I like Twitter, though I do go through phases of posting and then disappear for weeks or even months on end, pretty much like my blogging history in general.One of the joys of Twitter is the wide variety of people who use it. When I first joined I don’t think I knew anyone who used it, so I ended up following and being followed by a few random strangers. Later I found a couple of people off my Flickr contacts and a handful of people I actually knew started using it. Add in a bunch of people I don’t know but whose blogs I read, and a few more scattered strangers and the list of people I follow is mixed to say the least. But there are certain classes of users who automatically get blocked by me when get the “x is now following you” notification email drops in my inbox.
- Male and only or predominantly follows women. Sorry but you’re just creepy and will be instantly blocked.
- Twitters in a language other than English. Sorry, but apart from a smattering of French my language skills are limited to English and if you don’t speak it I can’t understand you and I don’t feel comfortable with that sort of one-sided arrangement.
- Your Twitter feed is full of links and that’s all. Sorry but you’re a spammer and I’m interested in people’s personalities not their bookmarks.
- You are following thousands, if not tens of thousands of people. Sorry but no, you’re obviously not interested in the social aspects of Twitter, you’re probably a spammer of some sort, and I’m not interested in you.