Silly Lists, Silly Games

This evening, my attention was drawn to the fact that I wasn’t on the twitter grader “Twitter Elite in London” list.

Oh Noes! Wot a calamitee!

So I checked out my location setting and found it to be “London, UK” – it’s a free-form text box so you can, and I did, temporarily, change it to “Up My Own Arse” if you like, but there isn’t a list for “Twitter Elite Up My Own Arse”… yet.

Changing it to London, slipped me quickly into the list at #12 although since others have noticed the same thing and changed their locations, who knows where I’d be? Hey it gave me another opportunity for cheap sexual innuendo. I’ve now put it back to what it was, simply because I think it’s more accurate and useful. Take a look at the disambiguation page for just London.

These lists *are* silly, the games we play with them, once we’ve noticed them, are just games. Is there anything here other than vanity and the fleeting fun of gaming a system by tweaking it’s parameters? Well scroll down a bit and you’ll see that this list is just a way of grabbing attention in order to point people at the services of Hubspot and “inbound marketing”, ie SEO specialist. It’s us, our vanity, our envy, our play, being used for someone else’s marketing campaign. No thanks. Unfollowing @grader (though I understand that doesn’t stop me being included in the lists)

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3 thoughts on “Silly Lists, Silly Games”

  1. Well said. Be careful what you say though, there may well be followers across the twittersphere changing their location in true Life-of-Brian style to “Up My Own Arse”

  2. Agree mostly with what you’ve said.

    I found out I was in it by someone else twittering that they were in. At the time I questioned the validity of the list as people like yourself and @sizemore & other Londoners I know, weren’t on it & both of you Twitter lots more & have lots more followers than me (if that’s what “eliteness” is measured by).

    http://twitter.com/anniemole/status/1029227155

    After that I noticed a number of people as you say playing around with the settings to get themselves included or at least seeing where they ranked – which as you say is based on vanity or fun.

    But the vast majority of social media and life in general works on vanity & we’d be slightly naive to think it isn’t.

    Why do most people blog? If it’s not for money (which is certainly ain’t for the UK) it’s to share thoughts with others & make those thoughts & yourself public. Anyone who does that feels that what they’ve got to say is important and others might find it interesting too. It’s setting yourself amongst people who don’t do that and that’s vanity. Having badges that say you’re the XX’th member of an “elite” group is also vanity if you take it to its logical (or possibly extreme) conclusion, which makes both me and you vain.

    Vanity isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if vanity gives you a pride in your work and what you stand for. Gaming isn’t a bad thing if it gets you to engage with something you might not have done beforehand & gives you some form of fun.

  3. The irony of your post, of course, is that the moment you’ve read it – you have to go and look. Since I remain, quite cheerfully, Up My Own Arse, I am not on the list and I don’t really care.

    I tweak TwitterGrader occasionally – I think we all do – but it’s out of amusement and curiosity rather than any need for reassurance or validation. In the UK, we know who we are, what we do, where we fit, who we’d go to… I’m not sure any of us need a number.

    I’m with Annie – it’s some form of fun :)

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