Whereas FB friends are for the most part someone you know or have actually met at some point in your life, you have probably not met the majority of your twitter followers.
What do you think of that; what makes you choose one platform over the other? If you use both actively, do you use them for different purposes?
What platform do you use most?
If you are active in the blogging world via twitter it provides an opportunity to connect with a larger, much more diverse group. The banter back and forth allows you to get a glimpse of this person and what they are like. The level of engagement can dictate the depth of the online friendship.
What if you walked into a room and most of your followers were there in person? Would your first reaction be ‘whoa, who are all these people and where did they come from’? How many do you think would fit the mental image and persona you have of them?
The twitter format provides the platform to connect on many levels; different nationalities, generations, races, religions, gender, etc. However though, it is a somewhat sanitized connection. You really don’t know how they sound, what they smell like, their social status, etc.
Would this make a difference? What if your best twitter friend was living out of his car and connecting to you from the public library? You finally meet them and can’t even go to their house.
Does any of this even matter; is part of the attraction and safety the one-off relationship it allows?
I’m all in:
Personally, I would like to meet my followers or at least talk with them on the phone. I’m going to put this on my ‘to do’ list; see how many I can meet or talk to this year.
How about you, does this interest you?
@MimiMeridith randomly called me in my early twitter experience and it was such a pleasant surprise; I smiled all day. Just beware if you see an 863# on caller ID this year, it could be the Billy stalker.