Twitter. It’s a great tool for connecting with likeminded people across the world. Used by companies, individuals, bloggers and celebs alike there are 336 MILLION monthly active users…
Since signing up 3 weeks ago I’ve met so many amazing people I couldn’t name them all. I’ve also discovered that for every 10 lovely people there’s at least one troll, one bot, one shadow and one seeker.
A troll is a strange being. A person (I use this term in the loosest sense) who gains joy from winding up, disrespecting or just being plain mean to another person online. Also known as a keyboard warrior. Usually a middle aged man living in his mother’s basement or a tween who hasn’t discovered manners yet.
Programmed to scan twitter for certain words or phrases and then bombard you with spam tweets, DMs or random follows. Usually porn.
People who follow you, like your tweets but never interact past that. Even if you comment on their tweets, all you get in return is a ‘like’. Maybe they’re shy?
These are the follow/unfollow crowd. Those who will follow you, wait for a follow back then disappear. Usually done to make their numbers looks better – think 5000 followers but only following 50 (an exaggeration but you get my point). I will never understand this phenomenon. They seek out followers like a bloodhound but once you’ve followed them back they’re gone in a puff of smoke. Where’s the interaction there?!
Everyone wants to be popular and everyone would love thousands of followers but what’s the point if there’s nothing behind it? The chances are the followers they have aren’t going to click on many of the links posted so is it *just* about the follower number?
It makes me so ANGRY when I realise I’ve been duped by one of these accounts. I’m sure most of you reading this go out of your way to cultivate your following. To love and nurture it and try to make some meaningful connections on twitter. Some may even (shock) make friends there!
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve unfollowed accounts. Either because there’s been little to no interaction or simply because I don’t like the content. I’m a trusting wee soul and will generally follow everyone back who subscribes to my tweets – maybe that’s why it hurts so much when it turns out I’ve been conned. If someone has taken the time to hit ‘follow’ to get my updates then the least I can do is return the favour, see what they’re saying and get some chat on the go.
What’s your experience been? Do you just let it go? Or are you like me and on a crusade to block the seekers?
Tweet me! Let me know!