfollow when they're dissatisfied with their comedians' performance.

Plan B: Twitter goes Facebooks

If, both, self respect (on Zaleekha's part) and reason (on Hosneyah's part) fail. Then twitter can always follow facebook's suite and introduce the hide his/her twitter feed option.

For the rest of you, I leave you with this: It is better to have followed and then unfollowed than to have not followed at all.


Anonymous Usman said...

its just twitter to begin with, there are hundreds of ppl out there who might like what you have if this one doesnt!!!
But I guess followed should be reciprocated otherwise the person looks self centered.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010  
Blogger Sana H. said...

That was amusing to read. And I agree, people should be less sensitive about it.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010  

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