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One Down Side of Locked Twitter Accounts

Illustration made on my tablet

Imagine there are four people in a conversation. Three of those people have a conversation history and one of those three people is invisible and muted to the fourth person. That describes a conversation that I was briefly a part of recently. You should try it as an experiment with your family. Discuss something that may be uncomfortable to that fourth person (you).

That means anything the first and second person say is out of context to the fourth person (as the third is invisible and muted). It means one person of the four is getting a partial view of the conversation in real time. I really don’t need to draw a Venn Diagram, it’s a simple description.

People choose to lock their Twitter accounts for any number of reasons. Privacy is the big one. Or simply to create a safe island. But that privacy comes at a high communication cost, especially when people lose the reality that the fourth person isn’t going to see the entire conversation. Only the people that a locked Twitterer has on that private cloistered follower list can see some content.

Which brings the question down hard on whether or not people on Twitter really think it’s worth their while locking down their account. That is, if one generally transgresses conversations outside their follower list.

Perception is a funny thing. Feelings are our Universe. We inhabit entirely different Universes when it comes to the emotional landscape surrounding us. If you use Twitter then maybe this is food for thought.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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