Is it just me or is the #FF becoming a bit of a joke?Â Actually I know its not just me because I have read other people’s blogs about it but today kind of felt like the last straw when allllll day and I mean all day our Twitter stream has been full of random #FF tweets.
I don’t have a problem with a genuine #FF where it states a good reason why I should go and start following this new person, I do have a massive problem when there are reams of tweets #FFing the world and cramming as many Twitter accounts into the one tweet as possible.
Oh and just to continue on with my rant there really is nothing worse that someone RTing the tweet that they were #FF’d in!Â And now I sound like an ffing lunatic!
I suppose that one of the reasons I get so angry about it all, apart from the fact it is useless drivel filling up the Twitter stream, is that I probably miss a lot of genuine Follow Fridays because of all this rubbish.Â So on one of the blog posts I read recently, whilst over a year old, they did mention trying to start a #RealFF and I would be interested to hear if anyone has used it, been impressed by it and has found new business or contacts through it?
I have to say until this madness calms down I will not be partaking in the #FF love-in, just not my scene and just adds to the nonsense in my opinion that Twitter is kind of leaning towards, you know the thing I’m talking about, where people RT something just because it’s got their name in it – come on, that’s like showing newspaper clippings to random people in the street just because there happened to be a photo of you in it!
So, is it confirmed that I am definitely a grumpy old woman or is anyone else feeling my pain?Â Answers on a genuine lack of #FF tagged up tweet please
Growing up in the 70s / 80s and the constant words on my school reports were ‘bad spelling, poor concentration’…. luckily the introduction of spell checker solved one issue, the poor concentration I would like to think has improved with age!
So, what is my moan about today?Â Well it’s about the lack of care people/businesses take to spelling these days.Â I received a request today asking if we would be interested in linking to a blog – I am all for link building where appropriate but to be honest the subject of this blog probably wouldn’t have been appropriate for our website, however, the thing that put me off was that there were 6, yes I said 6, spelling mistakes within the first paragraph of the most recent blog post! (since writing this post I have contacted Skippy the blog writer and he has very graciously allowed me to link to his blog – I am sure the mistakes will be corrected by now though!)
I am aware that we all shorten words on Twitter, Facebook and other similar forms of quick communication – to see texts from my 60+ dad that don’t include any vowels is a joy in itself – but surely if you are creating web copy or blog posts then you have the freedom to revert back to normality and structure sentences properly and use correct spelling.Â Or am I alone in this thinking?
Now before you trawl through our web copy or previous blog posts to find a glaring error, I am not for a minute saying we are perfect in any way, but I do use spell check and I do proof read things and I would suggest that the likelihood of finding 6 spelling mistakes within 2 sentences is minimal but I am, as ever, curious to hear people’s opinions on this because I would hate to think I have become old fashioned in my views!
Comments in the Queen’s English gladly received…… that’s i before e except after c, just in case you were wondering!