As seen on Twitter

Tweeted by Merlin Mann of 43Folders:

Accepting a social network’s “friend” request should cost a dime. Even that tiny amount could radically realign the fake web friend economy.

So true. I think it should also cost a dime to follow someone on Twitter just to stop the collectors who ‘follow’ thousands of users. I do not wish to be followed to build someone’s stats. Internet rock stars like Merlin get loads of followers (he has over 10,000!) and it’s expected. But the number he follows? Under 150. A collector’s stats will often be the reverse of that.

Payment plans aside, there should be a rule on following and friending:
Keep it real, relevant, and manageable.

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