For those unfamiliar, Qwitter is/was a Web application that e-mails Twitter users (who sign up) every day notifying them of fellow Tweeps who stop following their micro-feed. While interesting in theory, what followed was an onslaught of Tweeps complaining about being “Qwit,” threatening to un-follow anyone who un-followed them and really, general high school patheticness on a massive level.
I never signed up for Qwitter, and this is why:
1) Not every person I find valuable is ALSO going to find my tweets valuable. Should this offend me? No. We all have different offerings/services to provide to the greater community. This is what makes Twitter great.
2) If I Tweet 140 characters, and someone doesn’t like what I have to say and therefore un-follows me, I am not going to change the way I tweet and “who I am online” to please one person.
3) When Twitter started, there might have been an unwritten code that if I follow a person, he/she should follow back. Given the size of Twitter now, those codes are off. I follow over 500 people, and honestly, my favorite Tweeps are getting lost in the information shuffle. At some point it’s IMPORTANT to be more selective to serve your business needs.
4) Finally- why? What did I stand to gain to find out who was quitting my feed and when? I would rather focus on the positive and learn about my new followers.
Services like Qwitter reinforce the feeling that social media can be just like high school. If we put the focus on how many people are our friends or who quit today, we lose focus on what we stand to learn today.
I would never wish for a company to go under. But in hard economic times, I would prefer that social media, and social media tools help us as a community stay in touch with positive forms of networking and helpful dissemination of relevant information.
What do you think? As always, I welcome your feedback.