Trying to keep track of people who really do deserve mentions is time consuming. Thanking everyone is time consuming. Yes, I know that sounds HUGELY ungrateful. I really do appreciate people who take a moment to give me a shout out. Seriously, thank you to everyone who has ever name dropped for me. I hope to have given equal reciprocation.
My problem isn't with the practice itself. It's with what it has become en masse. I tend not to read Twitter closely on Fridays because frankly, it's just an endless stream of account name listings from everyone else on my list.
Visual clutter, ya know?
And really, even though I am NOT a fan of that new activity tab on Twitter, it makes the practice even more redundant.
I've had a few people ask me for my Twitter account name, and I've said, "Oh, don't bother. I promote and I hashtag like mad. It'll just annoy you."
I think that makes for a rather boring Twitter account.
So, I quit. I simply must make my time more productive, in the writing sense. I hope that doesn't sound snubbish to anyone. It's only a self-preservation thing.
Now, I don't intend to totally ignore the people who have kindly recommended me on a weekly basis. What I shall do is this: Compile a Twitter list of people I would recommend to others. On Wednesdays and Fridays, I'm simply going to tweet once. One link to my list, with appropriate hashtags. And those of you who are the lovely chronic recommenders, please know that while I probably won't be sending out ten thank you tweets, you will definitely be on that list of awesomeness.
This is my gift to you, my Twittering peeps. I give you ... one less giant digital burp of recommendation clutter.