Reflections on Twitter

Martin has reflected about the social niceties of following people who follow you twitter on several occasions most recently in this post on Twitter Etiquette. Just recently I’ve had a couple of strange experiences with twitter which make me wonder whether I’ll bother with it.

The first was when somebody called Peter Clough began following me. Obviously noticed the surname similarity. The shocking thing for me was when the email came through saying that Peter Clough had started following me on twitter. My father was called Peter Clough and he died in 2000 so it was a bit like a getting an email from the grave. However I’ve neither blocked nor begun to follow that twitterer and that seems to feel alright. I don’t think I could bear to receive twitters from my dead Dad though so I’ll probably not follow that one any further.

Osen Kamura on TwitterThe next wierd experience was today when somebody called Osen Komura began following me. I followed up the profile, as you do, to see if we had anything in common and found a rather oddly active twitterer. The IP address leads to somewhere on the West Coast. When I looked again just now, Osen was following 24,996 twitterers. I’ve just checked again and it’s up to 25,010. I googled the name and found another blog where somebody had had a similar experience and was speculating about it. Is this a real person? The profile tag says he/she is an experiment. I’m curious about it. If you follow so many twitterings, you would end up with a long and disjoint narrative of some sort from twitterers throughout the world.

Again, I’m not blocking this one. I’m just intrigued. But I’m not joining the 3592 who are following him/her. I’m not that intrigued!

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Having worked as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, I have now semi-retired but retained my association with the OU as an Honorary Associate.
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