Twitter is a blunt communication tool, not just because you are limited to the number of characters you can type. It’s blunt because, unless you want to manage multiple Twitter handles (which of course is possible and I’m sure tons of people do it), you have one voice to communicate to a random assortment of people subscribed to your feed.
In actuality (as we all know), it ends up looking more like this:
But at least when I tweet, I don’t think about the spammers who have subscribed to my Twitter feed. They never had any intention of reading my tweets when they subscribed, so good night and good luck to them.
And as far as I’m concerned, the few random-os I have probably aren’t much different. Maybe they subscribed to me on a whim, or saw something I said that they liked, and now, those lucky devils, they get my tweets in their feed. Problem is, I don’t actually know whether they are reading my tweets; there is no feedback loop in Twitter. So as far as I’m concerned, those people aren’t, and for the minority of the random people who do: thank you and have fun.
Then there is the other side of the curve: the people who I [would like to] think are reading my tweets. I don’t know about you, but that’s who I think I’m writing to… to some imaginary person in the middle of that subsection of the curve.
But this means that for everyone to the left of that point, my tweets skew towards being more intimate than they should be. In a way, a majority of Twitter followers are free-riding off the intimacy I have with a small group of my Twitter followers. This must be one of the things that’s so enticing about Twitter. At the same time, I can’t help but feel a little uncomfortable every once in a while when I see someone else's tweet that’s clearly intended for people a standard deviation or so away from me!
What do you think? Who do you Tweet to?