A broad spectrum of tech blogs have flapped this week over the Twitter recommended users list, prompted by a $120,000 offer by Jason Calacanis to get on it.
Those against the list argue that it’s unfair, and unjustly gives priority to some users rather than others. Even Twitter investor Fred Wilson thinks it should be done better.
Here’s the problem: the presumption is made on the false belief that what you think matters to Twitter. It doesn’t.
Twitter joins a long list of companies that virtually c*^k suck the A-list and others they think will get them ahead than actually really care about what 99.99% of the rest of their users think. FriendFeed has been recommending A-listers since it launched, many who never use the service. Despite regular protests by users, they’ve never changed it. Why? because they don’t give a shit about you either.
Pick your service. RSS Readers and web desktops add TechCrunch as a standard feed to curry favor with Michael Arrington, who recently found God in Hawaii. They don’t recommend your site because you don’t matter to them, and they don’t care about you either.
Is it fair? they don’t care!
I’m sympathetic to the complaints to a point, but complaining does nothing with most of the these companies because they know in the most that you’re not going to stop using them, so you don’t count…you don’t matter.
Want to rage against the machine and change the system? good luck, most people are apathetic and couldn’t care less. The only way to change things if you feel strongly enough is to start your own startup and promise to do it better.