Friday, February 10, 2012

Why I don't (always) care if you follow me....

This one is inspired by Jeff Smith's (yes, That Jeff Smith) post "Why I don't follow you" post.

I don't care if you follow me.

Okay, that's not completely true. I hope you didn't stop reading then. What I really meant was that I don't expect all the people that I follow to follow me back.

Here's why.

I read a lot of blogs and articles to learn stuff I don't know about. I'll subscribe to RSS feeds and add people to my Google Plus circles if they write or link to 'quality' material. By quality, I mean stuff that I find interesting or useful.

I write stuff here (occasionally, and will do an Oracle based one in the next day or too) and link to articles through Google plus. These are things that I think / hope other people may find interesting or useful.

So I follow some people and some people follow me. Inevitably there will be some overlap when people are interested in the same topics. But there are some people who know far more about a topic than I do and won't learn anything new from my posts. Or they post on a topic which I 'consume but don't publish'.

So I'm not offended if you don't follow me. Please don't be offended if I don't follow you.

Ongoing frustrations with Twitter mean that I've mostly replaced it by Google Plus.
Contrary to what I've said here, if you circle me there and have something like 'DBA' in your profile, I will circle you back because I have a special circle for DBAs. As did Dante, I believe.

I'm very flattered to be followed on Twitter, but I grew fed up of trying to twist sentences into something that is accurate and useful but still brief.

1 comment:

Tim... said...

What I tend to do now is post on G+, but have my posts bounced across to Twitter. It gives an abbreviation of the post and a link to G+. This way you can say things in full, but still notify your twitter followers.

If I get replies on other networks (twitter, facebook etc), I continue the conversation on that network, but I try to make the source G+.