Welcome to the Twitterverse, but Why?


Every other day or so, Twitter sends me a notification that someone has just joined Twitter and that I should welcome them.  I'm not one to ignore a direct order, so I do as they tell me to do (sometimes, and when I'm in the mood).  These people seem to be complete strangers.  They are not people from my address book or from any other networks as far as I can tell. About a third of the time when I look at these new user's profiles or their first tweet, they aren't in english, which is tough, as that's the only language I read.  I guess that begs the question, "Why, Twitter, are you asking me to welcome people to you (would you say you here?), and how do you decide who you want the welcoming committee to be for your new users?"

I have quite a few followers on Twitter, though I don't really know why.  The first year that I had a Twitter account, I opened it up and used it only a handful  of times and the first year of my tweets were something along the lines of, "okay, I guess I should figure out how to use Twitter."  Fast forward a few years, and I'll be honest with you, I still don't really know how to use Twitter. 

I get the basic concepts of composing a tweet, @ replies, and creating lists, but that's about it. I don't use it as a communication medium.  Perhaps is because the people that I generally talk to don't either.  Just about everyone I know has Twitter, but it's not the place I go to talk to them, and clearly it's not the place they go to talk to me. 

Wow, 800 followers. I feel like that deserves a cookie. White chocolate chip macadamia nut with cranberries, please :)
— @rlmo's 1,565th tweet

When I reached 800 followers, I noted it with a tweet.  That seems appropriate, right?  It was my 1,565th tweet, and apparently nobody thought it was worthwhile enough to send me a cookie, which made me sad.

I keep asking people how they came across my name and why they decided to follow me.  I've been asking the same question for four years, and have received only 5 responses in that whole time.  3 people told me that they didn't know they had followed me.  Another said they liked my motto, and the last one just replied with a smiley face.

I'm not going to quit Twitter, but honestly I don't feel like I ever really started it.  I don't use it for much of anything, and especially not as a means of interaction with people.  For now, I'll just continue to welcome new people to Twitter, as that seems to be what they want me to be doing.

On the Twitter:

Follow me on Twitter,  but note that I might ask you why you did so :)

Follow me on Twitter, but note that I might ask you why you did so :)