When someone first asked me about blocking people on Twitter, my first thought was, “Sure, go ahead. Whatever grows your corn!” “But how do you feel about it?” he insisted. And I realized that I didn’t feel a darn thing, because I had never given any thought to the topic. On further research, it turns out nobody else thinks about it much, either. Beyond the helpful “How To” guide, there isn’t a lot of guidance in this area. Here are some examples of situations in which blocking is ok plus a lot of gray area for you to think about when it comes to managing your online presence.
I used to get all excited when someone followed me on Twitter — particularly someone HUGE, like a celebrity or a full-on famous blogger. But then came the crash. On viewing the HUGE person’s Twitter page, I’d see the ridiculously large number of people they were already following, and I would crash. There is no possible way someone can really keep up with more than a couple-hundred followers. See, I’m still somewhat of a Twitter newb. And still working out how to best use Twitter. Here’s what I learned about followers, following, ratios and the idea of “real conversation”.