Something’s been on my mind all day (really for weeks).
I think I have a Twitter stalker. Go ahead and laugh. My blog is public. And my most recent tweets are posted here on my blog so anyone in the world can read them. But checking my blog to read a few tweets at a time is different than having them sent to you via text. Which is what my Twitter stalker could be doing.
A few weeks ago I was looking for bots and spammers amongst my followers so that I could block them. I was on a mission. I just don’t believe that Twitter is a numbers game (the person with the most followers wins) and I didn’t/don’t want spammers following me on principle.
As I was weeding through the followers i found someone who 1) had no picture; 2) no web address; 3) no real world info/description; 4) had no followers; 5) was ONLY following me. I freaked for about a minute and then immediately blocked the account. I tried not to dwell too much on who was behind it. Truth is, a couple of different people came to mind. And dwelling on the idea that it might have been either of them just freaked me out.
I know I could just protect my updates. But I like the fact that Twitter is this open, somewhat wild medium. I like that someone can randomly click on me, decide to follow me for a few days and then change their mind if they’re bored. I think a lot fewer people would do that if I chose to protect my updates. In fact, I’m sure of it. And since some (a small percentage, truthfully) of my Twitter followers become blog readers, cutting down on my followers would be hurting the blog.
So I’m keeping it unprotected for now. For NOW. I think I found the stalker again today. Either that or another stalker altogether. You see, even though I tried not to think too much about it, I’ve been looking for him ever since. This profile had no followers, was following 4 people and was attached to a dummy blog (it was completely blank). The 3 other people he was following seemed completely random. So I blocked him, too.
And now I’m kind of freaked out about it. I’ve kind of accepted the fact that if someone wants to follow me, without my knowing it’s them, it’s easy enough to create duplicate accounts. I just really don’t like the idea that there’s someone from my real life, my flesh and blood life, who isn’t in my life anymore but who’s still “hearing” my voice all day. I just don’t like that one bit.