For those of you who don’t know what Twitter is, there will be a glossary at the end.
I use Twitter very infrequently. I probably post on average once a week and follow only 14 people. Until recently, I had only 18 followers, who had trickled in over the last 6 months or so, and all of whom I knew personally, or was a fan of.
Then, in one brief span of a few hours, these 5 ladies all became followers of me. I have no idea who any of them are, or where they would get my name. I find it curious that they are all female, and all (as far a you can tell from the images) fairly attractive.
So is this some kind of porn-spam thing that we’re going to have to start contending with in yet another Web 2.0 forum?
(BTW, it never occurred to me to go and look at their profiles until right now, and they’ve all been “suspended” and are being “investigated due to suspicious activity.”)
Twitter is an online service that some people call a micro-blog. Once you join, you can write small (140 characters or less) pieces as often as you like. A lot of people use it with their phones, so it can be an on-the-go stream of conscienceness experience for frequent users.
Followers are people who have signed up to see someone else’s Twitter posts. So when they log into Twitter, they see all the most recent posts by only the people they follow. You don’t need anyone’s permission to follow someone, but they are under no obligation to follow you in return.
The Twitter site explains it better, or there’s this cute video: