I started writing this post about Twitter and realized that only the cool people who are on Twitter will know what the hell I'm talking about. But, you know what? I'm going to write about it anyway.
You may or may not be surprised to know that I have a few pet peeves. Regarding Twitter, that is. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Twitter. It's the things that certain tweeters do that bug the hell out of me.
One thing that annoys me is when people expect you to follow them back just because they follow you. I don't autofollow. When someone follows me, I check their tweetstream to see what they're tweeting about. If it's tweet after tweet of junk, profanity, or anything at all political, I don't follow back. I have unfollowed people for the same reason.
I've also unfollowed people with an overabundance of my next pet peeve: Too many #FF and/or #WW tweets. You non-Twitter people are really confused right now, aren't you? #FF is the hashtag for Follow Friday, #WW stands for Writer Wednesday. The idea is to use them in your tweet and list a few people to get others to follow them. The operative word here is FEW. I don't want my tweetstream filled with so many #FFs and #WWs that I have to scroll down for five minutes to get to something worthwhile. I have yet to follow anyone through an #FF or #WW. I recently unfollowed someone who had 30 separate #FF tweets (yes, I counted them) one right after the other. I couldn't help but wonder how long it took him to type all that.
Other than that, I love Twitter. I've met a lot of nice people there. It is, without a doubt, the place to be if you want to learn about anyone involved in the publishing industry. It's crucial for anyone looking for an agent. Many, many agents tweet. Twitter is the best place to get to know what they're like and see if he or she is someone you'd like to work with.
Call me a Twitter evangelist if you'd like. Get thee to Twitter. Immediately.