twitter hand jobs

A year ago, I questioned whether or not twitter was worth my time. In the months since, I’ve come to enjoy twitter for its ability to disseminate news almost instantaneously, which is why I follow a lot of Houston-centric feeds and national news feeds. And I like it when people link to their latest blog, which is why I follow TheBloggess (I’ll read anything she writes) and BaldHeretic (his photos – especially the ones from his trips – are awesome). I just ignore the posts that don’t interest me.

The thing that I started noticing today (I’ve been distracted lately) is how many people give each other virtual hand jobs on twitter all day. There are way too many entries of people thanking other twitterers for mentioning them or nominating them for a bullshit award or retweeting something they posted. So what ends up happening (if you follow a number of these folks) is that person A posts something about person B. Person B then posts a thank you to person A, thereby reposting whatever person A posted. Tedious. I would just skip over these entries as I do the “so hungry…leaving for lunch now” and “ho hum, standing in line at the dry cleaners” posts, except the hand jobs are dominating my screen lately. They’re keeping me from seeing the stuff I get on twitter to see. So I unfollowed a number of offenders today. Yes, I feel better.