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Follow Friday and Other Baffling Twitter Phenomena

I’m feeling a little ranty today and I figured I’d take it out on social media since it can’t defend itself, and WoW has done nothing to provoke my ire lately. I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. I love it more than hate it since I’ve ‘met’ so many awesome people on it who I like to chat with. But certain Twitter behavior can irritate me to no end, especially when I’m kind of grumpy in the first place. Here are the top offenders. They’re all related to filling my Twitter feed with a bunch of crap I’m not interested in seeing.

Follow Friday

Alright, I can understand this conceptually but, practically, most #ffs are duds. If I see:

#ff @Serrath_ @RunningTracy @ThunderRodent @WTSHeals @healiocentric @Therya_EJ @Rezznul @Restokin @Smmoke_ @SerrinneWoW @Kaleri_ @kurnmogh 

You know what the chances are that I’m going to follow any of these people? (Pretend that I don’t follow all of them already :P ) Zero. Why would I follow these people? Who are they? Why should I want to see what they have to say?

However, if I saw this:

#ff @Serrath_ because he’s taken over as the new healing lead of Apotheosis (sucker). He’s an awesome holy Priest, even though he plays a gnome.

Then I might actually follow, assuming I was interested in Apotheosis, healing, or Priests; and not too turned off by the gnome part.

If you really want to get someone some new followers, put in a little more effort. Otherwise, why bother?

The worst thing people do is when they post 12 big blocks of #ff tweets that list every single person they follow. Please, stop.

Thank you

I admit this is a strange one and I could possibly be the only person bothered by it. It’s especially odd considering I’m Canadian and all about being polite to strangers. However, it bugs the hell out of me when people say thank you for RTs. Yes, it’s great to be appreciative, but it’s also great to not clog your other followers feeds with 12 tweets that say “ty” to various people. That said, I do appreciate when people RT my blog posts! I just do it silently.

The worst Twitter thank you behaviour is related to Follow Friday. If someone mentions you in one of those big blocks of names in a #ff and you feel the need to thank them… for the love of god, just thank the person who wrote the #ff. Do not reply to everyone. Argh! (Reply All is a function that many, many people can not handle. Not just a Twitter problem.)

Auto Tweets

Worst thing. I seriously find these more annoying than DMs telling me about how you lost 10 lbs with Garcinia. So many sites do this auto posting BS – I find YouTube, FourSquare, and Raptr the worst offenders, and it’s the quickest way to make me unfollow someone. I don’t care that you liked a video on YouTube. I don’t care that you’re at the Tim Hortons on 4th and Main (and it’s kind of creepy that now everyone knows where you are). How twitchy my unfollow finger gets when I see these depends on my mood, but if I see more than one or two of these in a day from a person, I’m probably not following them anymore. It’s really annoying. There are a few people who I really want to follow so that I can see their actual thoughts on things, but then 25% of their feed is: “Played World of Warcraft (PC) in the last 24 hours. http://raptr.com/” and I don’t want to see that. I generally wind up following and unfollowing these people every couple of weeks.

PSA: Help control the auto-tweet population – check your settings on these websites and turn them off!

Alright, I think I’m done ranting. Oh wait – Get off my lawn! There, now I’m done.

Because I don’t like to write posts that are totally whiny, self-indulgent and negative, here’s a cool screenshot of Jasyla rocking her legendary cloak proc. Four wings are better than two.Dual-wing

PSA: Twitter, Communication and Manners

Imagine this…

Someone on the Internet has pissed you off (I know, I know, this is an outlandish situation I’m suggesting, but bear with me). Maybe they’ve disagreed with something you firmly believe in. Maybe last night in Dragon Soul they wouldn’t get out of the fire no matter how many chances they got and kept wiping the raid. Maybe they’ve just been an absolute jerk.

Despite common practice, the appropriate course of action is not to go on Twitter and snidely make vague, undirected comments about the situation. This doesn’t fool anyone. Anyone who has been privy to the situation will know exactly what you’re talking about. The person you’re making the snide comments about will know exactly what you’re talking about. I suppose that’s the point. However, acting this way is passive aggressive and tacky. At best it accomplishes nothing. Likely, it makes everyone involved more angry and draws more people into a situation they don’t really need to be involved in.

Try taking the high road. Directly tell the person in question that you’re upset with them and why. If you feel like being super mature about it, you could even do it in private rather than on Twitter. The situation has much better chance of being resolved this way.

Communication tends to work better when you say what you mean, to the person you want to hear it.

/soapbox

Thank You

Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event 2011Though my Thanksgiving was back in October, I still wanted to take a minute to take part in the Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event and thank a few people from the blogging community.

 

First, there are the Druids that I always admired who were part of the reason I decided to start a blog. Keeva, who always wrote such wonderfully informative posts about resto druids and clearly loved her class (you have to love druids to level 12 of them). Beru, who is not only an amazing resto druid, but is also one of the most open and honest bloggers I know, who has always been around to talk about healing or commiserate when something WoW-related is bothering me.

Next, thanks to everyone who has ever commented on my blog. I love comments. Ophelie was the first person that commented here (who I didn’t know in real life and hound relentlessly to comment on my damn blog already). That’s the first time I realised “Hey! Someone’s actually reading this!”

Speaking of Ophelie, thanks to all the people who have invited me to be on their podcasts. My first WoW podcast was Gkick. You might not know I was on that, because I thought I was awful. I was so painfully shy, I thought I was the worst guest ever. So thank you Gkick (and especially Hya) for inviting me on the show and continuing to say nice things about me afterwards. Then there was Fimlys and Hydra from the Twisted Nether Blogcast. On this podcast I got over my shyness and had a lot of fun. I even met Fimlys and Hydra in person at BlizzCon and they were just as great there. Then there was Kurn and Majik who invited me to be on Blessing of Frost. To be honest, I think they just invited me because they had run out of Apotheosis members to interview. And because I harassed Kurn (who I will say more about soon). Last but certainly not least, thanks to Ophelie and Oestrus from The Double O Podcast. I had always really wanted to be part of a healing roundtable and they actually invited me to theirs! I had a blast.

Thanks to Kurn, not only for being a great GM and healing lead. If it weren’t for Kurn’s blog and Twitter account I never would have known when Apotheosis was in need of a new resto druid and I never would have met all the friends I’ve made there.

Lastly, thanks to all the people I talk to regularly on Twitter. It’s a lot of fun to be able to discuss game changes as soon as they are revealed, and talk about everything from healing to cats to cheesecake with a bunch of smart, thoughtful people. Twitter conversations have provided me with many a distraction and gotten me through a lot of long days.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Twitter: Destroyer of Blogs?

Yesterday I was reading Keeva’s post on why people blog and why they subscribe to blogs. Throughout the comments I noticed a trend. It seems that rather than looking primarily for guides and class information (though those things are important too) people subscribe to blogs that exhibit personality. People are extremely interested in posts that talk about personal experiences and opinions and generate discussion. That’s why bloggers like Larísa and Tam enjoy such a following.

Looking through my own post history, I’ve written very few of these personal-type posts in the last few months. I’ve been writing a fair bit, but almost all my posts have been healing guides or analysis of logs and add-ons. I’m quite happy with them to tell the truth, but they aren’t exactly bursting with personality. I haven’t even posted a rant since the middle of November.

What has happened in the last few months that could change my blogging habits and turn me into a soulless automaton that spits out post after post filled with dry, instructional information and wowhead links with nary a hint of personal feelings or opinion?

Twitter happened.

After years of mocking Twitter as a fad and its user group as the worst kind of over-sharers with the attention spans of a gnat, I jumped on the bandwagon. I started off slow. I mostly just lurked around and read what other people had to say. Then I discovered that I could use it to promote by blog posts, and started responding to others. Now I’m a full-fledged user with 496 tweets under my belt…497 (my guildmate just said the funniest thing)…498 (my god, do bracers never drop!?).

Something funny happen in a raid? Did a PuG do something unbelievably stupid? Have I read something that made me excited/sad/angry? Why write a whole post about it when I share it on Twitter in 140 characters or less? It’s so much less work!

Last night I had an interesting raid on my priest. I did some silly things, people stood in fires, I had all kinds of pent up frustration by the end of the night. I could have written a post about it. Whether it be a rant, sharing lessons learned or a plea for some advice from readers, it could have been a half-decent post that sparked some discussion. Instead, I tweeted.

I accidentally Life Gripped the tank on Halfus. Hahaha

Riveting stuff right there.

Earlier this week I read a post by another resto druid sharing the opinion that Tree of Life was a poor talent and not worth the cost (1 point!). I was incensed. Here was someone who is apparently a resource for the resto druid community giving awful advice and terrible rationalizations for it. I wanted to write a response post. I should have at least written a scathing comment. Instead, I tweeted.

I cant tell if a post telling people ToL isn’t worth one talent point is trolling or not.

Do I even justify the post by commenting on it?

Amount of discussion generated: zero.

For the last couple weeks I’ve been complaining (on Twitter) that I have nothing to post about. It’s not true, I have a lot of topics I could write about, I have experienced a lot of things in-game that I could share…but instead I tweet.

I clearly need help.

The Fine Print: The argument could be made that my lack of interesting posts is due to the fact that between raiding in two guilds, analyzing logs, analyzing armoury profiles and planning my wedding I just don’t have the time or energy to properly formulate posts with personal thoughts and opinions, but that is poppycock. Haha, I said poppycock.

Jasyla’s Twitter Experiment

I did the unthinkable (for me, not at all unthinkable for most others) and set up a Twitter account. I’ve been ragging on it and thinking it’s ridiculous for a long time but I never actually tested it out for myself, which is a little unfair.

I joined up on Thursday and followed a handful of bloggers I like. My first impression:

Ahh! So many updates!

A lot of people are quite prolific and seeing new posts come up every 30 seconds was a little overwhelming. I’m sure the fact that Blizzcon was happening exacerbated this. I found it a little difficult to filter the stuff I didn’t care about and pick out the things I was interested in.

I also had some good experiences. I posted about losing my VuhDo panels and almost instantly had people respond with helpful suggestions. That was pretty nifty.

I’m still not completely sold on this, but I’ll continue to make an effort. If you’d like, follow me @Jasyla_

Jasyla's Twitter

I have one request though. If I ever use the word tweet in anything but a sarcastic and mocking tone, please slap me.

Oversharing

A lot of people have been talking about Blizzard’s new Real ID today. Besides the obvious privacy concerns with sharing your real name with people on your friends list (many of whom you probably don’t know in real life), there are a lot of things about this system that just scream “too much information!” to me. This is not just an issue with Real ID, it’s a trend that’s been picking up more and more steam for years.

I really don’t understand the compulsion people have to share everything with everybody. “Taking the dog for a walk!” announces a Facebook friend (can I call someone I knew in high school who I haven’t talked to in 10 years a friend?). Did I really need to know that?

I have no desire to share my every waking thought with everyone I know, and I certainly have no desire to constantly hear their thoughts. Do people actually find this stuff interesting? How many 140-character updates can you read or write before they just blend together into noise?

Blogs are being integrated with Twitter and Facebook. Lots of bloggers feed their blog posts into their twitter pages, or their twitter updates into their blogs (nothing against the bloggers who do this, I just don’t get it). Even the Disqus comment system I put on my blog a little while ago has an option to share the comments you write on Twitter or Facebook. I really wish I could get rid of that particular feature. My blog is for blogging, talking about WoW and hopefully having interesting discussions about it. If my Facebook friends care about what I say on my blog, they will read it. I don’t want to flood their news feeds with comments about WoW – to which they would probably respond “wtf is tree of life?” anyway.

The Real ID system is just another way to overshare. I don’t need to know when every one of my friends is online and what they are doing. I don’t want to be reachable on all times, across all servers. I would never send out a status message to everyone on my friends list.

Can anyone out there use the word “tweet” in a sentence without feeling like a total asshat? I can’t.

Sorry this post was so curmudgeony.

Now cut your hair and get off my lawn.