I Ain’t Buying What You’re Selling

BricksI’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but today was another great day. Nothing out of the ordinary happened, but things were nice and calm around here, the kids were busy reading Harry Potter and playing outside while Gidget worked on their homeschool website and I trudged away clearing task after task that piled up on my desk over the weekend.

While the day was quite good, I cannot say the same for some of the people that I encountered throughout it. As you know I finished that project last week. Now I want payment for services rendered. Payment I am still waiting for. That’s what I get for allowing the launch of a site before receiving final payment. I think he’s good for it, so I am not too worried about it, but it’s not like you can go to the grocery store, the electronics store, or the tailor and walk-out with merchandise you didn’t pay for. Well, you can, but it’s not right. At least now I know how to handle situations like this in the future. You want work done? You pay a 50% deposit on the work to be completed and the rest, in full, before the site is turned over to you. Nice policy huh?

So, while I was working on another (smaller) project this afternoon, I started checking my followers on Twitter, following people I have long neglected, and blocking people that are on Twitter to do nothing more than sell me something. Believe me, if you are on Twitter solely to sell me a product, I don’t care, and I will not follow you. Not only that, I will also block you.

I got carried away with other things during the evening, but I left the tabs open in my browser so I would remember to finish going through the list. After I finished trimming the obvious spammers from my lists, I was sitting on the couch watching TV and I received two direct messages.

One read, “Thanks for following. If you are into blah, blah, blah, tech, blah, blah, geeky, blah let me know. I also blah blah blah blah blah, love and need feedback. Check it out: URL TO SITE”

The second one read, “Thx for Following! Do you blah blah bah? Would you blah blah blah blah if it was a better deal? URL TO SITE”

WTF? Remember, these people followed me first. It’s not like I pursued them to hear their marketing crap anyway. And what the hell is a “marketing prodigy” anyway? Are you frickin’ nuts? Do you really think I care that you have a time share, or that you produce films? Do you really think I am going to book my next flight with your company because you sent me a direct message on Twitter? Hell no. If your staff is half as annoying as you are, the hell if I will ever do business with you.

Twitter used to be fun. In the early days nobody took Twitter seriously. As far as I can tell, it’s the IRC of this decade. Plain and simple. There really isn’t much more to be said about it. You may meet some nice people, discover some real assholes, or just spend your time there laughing your ass that people take it so seriously now, but it’s not going to change your life (well, unless you invested money in a business based on Twitter, then you’re screwed).

don’t care what anyone says about making sales on Twitter or building their business on Twitter. No one is on Twitter to buy ANYTHING. It seems, however, that almost everyone is on there to sell something.