Do you only speak to people who drive a certain class/brand of car? Do you only listen to people who vacation in places like Nantucket and/or Capri? Would you never be caught dead communicating with someone who shops at a discount outlet? Do you think executive cafeterias in the auto industry are a good idea? If so, I would like to introduce you to Seesmic Founder and CEO, Loic Le Meur. You guys are going to love each other.
In a recent blog post, Le Meur asks Twitter to add a feature that allows him to filter tweets based on authority. In other words, if you are a lowly worm because you don’t have tens of thousands of followers, Le Meur would like to have you filtered out. He prefer to only hear from and then respond to the loud, big birds in the Twittersphere.
Are you shitting me? If there is one thing I can’t tolerate, it is elitism. Le Meur is a screaming elitist wearing a While H. Huntsman suit, standing next to his Bugatti Veyron car, drinking his $1,000+ bottle of Pétrus French wine with a silicon-dripping bimbo on his arm right next to his Zadora watch. I didn’t realize France had its own version of Shallow Hal.
This self-anointed Napoleon of the Web 2.0 Revolution needs to get a grip. If Le Meur doesn’t want to be bothered by Twitter gnats as he sees them, then he shouldn’t follow 15,382 of them to begin with. Clearly much of his self-esteem is being driven by his Twitter numbers. What Napoleon (Dynamite) doesn’t realize is that tweeps with few followers can be just as interesting — and, in many cases — even more interesting than the Twitter elite. I find the less people have in life, the more interesting they are. I suggest Le Meur find an old person working minimum wage and sit down to talk to them. Although he would find this conversation a waste of time, the rest of us would find their perspective riveting. While at it, Le Meur should take a play out of Pistachio’s playbook. She maintains an active and engaging Twitter dialogue with anyone, and remains one of the most followed, real people in the Twittersphere. It’s good to see the dink appears to stand alone as the bulk of the blogosphere elite appears to disagree with Le Meur.
Acquiescing to the “size doesn’t matter” philosophy would do wonders for Le Meur. I suggest he stop running around searching for big dicks like himself and enjoy a little anonymous tweet. It would be liberating.
I think we gnats should start a boycott of Le Meur and stop following him? It could end up being the biggest coup d’état the Twittersphere has ever seen. I just unfollowed him. Are you with me?