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AJ Cann

Doesn't twitter use the term "follower" instead of friend? If so, that is much more upfront and reflective of RL relationships than the falsely symmetrical Facebook "friend" (http://tinyurl.com/2m3hd8) relationship.
Disclosure: I don't use Twitter. I can't criticize the length of the posts (!), but it's the continuous partial attention aspect (http://tinyurl.com/2w92h3) which also which made me cut back on Facebook use (http://tinyurl.com/yqtuk4).

D'Arcy Norman

I certainly don't mean to be elitist in my twitter usage - it's just a matter of limited attention and time to devote to monitoring my twitter stream. If I follow any more people, I start missing large portions of the conversation as tweets fly by unseen. Asymmetry might be a useful strategy to manage twitter overload. I have a hard time believing Scoble actually follows over 3000 people's tweets.He might dip into the stream and catch bits here and there, but it's physically impossible to follow that much traffic, even if you have time to devote 24/7 to it.


Hi D'Arcy. I take the point about attention span and I certainly don't believe Scoble is sitting there thinking 'I wonder what Martin's up to?' The problem is that although you may have a perfectly valid reason, and are not being elitist, the overall effect is of elitism. If everyone already at their follower limit then there is no room for anybody new. It seems like a party you have arrived late for and cannot get entry to, but can stand outside and listen to everyone enjoying themselves.
This is different from blogging say, where you can start a blog, and if it's good eventually you will get readers, or certainly readers for specific posts. But no-one will find your Twitter posts if you're not being followed. It is much less democratic, and therefore elitist, in that sense I feel. This isn't because the people using it are elitist, but a function of how the software operates.

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