It’s so high school! The drama of Twitter, nay, social media in general. Still it’s worth bringing up in the event you should be faced with such a decision as to whether or not you should use a particular tool and, most importantly, if you would like that tool to broadcast the results. I also qualify my involvement here to say I did not take this even personally because I know it was all automated and I have no connection with the actors. Now here’s the setup …
Last night I used ManageFlitter to unfollow a few hundred people who did not reciprocate in following me back. That’s how I roll. Actually I call it my un-follow policy: If I follow you for more than about a week and you do not follow me back I un-follow you. Why? Because I want to. That’s my policy, it’s how I roll.
Evidently caught up in the fray was a fellow who goes by the Twitter handle of @DrMwba – I don’t know him. All I know is I must have unfollowed him in the herd I dumped last night. Now here’s where it gets sticky and I advice you not to do what Mwba does: use an alert to post to his stream and @ the people who unfollowed him. While I could not care any less than I do you would not want to do this because you may offend someone who could be a future client or referral agent. Here is how the tweet appeared:
The service Mwba used is called fllwrs. I don’t know anything about fllwrs nor was I interested in demoing it for this article. If it is one of those third party apps which does not ask for permission to do what it did I would not want to pollute my stream with those types of tweets. Nor should you. I do invite someone from @_fllwrs to chime in especially before I talk about this on the show next Tuesday.
Think about the impact of what you do online. Yes, if you are running a small business or act as an independent contractor it will benefit you to be somewhat politically silent and adhere to the social rules of high school … or kindergarten.