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In their help center article about Twitter following best practices, the following sentence is explicit:
“Twitter facilitates social networking, but it’s not a social networking website.”
Unlike Facebook which requires you to be friends with me for me to be friends with you, Twitter enables you to follow my tweets without my obligation to follow you.
Because there is no mutuality requirement on Twitter, their failed logic is the site does not promote friendship because it’s not 2-way.
The next paragraph is worse.
If you follow too many people, there’s no way you can keep up with everyone’s updates in your timeline. If you need to communicate with someone but don’t need to see their updates everyday, you don’t have to follow them. Send them an @reply when you need to; it doesn’t require following and your update will appear in the person’s replies tab, so they can reply back.
Thanks, Big Brother.
Rather than telling me who I can or can’t keep up with, how about letting me decide what I can or cannot do? If I want to follow people who choose to not follow me, why is that so wrong? Why can’t I decide which strangers I want to follow, interact with, and befriend?