UPDATE, 5/11 – Thanks for the visits. Sadly, comments on this post are bollixed. I can only add them via my dashboard. Who the hell knows why, maybe Botta has hackers on payroll or something.* Please click here if you’ve got something to say – I actually AM interested!
* No, of course he doesn’t.
Twitter is a reality unto itself.
Dip into anyone’s follow list, and you’re likely to see a decent variety of folks. To take a for-instance, my follow list holds a few political bloggers, a few humorists, more than a few hockey writers, and many of my blogfriends.
Does this mean that I have a wide cross-section of cultural, political, and social thought in the timeline? That’s a entirely different kind of question, altogether.
With only sixty people on my follow list, I’m not going to get too much depth and breadth of human thought on any topic. But I don’t think it’s necessarily limited, inasmuch as I follow people for all sorts of different reasons. When the hockey folk retweet, for example, I’m likely to get links to all sorts of things I disagree with. Well, I read them, and think about them. Other people more inclined to advocacy of any kind sometimes tweet things they disagree with themselves, or a link to their own rebuttal (leading one to check what the original said). And half my follows couldn’t give a rat’s rumpus about hockey or whatnot.
In the end, I think I get a reasonable variety; no more or less than if I hung out all day at Starbucks. (But if I was on Twitter that whole time… hmmmmmmm…….)
This calculus changes when you get to those who follow you, however, and that’s the topic of this post.
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