Unintentional Qwitter Effect
I wrote about my dislike of Qwitter and the negative impact I felt it could have on the Twitter community over at Louis Gray’s blog the other day. Excerpt:
What Qwitter has done with this unnecessary “service” (and I use that term loosely) is turn a very mundane, passive act that usually reflects more on a person’s available time than a follower’s actions into an act of aggression with some seemingly dubious “reason” behind it. I can see this turning ugly, as friends who discover that friends sometimes unfollow them take it personally. This means instead of realizing that on Twitter you can go back and forth with a kind of ebb and flow as needed, those with hurt feelings from being unfollowed proceed to email demanding logic, reasons, and possibly even threatening retaliation or repercussions. Qwitter feeds insecurity and neuroses by making something simple into some kind of seeming failure or insult.
You can read the full write up directly on Louis Gray’s site. Why revisit Qwitter today? Because of some unintended developments surrounding the service.
Several people have commented around the internet on Twitter, FriendFeed and in the comments of various blog posts that after trying Qwitter and discovering they don’t enjoy the negativite feeling that comes from knowin the names of those who have unfollowed you they have tried to unsubscribe from the service, unsucessfully. I’d be interested toi know if this a bug that is being looked at, as being offered a hassle-free, working way to leave a service is a key feature.
Personally, I tried Qwitter to write the article and have noticed an unintended side effect that would almost be beneficial if it weren’t for the other problems inherent in the service. That is that less than moral internet marketers who follow you for the purpose of having the follow notice email sent to you to draw users to their profiles and then possibly to their site or product they are pimping are now busted with Qwitter’s immediate notification of the resulting unfollow that usually happens. After all, they didn’t want to make a connection with you, they just wanted to draw your eyeballs their way for a moment.
What do you think, readers? Is that busting of the Twitter spammers worth the hurt feelings of Qwitter?