Take Twitter for instance. Each day I clear out a load of inactive accounts of users who have for one reason or another abandoned their Twitter ‘experience’, as it is so colourfully called. Twitter does offer an option to ‘deactivate’ accounts but very few unexcited users bother. Of course, when it comes time to bandy statistics around about their huge success, these dead accounts are included in Twitter’s amazing market share of the social media market.
Facebook has a similar habit of keeping dead numbers. While they do have deactivate and delete account options, the number of inactive accounts must now be in the millions.
Social media and networking has given a voice to people that was not possible before. Recent events in the Middle East have shown how social networking can empower ordinary people and make a political and social difference. It is also a wonderful communication medium for families and friends to stay in touch.
However, it is really starting to fill up with inactive registered corpses, sorry I mean users that inflate user statistics. Personally, I have a healthy Twitter following of around 24,000. But in fact, of this number only around 7,000 are active users. As I mentioned earlier, I try to clear the inactive accounts I am following.
But there is no way to stop users following me – from the Twitter cemetery. Spooky.