Kathy: So, in the last two days I’ve had two people who wanted to know why I followed them and one of them wanted to know if she’s on a follow-list for writers.
Red: Um…isn’t the whole point of Twitter to follow and be followed?
Kathy: Yeah! So, it’s not just me, right? It is insane to sign up for Twitter and then get insulted when people follow you. Right?
Red: No, it’s not just you. You got it right. Hey, so what about that twitter validation service? What’s that all about?
Kathy: Again, I DO NOT understand. What are you being protected against in someone following you. Or even if you end up following a robot unintentionally. You can’t figure out by the tweets that they aren’t a real person? Of course you can.Then you just UNFOLLOW them.
Red: I can tell by the capital letters that you are really irritated. Can you keep it down a bit?
Kathy: Oh…sorry. But really, a couple of months ago I had a couple of real doozies that I had followed. One frat boy who didn’t like me tweeting about my blog and books. I told him to unfollow me, but he spent the next three tweets telling me how rude and inconsiderate I was. My response to each one was – “Unfollow me, please.” He didn't. Then, of course, I was forced to unfollow and block him.
Red: What about the second one? Wasn’t he just rude?
Kathy: Yes, he was - extremely. I had a blog post about list makers and he felt it necessary to tell me that list makers are as sexy as a rusty fireplug - ad nausem. Really? Seriously? This is what you spend your time doing? Finding people to harass on Twitter?
Red: What did you do?
Kathy: I told him politely (although I really wasn't feeling the polite thing) that he needed to do something about his problem and then unfollowed and blocked him.
Red: Why do you think some people are so resistant to unfollowing people?
Kathy: I have no earthly idea. To me, one of the best things about Twitter is being able to build a stream of people who make my day better in some way. Hopefully, the people that follow me get something back, too.
Red: (laughing) Maybe it’s that service that posts tweets about who unfollowed who?
Kathy: (now laughing as well) Maybe! Who knows. Isn’t that just the most ridiculous thing of all?
Red: It’s pretty weird. Here have another Bloody Mary (handing me a glass filled with the yummy red liquid heaven and a stalk of celery).
Kathy: (taking a sip) Ummm.
Red: Feel better?
Kathy: (closing my eyes) Much! Thank you.