The world-wide web (wow, I actually enjoy writing those words as it makes me focus on this mini miracle machine that allows me to enter that world through this blog) was once a static platform. Interactivity was minimal.
Now, web 2.0 is for the prosumer, and is an active-oriented, creative and interactive platform where even the smallest voice gets heard.
So how did the concept of a Twitter “Follow” ever stick?
I’m surely not the first person to think or write about this. I haven’t googled this to find the endless number of blogs about this topic, but for me, this has become an issue when I try to acknowledge people who are (choke) following me.
My aversion to this word is in direct disproportion to how I feel about the platform itself, which exists on people following other people.
I am a twitter follower. I’ve been on twitter since March and have learned so much from so many well-respected and talented educators who constitute my PLN. I’ve learned about resources, websites, tools and received ideas and encouragement.
Hashtags, chats, bitly, tweetdeck, hootsuite, twuffer, are tools that I could not do without. RT’s, MT’s, HT’s are de-mystified as I go about my tweeting.
Why then, do I literally crunch up my shoulders and cringe when I check my account to see who my “Followers” are?
Here’s my dilemma: I certainly ‘Follow’ people on Twitter. Yet when I find out that someone has ‘followed’ me I just can’t do what others have done.
I can’t thank them for “following” me–it feels absurd and I just can’t get the word out. So, instead I thank them for connecting.
So much more comfortable. So much more web 2.0.