an open letter to @jessethanley

CCing @tryarchie

Hi Jesse,

Do you have some bot favouriting tweets for you? Something like @tryarchie?

I did try Archie, and for a while it seemed it was just an empty white screen, spinning away. Eventually i realised what was happening, and before i knew it the application had favourited some 8000 tweets on my behalf.

My bad — i should have read the About section. I left the application running for a while and started getting followers from “nowhere” — i guess some of them were following me after Archie had favourited one of their tweets for me.

I started getting tweets from “randoms” — “thx 4 the fav”, and that sort of thing. I would check out their profile and find we had nothing in common beyond the incidental use of the same #hastag.

When i started getting favourites from you when i tagged my posts #digitalnomad, i thought i was encountering a genuine fellow Australian digital nomad, but i began to see in my notifications that your favourites were appearing on my phone, but disappearing from my web notifications —

you are like a ghost.

I see you have some 16K favourites, and i understand you’re working on Lean Team, so presumably your exploring some automated way of attracting followers to your account.

I am curious about your motives and intentions, because it seems like a kind of phony way to “engage” Twitter users with your account, but you don’t seem to be inherently a phony guy. I don’t know.

Twitter has changed a lot since i was first using it a few years ago, and since then i have become (perhaps inordinately) interested in authenticity — i sincerely feel that being authentic is an important characteristic of being a man.

So if you’re into that sort of thing as well, please let me know where you’re at. I’m sure you’re onto a good thing, but i’m curious about the effect it’s having on Twitter users everywhere — when i started getting those “thx 4 the fave” messages i felt kind of bad that these individuals were engaging with me on a human level as a consequence of some bot i had let loose on their account.

Do you know what i mean?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,

Abhijan

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3 thoughts on “an open letter to @jessethanley

  1. Hey mate,

    Thanks so much for writing this letter.

    I’ve taken everything you’ve written into full consideration, and as such have terminated all active apps that we’re helping me grow my account.

    I have some things I’d like to discuss with you about this in particular, but perhaps we take this to DM?

    Have a fantastic evening!

    • Oh mate, i did not expect this response at all. I just finished writing to you at length in longhand, where i feel most comfortable. I’ll type it up and email it – or let me know the way you want to proceed in this dialogue. I feel i owe you that after taking this online (though i have my reasons for this, which i’ve explained in the letter). It will take about a hundred DMs though 🙂 I’m happy to do it here or over email – or let me know.

    • Hey Jesse,

      I’m not sure if you got my Twitter DM — maybe it got lost. I sent you a letter a few weeks ago and i’d really like to resume this conversation.

      It was a loooooooong letter, i know. I hope you’re just taking your time digesting it and that when the time is right we’ll get back to the convo.

      Cheers mate,

      Abhijan

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