Losing Twitter followers who clearly only wanted followbacks
What test do you mean?
So there’s a guy and a girl, and they’re talking to a guy that we’re going to call the Gatekeeper. And the guy goes, “Man, I really like Green Lantern.” And the Gatekeeper goes, “I know, right? Me too.” And the girl goes, “I love Green Lantern!” And the Gatekeeper goes, “Oh, yeah? Who’s the Green Lantern right now? I bet you haven’t even read the comic book.” You know? They do that kind of shit. And I’ve said it so many times: Being a nerd is not about what you love; it’s about the way you love it. And no one gets to tell another person, “You’re not loving a comic book the right way.”
I identified this when Twitter started blowing up. And just because I was an early adopter, I was on there before a lot of legitimately famous people were on there. And all of these social-media gurus were coming to talk to me and I figured out that when someone says “This is the right way to use Twitter,” the translation for that was “This is the way I can profit or benefit from you using Twitter.” And I kept telling people, “Do it your way, it doesn’t matter. Just do your thing.”
And I don’t mind kicking a beehive. Some people say to me, “You could have so many more followers if you didn’t say this or that.” And I don’t fucking care. It’s not like I’m keeping score. And you know, if I’m going to alienate people who think that standing by a park with an assault rifle is okay because you can, then I don’t want that person to follow me anyway and I don’t fucking care if they don’t support any of my work, because fuck that guy.
I went on this mini-rant on Twitter tonight, and it’s pretty much my main fandom philosophy, if you will. Or one of them, anyway.
I did a big post on it ages ago (the link in the third tweet) and despite the I’d-like-to-buy-the-fandom-a-Coke tone of it, I don’t really expect to like everyone in fandom, I don’t expect to get along with everyone in fandom. I mean, I’ve been in this a long time, I’ve never been that girl or woman who can be universally whatever. I’m nowhere near as much of an asshole as I was when I was new, back in the dark ages, but I know that I still have some sharp edges. There are always going to be people I’m not going to personally click with, people I will never agree on a handful of topics with. There are many fucks I just will not give. And that’s okay.
Maybe I think someone is a jerk. Maybe I think they’re an idiot. Maybe, in the fashion of my people, I just ignore them until to the end of time. (Or maybe it’s just me lurking; I am a champion lurker.) But I will never call them a bad fan just for liking different stuff, or liking stuff differently than I do.
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I’m sure I’ve done some of these, but IMO, asking for a retweet is THE WORST. So skeevy.