My cheeks are flushed with anger and indignation as I type. I just got into it on twitter with MPR’s Bob Collins, someone I had long admired. In fact, just last week I was talking with Sister #2 about how much I liked Collins.
And then I send one, what I thought of as innocent, comment and his response is “Unfollow plz.” My crime? Allegedly, imposing rules on how people should use Twitter. The fact that Collins extrapolated all that from 140 characters about how when I see people who tweet a lot right in a row my first reaction is “get a blog.”
Do I tell these people to get a blog? No. Do I tell them to use Twitter the best way I see fit? No. Do I think they should get a blog? Yes.
I am so angry.
It’s so disillusioning to be treated so poorly by someone you admire, whose work you have enjoyed.
What really pisses me off is that at a time where every writer is vying for a reader, any reader, Collins told me to stop reading him. “Unfollow plz.” That reaction would be understandable if I were one of those people who was incessantly arguing with him about his writing, or haranguing him about the topics he covered. Afterall, I’m a big proponent of the if you don’t like it don’t read it, watch it, listen to it policy. But that wasn’t the case at all. I was actually agreeing with his point, even if he didn’t see it that way. And his first, knee-jerk reaction is to tell me to stop reading him. Not knowing anything about me, not knowing where I was coming from, what my point of view was, or even seemingly entertaining the notion that maybe he was over-reacting. . . “Unfollow plz.”
Wow. I had no idea social media could be so damaging to writers, especially when they actively ask readers to stop reading them based on one interaction.
I remember awhile back Aaron Landry had a dust-up with Collins. I can’t remember specifically what it was about (it might have been a year or two ago) but I distinctly remember thinking, “Man, I can’t believe that. Bob Collins rules.”