A couple of days ago I wrote about the “mini-blogging” phenomenon of Twitter.

And now I’ve noticed a post by Neil Patel which lists several steps for using Twitter to increase traffic to your site. He says:

Twitter is still in its infancy, but it can still drive hundreds, if not thousands of visitors.

The post is well worth reading in full. The underlying strategy of the steps outlined is to get as many people as you can to “friend” you. I’m still coming to terms with this and am having a challenge with others who want to friend me but don’t reveal anything about themselves in their profile – sometimes just a username which could be that of a robot. Doesn’t this seriously devalue the meaning of the word “friend”?

I admit I’m not comfortable with using “friend” as a verb. What’s wrong with good old “befriend”? Then again, “befriend” seems in my mind some process between people, exchange of ideas, conversation…

“Tag – you’re my friend”?  “Twit – you’re my friend” could be misinterpreted (“who are you calling a twit?”).

But really, making friends is as easy as that? I suppose, as long as you are ok with that rather loose use of the word “friend”.

On the other hand, as Robert Scoble observes in the video linked from my previous post about Twitter , you can easily get rid of names from your list of friends, or “friends”, if you don’t want them there.

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