Here also lies an ongoing issue I see repeated over and over with  
regard to all social applications (but especially Twitter) - the  
assumption that how the author uses the tool is how and why everyone  
uses that tool.

ie not all Twitter accounts are used to follow others actively - but  
in somecases autofollow is needed (a business app account using DM's  
to control the app for example - or just a business wanting DM's as a  
way for direct input from customers. Some of these accounts might then  
also use who they follow monitor conversations (but most would likely  
use the wider net of Twitter search)

And not all accounts need to be about outbound updates - some (likely  
many I suspect) are used mostly to follow a few key (for that person)  
accounts - could be friends could just be celebrities.

My point is that the beauty of open, flexible social apps is that  
there is not a "right" way to use them nor do all users have to use  
them in the same way or for the same reasons.

I do not think there should be caps on following (or on unfollowing).  
I know I frequently don't follow anyone back forany days then when I  
have an hour or so go through my new followers and see who if anyone I  
want to follow. Likewise while I occasionally unfollow someone my  
bursts of unfollow activity (rarer) have occurred again when I had  
time and went through who I was following to pare things back a bit.


(now back to my wrestling with Oauth and which API's to use for my new  

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On Aug 11, 2009, at 11:35 AM, Kevin Mesiab <> wrote:

> And here lies the slippery slope.
> On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 8:25 AM, owkaye <> wrote:
> > If users paid due diligence to those they follow and only
> > followed those people who demonstrate some value to them,
> > follower churn would not exist. Period.
> Obviously they won't so maybe it's time to deal with reality
> rather than dreaming of a perfect world.
> Owkaye
> -- 
> Kevin Mesiab
> CEO, Mesiab Labs L.L.C.

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