In Twitter the nice lady Ann asked if there was a “confused and multi-layered animal” in the Zoo or something similar to that. Got me thinking there must be. And Of Course! The Chameleon has its given place in the Twitter Zoo. The Chameleon sits quietly observing every movement. Its eyes can even be moved separately. It can show itself in many colors but is very discreet. But all of a sudden it strikes out. The fly had no chance of survival when the Chameleon’s tounge lashed out as a lightning!
A Chameleon = A Tweeter that is very quiet but can change character very quickly. Will follow or not. Chances are that you will not notice that it is a Chameleon until it is too late to react. Learn to expect the unexpected in here.
Seems also that Twitter is being somewhat divided into a “Happy half” and a “Unhappy” half according to recent research done by Cornell. Here a link to New Scientist that mention this. So we need to have a Happy and an Unhappy animal here too to reflect this.
First we have to find an Unhappy animal. This is a bit hard but after a while I came up with a slightly stubborn animal that in a certain children’s story is a clear image of a cloudy mind. We are talking about the Donkey in some books referred to as “Eeyore”. “Eeyore” never bites back but regular Donkeys just might if they feel cornered.
A Donkey = A Tweeter that is predominantly Negative in Tweets and speaks negatively on people, things and even themselves. Sometimes a Donkey might follow you but you might think twice about following them back. If you are somewhat a Donkey yourself. It seems like Donkeys like each other.
The Happy animal was not so hard to find. Imagine a playful creature that like to dive, swim and even slide through the snow or play hide and seek in the Kelp – yes the Otter! The Otter will jump happily into any conversation, spontaneously say “what, what, what” (this is the authentic sound of a real otter), cheerfully put one of two smileys out there and dive along to a new meeting or fish to feast on.
An Ottter = A predominantly Positive Tweeter that are only too happy to make conversation and likes to spread cheer around. Will probably follow and is a dream to follow back.
But there is more and new addition to our Zoo. We have to introduce you to the Rabbit! We know what a rabbit is and what a Rabbit makes, right? More Rabbits! The Rabbit does just that, adds accounts by the hour – nobody knows how many accounts and single Rabbit might have created. At least six I would guess, and counting. The Rabbit also wants to create a huge number of followers, using other Rabbits to manage that. The Rabbit is always in a hurry, but feels running late as the Rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland”. The Rabbit is known to even retweet himself in order to save time. Will follow only to get a follow back.
A Rabbit = A Tweeter that is splitting himself onto several accounts to be everywhere but the result is being nowhere. Not so interesting to follow back perhaps?
Then we have the complexity of the Badger. As the Badger’s face is black and white the Badger sees other Tweeters as either black or white too. Good Guys or Bad Guys. As the Badger is scared of being had (only coming out at night) for a ride the Badger is restricting his Tweets, that s not letting just anybody follow him. You have to apply and wait for the Badger to accept you. He may or may not. The Badger wants to keep in control and feel that in Twitter that is hard. The Badger is very protective and feels that someone is always trying to steal something or stalking the Badger.
A Badger = A Tweeter that protects his Tweets. If you manage to make the Badger believe that you are one of the White he might follow back or let you follow. The general feeling is of course – why bother with someone who does not trust you and is not very interested in you either? Badgers are just too boring.
The next Twitter animal is not boring. Welcome the Cobra. There is not an animal faster than this one. It strikes faster than a lightning, following you. Then, just as fast, he decides to unfollow you before you even had the time to react to the follow. The Cobra is gone already, left you there to die slowly never really knowing what hit you. The general rule of waiting four days before unfollow someone you follow and want to follow you back is wasted on the Cobra. The Cobra is out to get a new victim.
A Cobra = A Tweeter that follows you and then unfollows you too quickly. Just try to ignore the Cobra and let it slither away!
So there – a couple of new additions to the Twitter Zoo.
We have already seen animals in the posts before – check them out too! And come up with new animals!