Twitter is one of my guilty pleasures and I would say that I am slightly addicted to it. It is an easy way to get instant updates of what is going on in the world. During a big sporting event fans and media types will send out their thoughts of the events that transpired. It truly is an amazing invention.
I started a Twitter account as a means to promote some of my blogs, but it has turned into a lot for me. I have formed friendships, gotten interviews with professional athletes and I have connected with readers of my writing. Sure, I may never make a living writing, but my blogs have given people all over the world a reason to chuckle. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
Since I started on Twitter, I have amassed close to 700 followers, which isn't that many, considering other bloggers like myself have thousands. I would venture to say that 300-400 others have unfollowed me for some reason or another. Generally, I follow back anyone that follows me first. I hope, in part, that it is another eyeball to view this blog.
Whenever I am unfollowed, I will admit is a bit of a blow to the ego. Essentially, a person is telling you "You aren't worth my time, I am going to stop stalking you." For me, it takes someone to be annoying to no end - I usually rarely unfollow. However, it got me to thinking: Why do people on Twitter unfollow one another?
In my case, I am assuming it is my vulgarity. I tweet about a variety of disgusting and offensive topics such as: peeing in the sink, hairy balls, my asshole, shitting, farting, 80's sitcoms and boobs among others. I think I am a pretty funny guy and I am entertaining.
However, people unfollow each other daily. Connections are broken and timelines are emptied. I have often wondered what goes through the heads of people when they hit that unfollow button. I took to Twitter to ask some of the fine folks. Here are some of the answers I got.:
@MeganJ_28: "anyone who is an extremist on war, gays, guns, politics etc on either side of the spectrum. Don't preach to me"
@AmyLou942: "unwanted cock pics" (mine weren't unwanted)
@saucywhite: "when chicks turn down my sexual advances."
@HFSPodcast: "Filling my timeline with drivel is grounds for an unfollow."
Interesting stuff. Essentially, I have been offending or annoying people over the last few years. I have been blocked by countless people as well. Twitter is an interesting site, with all types of weirdos.