Twitter is ultimatelyÂ a popularity contest – an event played out openly for all to see whether particpants like it or not.Â
How many followers?
This is the first questionÂ or the first thing that people look at.
It denotes status.Â
AndÂ the ratio is absolutely central and key -Â
Following :Â Followed
We have all been culled from lists when this ratio gets a little unbalanced.
Celebs in general only follow people of a similar status. TheyÂ guard their celebrity fiercely and they don’t like to share their star dust with minions below them. I have heard some terrifying stories of famous comedians not following back old mates who are still playing the clubs. Mean spirited? Or just human nature? Probably, a bit of both.
A goldenÂ rule isÂ – DON’T EVER ASK FOR AÂ FOLLOW.Â Â Something I have learnt from bitter past experience. It is always humiliating,Â rarely bears fruit and usually leaves a sour taste.
But the key to the twitter preimer league status is a little blue tick. I refer of course to becomingÂ verfied. The seductive blue tick that says you are the one and the only… or to use the official definition – “…to act as ultimate proof or evidence of; serve to confirm”
Hallowed status whichÂ people who are desperate to attainÂ and believe me, they throw much energy andÂ moneyÂ at to achieve.Â
Well, this week, this honour wasÂ bestowedÂ on twitter newcomer @tomholland1996
Way ahead of languishng in his wake @domholland – his dad – the man who bloody well made him all those years ago…
Poeple have asked me if this upsets me which thankfully IÂ laugh at. It is the kernel of my story that I have been writing about.
Plus I like being unverified.Â
I don’t need a Californian nerd in flip flops to confirmÂ whoÂ I am. I know who I am. I am Dominic Holland. A Comedian andÂ Writer – who despite my best efforts over the pastÂ 20 yearsÂ isÂ probably now best known for being the dad of @tomholland1996
He’s verified you know…
4 thoughts on “The laws of twitter”
Good truth, nobody needs a verfied to know who he is, we are all important; Also congratulations to Tom that increasingly more of followers increases… And don’t worry that there are still many people that you know by Dominic not by ‘Tom’s Dad’
I’d like to read this.
good man, thank you
I tried to access this blog last night and it said “bandwidth exceeded”. There is definitely status in having a blog popular enough that it exceeds its quota!
back up liam – and it now costs me more money for the hosting – the cost of being successful, a double edged sword…