Friday, November 19, 2010

#FollowFriday: Jermichael Finley


Because I still try to use Twitter as little as possible, I'm not even sure if this Follow Friday phenomenon is even still a thing, but I'm going to bring the feature back to The Bucky Channel. We did this a few times before our temporary hiatus back in February, and we're going to start it up again. Basically the quick post is just a suggestion for someone that you should follow on Twitter, a site that seems to get more and more popular the more and I more dislike it.

Anyway, this week's #FollowFriday suggestion goes out to none other than Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, you can find him @JermichaelF88. Actually, this suggestion could go out to any athlete, but I've always liked Finley so let's give him the nod. I think the thing that I hate the most about Twitter is that it gives people a false sense of connection to their favorite athletes, movie stars, what have you. 

You see, when you follow someone on Twitter, automatically you are connected to them because you get to see their constant updates. If they follow you back, well then you guys are one step away from being best friends. The lamest thing that I've seen on Twitter is when people use the @ feature to get the attention of someone that would never talk to them under normal circumstances. For instance, if I were to put @JermichaelF88 in my tweet, he would get a notification that I mentioned him. I've seen a lot of people do this to congratulate athletes after good performances, and in rare cases the athlete or whomever will thank you back, but more often than not this practice comes off as a desperate plea to make people think you are more important than you really are.

Maybe you can chalk this up to me being a bitter blogger, old-fashioned in my believes where I still think Twitter is a waste of time. Kind of hypocritical, sure, since there is a "Follow me on Twitter" link on my blog. Whether you like Twitter or not, I don't care, I personally think it's dumb. I am on Twitter though to help promote the blog, sometimes you gotta sell out a little bit. All that I'm saying here is that when you try to get the attention of someone like Jermichael Finley over Twitter, it comes off looking stupid.

Happy Tweeting.

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