We are in the process of transitioning our Twitter stream from the old Boles Blogs account to the newer and shinier @DavidBoles account. The reason we’re making the big switch is to provide more impulsive and reactive updates to our hive mind that won’t rely on a formal blog post for propagation.
By moving the Twitter stream to — @DavidBoles — there is a little more freedom to discuss the world without the feeling that we’re unfairly trading on those who only wanted blog post updates. Now the world is a free-for-all — and we’re finally, and gladly, joining the center of that social networking tsunami. Twitter, I surrender!
So far, things are going well and we’ve had lots of offers to help spread the word. We appreciate you following us, too!
As we continue to propel our best interests deeper into the social mesh, it becomes important to get verified on Twitter. Facebook now offers “verification” too — but Twitter is the first kingmaker of social memes — and so the new focus is on getting the @DavidBoles account verified.
I realize some believe it is uncouth to ask for help getting a Twitter account verified, but as my good friend John Faulkner told me a long time ago, “You can’t get a ‘yes’ if you don’t ask” — and that has been my guiding philosophy for the last 30 years: Always ask. “Yes” is hard. “No” is easy.
I know Twitter refuses “outside” requests to put a “verified” stamp on an account, and even knowing someone who works at Twitter will only get you a boilerplate reply that outside requests are not accepted for verified account status — so you’re left in the twist of this evil swirl of uncertainty and conundrums where nothing is possible but everything is available for the select few.
That sort of social striation on human networks has always been a disappointment, but a hard reality, in the race to be heard and noticed and followed.
The one horror for me in moving the Boles Blogs updates over to @DavidBoles was that we were a unique lone wolf on Boles Blogs, but on @DavidBoles we have at least ten, YES 10!, other “David Boles” accounts on Twitter competing for attention.
Here’s the second page of “David Boles” on Twitter.
Yes, I know some of those accounts are inactive or even empty, but I still think it’s confusing for those doing a Twitter search for The One & Only! Ha! Don’t believe me, let the Wayback Machine push you to 1996! Harr!
I understanding getting Twitter to christen you, and your lifetime of work, with their verification stamp is not the most important First World Problem — but it does matter in the mighty scheme of memes — and if you are able to help get @DavidBoles verified, we’d be forever yours.