I have enabled the “protected” setting on my twitter account. Let me explain why..
First of all if you are a VERY positive person you can assume that I am trying to save twitter and skip the rest of this post.. 🙂 If not here is my main reason:
It wasn’t a lot of time ago when I started using twitter, facebook, youTube and all of this fancy apps that (unfortunately) a lot of people thing that this is the internet..
Before that I used to have a Flickr account and I only uploaded photos that I liked, without including photos with me or other people. Then, when the Apollo Camp was getting ready to start I discover twitter and I loved it from the very 1st minute. I have never used chat, but twitter was a nice way to keep in touch with the Flesh (Flash/Flex) community and it didn’t looked like another chat thing. Then I thought that I could use all the other “web sites” to read interesting stuff and keep in touch with all these guys that are related to the lovely Flash Platform. I opened up a youTube account (I already had one that has more views than my “official” but without my name on it) and I did an account on Facebook and on other “sites”. Right now I kinda hate FaceBook and I don’t use it that much (what’s to use for??). From all of this apps my favorite is by far Twitter (just to answer on PolyGeek’s poll). That’s because I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY, it’s the 1st thing I do after I boot (analogically AND digitally). It’s a way for me to feel more closed to all these wonderful people, Adobes or not and why not, have some help or give some help too if I can. The last days for example I had a lot of help from Cyril and Dan and I thank them a lot!
Just because I use it everyday it is obvious that sometimes I tweet things that I might don’t want to be available to the public timeline (Flex doesn’t have a timeline) and especially to search engines (Google please leave my twitter account and try to use Adobe’s help for swf indexing).
That’s why I protect my tweets from now on. If I don’t allow you to follow me it’s not because I have something against you or I feel something like “persona”, it’s just that twitter is a way for me to keep in touch with people related to my hobby(and my job), people that I might don’t even have met before but it is interesting to talk to (yes, again, people related to the platform). If you are one of them then blame twitter and DEFINITELY sent and me a request!
I still have a lot of public profiles like Flickr, FaceBook, youTube bla bla and I won’t bother making them “private”. All I am doing is keeping my twitter account clean and by clean I mean things that I find interesting. It just doesn’t feel right (to me) to allow my updates to being shown to people that I don’t follow (but they do) especially those with “bad ratio” or people that I DO follow but their updates are just spam for me (sorry for the expression but if you have understood the reason for opening an account on twitter I am sure you will get it). Finally, for the last few days I got one more person, with bad “ratio”, that follows me after every single tweet I make..
There are a lot of people that I do follow and they don’t bother following me back but that’s ok since it’s their account and they can do everything they want. If they decide to go private and don’t allow me to read their tweets (like Keith Peters who I admire), of course that will be sad for me but that’s their call (and if they had a non protected account in the past while you were following them you can keep reading their tweets with twhirl – This is NOT official, it just happens for me).
Again sorry for not following back to you.