Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A strange twittering sensation (occasionally associated with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome)

Well I've always had a pragmatic view when it comes to new online trends, and twitter is no exception. I started out very apprehensive, actually to be honest I hated the idea (I still don't consider myself a huge proponent of the thing). After a while though its popularity and it's potential seemed something worth exploring. The fact that everything is searchable, it boosts google hits and opens you up to another extensively large social network.. well it seemed like something any sensible business minded artist should look into. And look into it I did. I mostly just followed the 15 or 20 people i knew on twitter and then a host of interesting artists and celebrities. It wasn't an earthshaking experience by any means. I would occasionally post a comment to this person or that one but usually I just mentioned my blog posts and well... not much else. Anyway my social networking popularity far from snowballed out of control (which was the greatest immediate permutation of a new social networking experience); maybe I am just not an adept social-networker, maybe I just don't have the dedication to the media thats needed for true transcendental twittering. Whatever the case, I didn't really give a shit (to put it plainly). The whole Twitter thing was kind of a backburner issue. I decided since it was a a moot enough point that anything seemed fair game, so i found found a batch-following applications and had myself a ball adding upwards of 500 people at a time (specifically those who seemed interested in art). Now here I was going about my business, happily friending 500 people in 20 minute intervals, waiting a couple days and then unfriending whoever didn't follow me, when all of a sudden my account gets removed. It turns out the higher ups at twitter got wind and decided to put the digital foot down. Apparently my actions were not entirely kosher. Oops. So the twitter-authorities (twitter-police?) suspended my account for the last month or so. I wrote them a nice long apologies, but they still made me wait a month. I guess now they feel that I've had sufficient time to repent, that I have come to alms with my seedy past, I am now fit to tweet again.

6 comments:

PROZAC said...

An interesting note: Now instead of having 35 friends I have 375 friends... except most of them don't speak english and I think a good percentage of them are robots.

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zac said...

cause I followed like a 1000 people and then I unfollowed the ones who didn't follow me... repeatedly. I didn't think it was too big a deal considering half the people I friended were spamming-robots.