I made the error in judgement of adding my name to this list today (link below). Yeah – I got a ton of new Twitter "friends". Of course, right now they are all OFF‘s at this point. But that’s not really the problem.
First, I broke my own rule – I added "friends" that were not friends.
Second, my heretofore carefully cultivated Twitter stream was immediately overcome with such wonderfully enlightening Tweets as, "Mmm.. I am eating pork rinds for lunch".
Honestly, if one of my RLF’s or OLF’s are eating pork rinds for lunch that might, in some bizarre way, interest me. But a total stranger eating pork rinds doesn’t add
much any value to my day.
So of the 100 odd people that started following me today, and the 20 or so I started following before I realized I fell into a trap I was well aware of, and have even blogged about – I’m sorry I wasted your time. Most of you I will stop following. I don’t have the bandwidth for an unlimited circle of non-friends explaining what they had for lunch, or what color their kid’s poop was today.
Some of them though I have already found some value in. Hopefully they find value in me as well. But if they stop following me I won’t be hurt. People following me are destined to end up in some type of trouble anyway!
For me – I’m whittlin’ Twitter back down to people that are really important to me – and people I know, either online or off.
Twitter is one of the top referrers of traffic to my blog, over 2000 referrers from twitter to my blog in the last 30 days & there’s something happening there. I’ve also noticed and increase of new users over the past 30 days, feel free to add me as a friend, I will add you back.