A noxious side-effect of not having a general-purpose blog is that I must hijack this blog for a post such as this.
I purge New Twitter Followers.
These are my Guidelines:
1) You are a so-called "A-Lister." I've Blocked Scoble, Rivera, and others. I don't want you Following me. Piss off.
1a) If your description has the term "coach" in it -- life coach, writing coach, social media coach -- you get Blocked.
2) You Follow more than 1,000. Really, what is up with that? I've Blocked someone who was Following
3) I make an exception to rule 2 if you are involved in books: writer, editor, and even the marketing thereof. But if your Profile makes no mention of that, you get Blocked.
3a) If you write for children, you do not want to Follow me. I use what is sometimes whiningly referred to as Objectionable Language and you don't want that kind of influence to seep into your books. Besides, children are best killed, cooked, and fed to dogs.
4) You get Blocked if you're a spammer (Twitter is good at suspending those accounts, but they don't purge them from the system, so I have to Block them to maintain an honest Follower count). You get Blocked if you're SEO or a "social media expert" or marketing.
5) You get Blocked if your Twitter Profile URL goes to an ad.
6) You get Blocked if the only person you Follow is me. That creeps me out, OK?
7) I sometimes drop people I Follow, too, if they never reply to tweets I send to them. Why should I read you if you won't read me?
7a) If your Twitterstream has a lot of timed repeats, you get UnFollowed if I was Following you.
8) I will now Block people who Follow me whose updates are protected. I used to be lenient about this, but no longer.
On March 23, I was alerted to the existence of this article and its damning conclusions: Online Monoculture and the End of the Niche. I feel that push towards what is termed "monopoly populism" and see evidence even in "people-selected" aggregator sites (which are just about uniformly as crooked as the mortgage lending system has been). Since I am hardly what anyone would term mainstream or populist, I think I need to do my bit to combat this. Thus, I am lifting my Twitter Follower limit.
If you have been Blocked in the past, email me (mikecane02 -at- yahoo.com) to see about it getting rescinded. But note that rules 1, 2, 3a, 4, 5, and 6 will remain in effect. No second chance for you!
If you are a book publisher, you do not have to keep Following me. Pop up as a Follower so I can be made aware of your Twitter presence. If I'm not Following you within seven days, you can UnFollow me.
And lastly, if you Follow me, don't expect me to Follow you back unless your Twittersteam shows interesting tweets.
If you think I've Blocked you unfairly, send me an email with your Twitter ID.
Good. Now I can point people to this blog post from now on.