Hey Friends! If I haven’t unfollowed you Twitter I am about to. Yep. It’s personal, but it’s not what you think :-)
For the past 4 years I have followed back every single person that follows me on Twitter. I started doing that back in 2008 when I followed 50 people and no such thing as Twitter Spam existed. It made sense then. It seemed courteous even.
Today I follow 40,000 people and I receive about 350 fake direct messages a day. Some of them are from real users that have had their accounts hijacked and others are from spam accounts that I followed back thinking they were real. I followed you all back because I wanted you all to be able to contact me if you needed me for anything, but since I now have to wade through 100s of fake direct messages to find your one real one, that just doesn’t make sense any more. What ends up happening is that I now miss the very few real direct messages that I get because they get lost in the spam – with a ton of it being offensive junk that I hate seeing every day. I’ve tried to use all types of things to filter this stuff out and none of it works.
(Update :: I just checked my direct messages for the fun of it and in the top 10 I saw the words “stank ho”, “titties”, and “nigger”. I was about to write a joke about which one of those 3 that I don’t mind seeing but I’ll keep it to myself. :-)
I also followed you back because I wanted to keep up with how you are doing. Now, any random time I want to see what you all are saying on Twitter I pretty much don’t see anything real and have to wade through hundreds of profane porn accounts just to find what people I actually like (like my wife or brother) are saying. I’ve tried Twitter lists, but they’re just too inconvenient. For instance, I just looked at Twitter and this was the first thing I saw.
Finally, I followed you all back because we are a team. Over the 4+ years I’ve been on Twitter we’ve changed the world together. Almost none of the work I’ve done and that I’m known for would exist without you. This is the case now more than ever.
That is the very reason I am unfollowing you. I want to be able to stay in touch with you and let you know that I care about you as much as you care about me and following 40,000 people doesn’t help that anymore.
I’m not getting too big for my britches (we say that where I’m from in Kentucky :-). I’m not acting like a celebrity. I just wanna do what works. Following 40,000 people doesn’t help me stay connected to you, it doesn’t help you stay connected to me, and it doesn’t help my charitable efforts – it hurts them.
So – if you want to get in touch me, email me directly. It’s really me. firstname.lastname@example.org. To my own detriment I check this email religiously. That’s the best way for us to communicate and I try my best to respond to every email I can.
If you want to call or text me, call 404.461.9850. That’s my real cell. Feel free to put all of that in your phone. I’ve had that number for years. I rarely answer the phone, but I respond to texts. If this is how you want to get in touch with me – send me a text letting me know who you are and what you want to connect about and I’ll call you back if I can, OK?
I love you all! I hope you know that I am not unfollowing YOU but I am unfollowing @YourName so that I can follow you better!