Everyone uses Twitter in a number of ways for many different purposes. I’m different than most people in that I don’t follow hundreds and hundreds of other people; I can’t remember the last time I followed more than 20 people. (I’m at 17 at the moment.) Why? Mainly because when the Tweetie icon in my menubar turns a shade of blue, I only want to be bothered by it if it’s got a tweet written by someone that I actually care about following.
Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks that there should be some value to the people that you choose to stalk over Twitter. TechCrunch this week posted an interview with Dan Rockwell, the creator of a new mobile app called ChumpDump.
It actually turns the process of weeding through your huge list of followers into a game, where it actually lets you earn karma points and vouchers for dumping the “chumps” that you’re following (but letting you designate certain tweeters as “saves,” that is, people that you definitely want to keep following). And of course, you can go to their website to see a map of everyone who’s recently been declared a chump or a save, because tarnishing other people’s reputations is the American way, right?
For me, I think it seems like something very weird, and I personally would not want to publicly “dump” someone from Twitter using something this weird. But that’s Twitter for you, giving everyone their own awkward way to make their mark.