Okay, so this week was really all about diving into social media. Making it a part of my daily routine, my job. It’s been interesting, somewhat addicting and by the end of each night my eyes burned. It has been pretty cool reconnecting and connecting with other writer types and like-minded artsy folks.
I’ve learned that tweeps are your peeps on twitter. And creeps, well, I haven’t met any yet I just needed a good rhyme to round out the title of this blog!
But the one thing that does creep me out is the term followers. Now for some reason following doesn’t bother me as much. You know I could be following you outside, or following you to the mall or to the soccer game. But followers, I don’t know, it immediately puts me in the mind of some compound in Waco, Texas, on fire . . . I know that’s an extreme example but that’s the visual I get.
I started to wonder what kind of psychological effect it has on those with a huge following. I mean when you wake up in the morning and see that you have half a million followers how does that make you feel? Or a million? Of course I wouldn’t know, since I only have fifteen so far, one of which is a furniture store, but hey I just started! But seriously, I think you’d have to be a very grounded person to handle that kind of virtual power. I guess it’s all in how you look at it . . . You can use your following for good or I suppose for EEEEEVILLL as well . . .
Last night as I tried to come down from my week-long social media buzz, I started to think of alternate names for following and followers. Perhaps if the names were changed the whole landscape of twitter would change too. I mean if following all of a sudden became Tadpole and followers all of a sudden became Frogs what would that do to the collective mind-set of Twitter? Or maybe Mustard and Ketchup, or Hotdogs and Hamburgers? Would it change the entire dynamic, taking away the significance and powerful imagery that a word like followers possesses?
If you could change the words Following and Followers on twitter what would you change them to?