Decorum

August 11, 2010
Decorum

About this comic

Oh, the new and different rules of new media and tech. I had a ball with this one. Not sure what it means when you laugh at your own comic, but I did, and I don’t care what it means. Enjoy.

27 Responses to Decorum

  1. Darrell says:

    I get it. It’s funny. Who needs a reason. In fact, I’d call it a classic. :)

  2. Sam Prosser says:

    Does this has anything to do with a certain Felicia Day ?
    ;)

  3. Mary Varn says:

    I haven’t unfollowed anyone in a very long time, but I think it’s pettier to get annoyed that someone unfollows you. (The general you, not the Scott you) I don’t like feeling like I’m socially obligated to forever follow someone, or to give them a reason why I’m unfollowing them. And I have no hard feelings if someone unfollows me, especially a complete stranger. Maybe they wanted to see what my comic is all about for a little while and it wasn’t for them, you know? Or maybe my interests are no longer relevant to theirs. I love that twitter is so casual.

    Love the smirk on the guy on the right. :)

  4. Mozleron says:

    If people endlessly tweet about inane daily tasks, they get unfollowed. If famous people get annoying and whiney, they gut unfollowed. If i generally don’t like the stream of whatever it is you’re tweeting, i’ll unfollow.

    I only have so much time in my day, and scanning through dozens of “i walked outside today”, and “It’s raining here, i’m sad” type messages does not fall into my list of things i want to do. I also tend to unfollow people that like to have Text message type conversations via Twitter. Come on people, there are other tools for that kind of thing! It’s even worse when i don’t follow one or more of the participants, and miss some of the context to their replies.

    I really think there are some people out there that are able to do good things with Twitter, and actually have something to say. As for the rest, just use freeking Text messages or IM!

    • veronica says:

      “I also tend to unfollow people that like to have Text message type conversations via Twitter. Come on people, there are other tools for that kind of thing! It’s even worse when i don’t follow one or more of the participants, and miss some of the context to their replies.
      I really think there are some people out there that are able to do good things with Twitter, and actually have something to say. As for the rest, just use freeking Text messages or IM!”

      There’s a setting in Twitter (which is actually now the default) which will prevent you from seeing replies sent to someone you don’t follow. That way, you only see conversations between two people you’re already following, instead of strangers.

  5. Foxlore says:

    There are definitely rules about etiquette for social media that seem to operate on a different level and have not fully evolved. While it might seem horrible and petty to be unfollowed or to unfriend someone without reason or warning, one could also argue that not following or friending all of those that follow you can be equally off putting. For many, social media has become a ‘look who I know’ and ‘look how many know me’ form of status symbolism.

    I think Mary has the right idea and attitude, and like Mozleron everyone will develop their own rules for following and unfollowing. Maybe in a decade or two these rules will become a more socialized standard, but with the rate at which things change, I doubt if people will even be using these services in 10 years. By that time we will all probably have become Borg…. ;-)

  6. Foxlore says:

    Also….I forgot to say. I love the Triforce t-shirt. :-D

  7. chilisqueso_ftw says:

    This is one of life’s self-fulfilling prophecies Scott… the more you take to heart the cold things people do, the more people will unfollow you on twitter. Keep your cool man. Don’t let some punk girl take you down.

  8. Nick says:

    Diggin the Triforce tee. Didn’t get the comic right away, but after a few seconds of thought I giggled – you’re pretty damn awesome, Scott. Keep up the great work!

  9. somedude897321897321 says:

    eeew i hate twitter and facebook they just suck … but nice comic it really shows how stupid twitter user are

  10. MadJo says:

    Be careful, I might just START following you on TwitBookInSpace…

    hmm would that be a business model? Like Coffin Henry from Discworld.
    Give me money or I’ll follow you around on the web.

  11. Tarp says:

    “I haven’t unfollowed anyone in a very long time, but I think it’s pettier to get annoyed that someone unfollows you”

    This.

    Scott has followed then unfollowed people before (as all twitter users have) so I’m pretty sure this isn’t just about the F.Day thing. Sheesh. It’s just a funny look at how seriously people take these social media connections- and how fragile they are.

    Also, triforce shirts are fantastic.

  12. Chris says:

    Hahaha… I second that the smirk on the second guy is awesome. That’s something I would do. Of course 2 minutes later I’d probably be re-following the guy if he was a friend.

    There are the people I have a two-way relationships with on Twitter, people I have conversations with. I would not typically unfollow them without at least some ceremony. Then there are the people I watch (a one-way relationship). I would feel no more guilty for unfollowing one of them than I would unsubscribing from their RSS feed.

  13. tehRealScooterJohnson says:

    So they’re playing cards right? And one guy farts?

  14. Rick Paul says:

    I don’t follow many people, but I had to unfollow Roger Ebert because of the frequency and sometimes the content of his tweets. Not that I think he cares, but there are always reasons to unfollow. I does kinda hurt when it is someone you consider a friend though.

  15. Sara says:

    It’s ok, I laughed too.

    • Herman says:

      Thanks for sharing. On the one hand, I think your repssnoe to mock people is funny as hell. On the other hand, as a professional author (and I hope I don\’t hurt your feelings) I think it\’s unprofessional and I wonder if what you do in repssnoe risks alienating people who could become your allies and readers more so than those that send an automessage. It all comes down to how people view Twitter is it truly a social media tool to get to know people, make friends etc.? Or is it a marketing tool? Because, let\’s face it, most of us who have any following, whether it\’s Twitter or Facebook or wherever, don\’t have true friends (I would consider this group people who know me well, know who I am as a person, my past, my dreams, my family life etc.), we have business relationships that are friendly. This makes for a good research topic, and I thank you for bringing it to the table.

  16. Chuck says:

    Unfollowing someone from Twitter should carry less meaning then unfriending them on Facebook/Myspace. Honestly, people take this stuff way too seriously.

  17. Daarck says:

    I don’t believe this is based on real people or events, ‘cos if it was, and the person was an actual freind, you would just talk to them right? You wouldn’t make a cartoon for everyone to see just for the sake of it. Or is that just me?

    • Mary Varn says:

      I’m with you and Tarp – It’s dangerous to assume that a character’s feelings are exactly those of the cartoonist. And I’m sure it takes more than an unfollower to rile up Scott and his great sense of humor.

      • Imad says:

        Andrew,I think that a friend resqeut online is different from a real friend resqeut in the real world.With Facebook you click a button and you make a friend but would you open your house door and accept a resqeut from a stranger?I believe you are right about that social friend relationship. Most people they want to add friends in their Facebook or Twitter lists just because they want to look they are popular or trusted, but this is wrong!For example check Ferrari Magazine on Twitter. They have 30.000 followers and following only 10! Do they care? Do the followers care?Even if I have almost 500 followers on Twitter, I interact with only 15-20 of them.Thanks for sharing these thoughts!John

  18. Chuck says:

    I just unfollowed @extralife

  19. Hansel says:

    I only follow famous people like Scott Johnson on twitter

  20. AlexC1981 says:

    I see Filicia Day has left a scar on you.

    • Manoj says:

      That really is eye opeinng. Many of my clients have been swept along by the hype believing that social media is the bee all and end all. It has its place but only as part of a carefully crafted plan.This will go some way into showing them that it’s a tool alongside many others.Thanks again Jim

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