Today I decided to do some Twitter spring cleaning, in part prompted by a piece I heard on the radio in which Ricky Gervais explained why he doesn’t tweet. He says celebrities only go on Twitter to show off by speaking to other celebs in public and he’s right. It never really bothered me before but now I think about it I’m questioning my own motives in following people like Jonathan Ross and Simon Pegg. Why? What am I hoping to get out of it? Do I seriously think that they will suddenly want to be my friend on the back of a couple of witty tweets sent their way? Following celebs is a shallow, empty, rather desperate thing to do. When I look at my Twitter friends’ timeline it becomes clear that those followers and followees I value most are the regular Joe’s (and Joanna’s) like me.
So, the path forward is clear. Why clutter my timeline with self-obsessed narcissistic celebs who don’t care about me when I can have more witty, cutting, sardonic normal friends, for free?
Today is Friday and Twitter has a tradition (bit odd ascribing ‘traditions’ to something so new and fangled but there it is) called #followfriday or #ff for short, in which people recommend Tweeters to others. So if, for example, one of my followers really liked my tweets and wanted to promote me they would send a tweet that said, “#ff @nealofarabia”. The #ff hashtag denotes that what follows is a Follow Friday recommendation and @nealofarabia is my Twitter username. Geddit?
I receive many #ff recommendations each week from people I like and respect on Twitter, but I seldom act on them. Well today will be different. Today there is Twitter Change in the air. Today I shall deliver the ultimate insult to all my celebs by Unfollowing them! Then I shall replenish my now thinner friend list by accepting every single #ff I receive from friends.
I’m quite excited. Are you?