when you stop to think about it, as i unfollow unproductive tweeps this morning, why not follow back?
some ferret has taken the time to follow you, isn't that flattering? isn't that the premise and purpose of twitter? if you look up any "how to" guide or article on twitter they all say to "follow" people of like interests and like profiles to find commonality amongst strangers and to build a rapport with them, and this is constantly the recurring theme
now someone takes the time to follow us, and we then turn our noses up at that, and say, "i'm not going to follow back?" which i find simply undemocratic, judgmental, and weird... now there are pervs out there whackos and bi polar idiots, and you know who you are, you can live in denial, but that is another issue.. ha! i had to get that dig in...
the weirdos? yea, unfollow them, i get that part, but are we using superficiality and our common sense in a balanced approach? are we racially profiling? specie profiling? am i not following a cat, simply b/c she is a cat? am i completely ignoring all the ducks? this is not what God intended for the animals in the barnyard to do... if the duck quacks good morning, am i to ignore him and stick with my stupid group of ferrets most of whom have become a bit odd in their idiosyncratic habits anyway?
i think the purpose of twitter is to expand our horizons to think of new ways of crossing over out of our comfort zone into new areas of commonality and it does a fairly good job of that efficiently and intelligently. i use it to do this very thing, i don't want just writers on my timeline.... half the battle of writing is living anyway, i have to live an experience, i can't be tethered to my desk, i have to go out and meet ducks, geese, horses, travel to distant burrows, find out what the world offers in order to write about it so why would i want a timeline with nothing but deskbound writers? i have to cross into new areas of commonality and broaden my market shall we say, and bring laughter and ferret cool to new people who have not yet enjoyed my unique charms
it is up to each ferret to find her/his duck ... next time someone that you do not think is your "type" and you DO NOT WANT TO FOLLOW BACK follow them anyway... give it a shot
here's an article below on Unfollowing Unproductive Tweeps
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