I watched this video from @perrybelcher on the concept of the “Twitter Snob.” It’s a pretty simple thing. There are some people out there with tens of thousands of followers who themselves follow a small handful. This is like going to a cocktail party and leading people around like a momma duck and never turning back to see who’s there.
This is in contrast to someone like Guy Kawasaki who is followed by around 30,000 people and in turn follows about 30,000 people.
There’s another type of Twitter snobbery I’ve observed as well. This type of snobbery is displayed by people who consistently ignore, and do not respond to, @replies sent their way. These people typically only interact with a tiny group of people and ignore the rest. This is as snobbish, I think, as the type of Twitter snob described by @perryblacher.
Obviously, you can’t respond to every single message that comes your way on Twitter and some @replies simply don’t warrant a response. However, there are people out there who ignore it all. Using the cocktail part analogy, this would be like someone staring you down in silence after you said hello.
I occasionally get some messages through Twitter that make no sense to me. When those arrive I try to reach out and come up with the most polite version of “what?” I can think of. One time this exchange actually revealed that someone really liked my avatar and just had an odd way of expressing himself in his first message. By not being a Witter snob I opened myself up to a cool exchange with a new friend.