"Following Back"--Communication**


I've been playing a game of communication on Twitter since May 2009. Twitter started March 2006. While I
am not really an old timer, I've been there a long time for Twitter! Twitter is awesomely designed for broad

Twitter's rules are set up to encourage expanding your base of  “Followers”. “Followers” are people that
may see message you post. On Twitter it is easier to gather more followers than any other social network.

For very basic data on Twitter see: See "
How to Start and Grow Twitter" and "Twitter Abbreviations"

There are a couple reasons I say this. First you can follow anyone. They don't have to follow back. If they
don't follow back, you are listening to them, reading their posts but they aren't listening to you or reading
your posts.

The second reason is you are not limited as to how many you can follow or have following you. Twitter does
have rules as to how fast you can accomplish this but, within their rules, over a period of time, it is really

Facebook is limited to 5,000 and you can't just ask anyone to be a friend. Facebook considers that spam.
You can have a fan page but so far I haven't figured out how to get 40,000 fans. I haven't worked at it hard

Plaxo allows you to connect with friends of friends but they limit you to about 1000 connections. Update on
Plaxo is they have ended your ability to post messages and is not just an address book application. I don't
use it.

There are many other social networks. I am sure there are others that will allow expansion. But I haven't
found any as simple as Twitter!


Communication is a two way flow of ideas between one point and another; between a person and another
or a group and a person, etc. But the important thing to notice is that communication is an “in” and “out”
flow, not just “out” or just “in”!

For example, do you continue to listen to someone that refuses to listen to you? Usually you will not.

If you want someone to listen, is it only fair that you listen to them sometimes. Is that correct?

There are some sources of information that simply broadcast data, information. That would be a new
channel or a government issuing orders. Even Television news channels, newspapers accept editorials.
Editorials would be similar to mentioning someone on Twitter. It's limited. By mentioning, I mean to add the
“@” in front of someone's Twitter name like @Poet_Carl_Watts. See "
How to Start and Grow Twitter"

A social network is not a news broadcast environment. The very word “social” involves others, society.
“Networking” is not blind advertising, a one way flow of information that they hope someone will give
attention to.

Not Listening to Others is Bad Manners!

Not listening to someone is telling them: You are not important. What you have to say is not important! I do
not have the time to listen to you. What you have to say is a waste of my time. I'm more important, already
know it all. It is remarkably like how congress treats the public after elections!

By not following back, you are failing to grant importance to your fellow men and women.

Following back is showing respect and is good manners.

There are people I do not follow back because of their offensive actions and characteristics. Even an
offensive picture is enough. I don't need ugliness or insanity or bad manners added to my day.

If you're a celebrity, how safe do you feel it is to ignore the people that helped make you a celebrity?
Eventually you will cease to be a loved celebrity. Go out of communication with your public and you're
career will be going down!


My purpose on Twitter is to spread truth, knowledge, alerts, protect freedom, give hope! All this requires
communication, open two way communication. I've given more data on my purpose here:
New Civilization

Help mankind survive by opening up your communication lines to the rest of the world. By doing this, you will
help set a good example for others to also open their communication lines. It's good manners!

Men and women in good communication do not war and kill each other, they are friends!

Your refusal to listen to others is cutting the aliveness that you experience when you communicate.

So if you wish me to follow you, hit that follow button. I normally will follow almost all people back.

Normally, people follow more than they are followed. Twitter is a live group. Constantly changing.

You are as alive as you can and do communicate. The dead rarely communicate.

I want #AwesomeTeam alive! See "#AwesomeTeam Defined".

If you have just gotten behind and it's difficult to catch up, there is software you can use to catch yourself up
on follow back all your followers. For information read
Twitter Advanced tips. Click here.

If you have found this helpful, don't be shy, hit the donate button.

Key to all this is an internet not controlled by government or a few corporations. Support
www.SaveTheInternet.com and Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org

Carl Watts on Twitter as: http://twitter.com/Poet_Carl_Watts   On Facebook: http://www.facebook.
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