I hate it when people say, “It’s only twitter, get over it.”
For some people, twitter is so much more than a social networking site, or a stream of random people’s comments, or breaking news from that day.
For some, it is a way to communicate with friends, to discover new things you love and to meet new people.
Twitter is so much more.
For me, I have found so many new and awesome friends through twitter. Up and down the country and overseas. People that I wouldn’t have necessarily met in my normal day-to-day life, have become some of my closest friends, or just the people I go to for opinions.
I even met by boyfriend through twitter (Actually Formspring, but I’m going to maintain Twitter.)
Yes, there are a few creepy people I have encountered along the way, but mostly the people are nice and care about the people they talk to on a regular basis.
What I don’t like about twitter, is the drama.
There can be so much of it, when it really is unnecessary. Twitter can be very high school, a lot of the time.
Yes, it would be nice if everyone could get along and live as one big happy twitter family, but the reality is that people do unfollow you. It’s just one of those things that goes with twitter. Not everyone can like everyone’s thoughts/tweets, but it does get to you when someone unfollows you, who you considered a ‘friend’.
Some people may ask how you could ever consider anyone on twitter a friend, when the majority of the time you haven’t even met them.
Well sure, most of the people I consider my friends from twitter are people I have met in real life, some I haven’t yet had the pleasure of, but I’m sure it is only a matter of time. Or, those that I do talk to pretty much every day on twitter and have even gone so far as adding them to Facebook or IM.
When people who say ‘get over it’, well, it sometimes isn’t that easy. Because you might actually consider that person a friend, who you talk to fairly regularly.
But then one day, they no longer follow you. Now what could you possibly have done wrong? Because, yes, that thought does fun through your mind and I’m sure there are plenty people out there reading this and thinking, ‘but it’s only twitter’.
You obviously don’t know how awesome or how many friendships you can make by just having an account.
And yes, as I said, not everyone gets along with everyone, but when one of your twitter friends decides to unfollow you, sometimes it’s like losing a real life friend too. Which is not so easy to get over.