As a regular and enthusiastic Twitter user, I am starting to wonder where it is going. I particular enjoy the open forum Twitter offers. By that I mean you are not restricted in who you can follow. And logically, who follows you back. This is the true beauty of Twitter. However, with this freedom comes a price.
Every day I find I am being followed, harassed, botted and spammed by more and more marketers, salesmen and women, gurus, coaches, god floggers and plain old fashioned pains in the backside. With an email address and very simple auto posting tools, anyone can set up as many automated accounts as they like, and start pestering the living daylights out of you.
Added to this is Twitter’s lack of control over dead, inactive, duplicate, as well as multiple accounts. In trying to clean out the crud from my Twitter Home Feed over recent weeks, I have to say that I was shocked at the number of ‘automated bot rubbish’ followers I ended up unfollowing. Literally thousands!
Another Twitter pain is the ability of unscrupulous accounts to abuse not only your user name by posting unwanted advertising to your mentions, but worse, to your direct message feed. These two abuses are really unacceptable but seemingly tolerated by Twitter.
Unfortunately, as Twitter moves into its logical next phase of actually making money, will these problems become worse? Will the ‘Twitter Experience’ that Twitter has pumped for so long, really mean being belted around the head by marketers and turning Twitter into one gigantic ‘flogging forum’? My greatest fear is that Twitter has now become such a ‘connectivity’ conduit on the internet, that it has the potential to become a true menace.
That would be a pity, as the idea behind Twitter is wonderful. I enjoy the useful information many uses post and love the interaction with the so called ‘real people’ on Twitter.
But as each day goes by, I am wondering if Twitter will end up as simply another capitalist exercise in greed.
Forget the users and just count the money.