Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In general, I find women much more interesting than men. I like to listen to what they think and feel. Some men I know say that understanding a woman is an emotional roller coaster. If that is really true, you should know that I practically grew up in Hershey Park and I love roller coasters. That makes me the perfect candidate to enjoy the female point of view!
Still, if being a woman was the only criteria for me following someone in Twitter, I'd be following thousands of people. There must be more to my selection process! Here's a breakdown:
Why I Follow Someone In Twitter
I follow someone in Twitter for one or more of the following reasons:
1) They appear to have knowledge in a field that I'm interested in but have no great expertise myself.
2) They write intelligently.
3) They have a link to their blog or some other page which tells me something important about them. Rarely do I ever follow someone who does not have a link in their Twitter profile.
4) They are involved in a business which might benefit my business; e.g., networking, marketing, etc. (Remember, I have a computer business.)
5) They know something about my business - computers, the Internet, web design.
6) They are artistic - a painter, a photographer.
7) They are involved with the legal profession. I once gave oral argument before the Pennsylvania Superior Court - one of a small group of non-lawyers ever permitted to do so - and I find civil law extremely interesting.
8) The person is in the TV media. They might be a reporter, an anchor, a weather person, or traffic. When I lived in Pennsylvania, I was close friends with a TV weatherman, a television producer and an anchor. Perhaps because there is so much electronics involved, this is just another area I find fasinating.
9) They speak a foreign language which I wouldn't mind learning or at least would like to be able to translate.
10) They openingly acknowledge their faith. Their beliefs may not be the same as mine but I can gleen from their Tweets that they have great hearts primarily because of their grounding in faith.
Why I Don't Follow Someone or I Unfollow Someone In Twitter
1) They use the "F" word. I can hear that everyday in places that I have to be; I'm not interested in hearing it in places I choose to be.
2) They are high school or college students whose only messages in Twitter involve how drunk they were last night or how much their hangover is going to affect their partying today.
3) They have thousands of people following them but only follow a few people themselves. I have made one or two exceptions to this rule but that's because there were compelling reasons to follow the person in question.
4) They continually issue politically-biased messages. I don't mind someone having a political view but I do have a problem with political mud-slinging.
If I'm following you in Twitter, did you find yourself somewhere in my list of reasons? I hope so. If not, let me know and I'll reevaluate why I'm following you! LOL
I continue to use Windows 7 in a production environment - something which Microsoft discourages, of course. However, I wanted to put this new version of Windows under an everyday trial using it as a "workhorse" in my business. So, I loaded it up on a notebook which I carry to every customer's home. I've been using it test their Internet connections when their own computer can't get online; I've demonstrated various activities on it for my clients; and, I'm using it to check in remotely with the main computer in my shop.