This column was originally written by an anonymous source on The eFed Truth, which no longer seems to be active. It is here for archival purposes.
I have no doubt that the column that I’m about to write is going to generate some sort of controversy because in spite of my opinion on this subject, Twitter is all the rave in e-wrestling these days.
I can understand why. It’s simple to use. You don’t need to put too much of an effort into it. That being said, it’s a simple way to promote your product whether it’s a fed or an e-wrestling website. I have no problems if that is what Twitter is being used for because over the years, people have used numerous methods to try and promote their products. Back in the day, it was things like Geocities and MSN/AOL chat groups. Social media came into the fold and people would promote their products on MySpace and YouTube. Eventually, MySpace fell out of favor with e-fedders (and the general public for that matter) and Facebook took over. Now, it’s Twitter that’s all the rage in e-wrestling for the reasons I listed above. As previously stated, I have no problem with people using Twitter to promote something.
But what about those that use Twitter for anything else?
Do you have a Twitter for your character to promote the character or whatever angle he is in? If so, it’s not something that I would condone, but at the very least, it’s something reasonable. For you kids out there, back in the day, we used to have two things feds hardly use anymore: a challenge/call out forum, and a non-match roleplaying forum. Both forums were effective in pushing a character or an angle and it’s a shame that both of those things have given way to Twitter in that aspect because at least with those two forums, it would be far easier for a fed owner and his staff to keep track of. Twitter, being a disorganized mess, makes it harder for a fed owner to keep track of any angles being built up. The reason why this aspect of Twitter is poison to e-wrestling? Any activity that would normally take place on your fed’s forum, instead takes place on Twitter. Remember, not every single e-fedder in the world uses Twitter and prospective members want to see FORUM ACTIVITY! Forum activity is one of the last things you want to lose as a fed and if an entire fed is on Twitter 24/7 at the expense of forum activity, prospective members can and will be driven away.
Unfortunately, it does not stop there. I’m not even going to get into the “drama” that takes place on Twitter because I’ll be writing this column all night. I’ll be fair and point out that I don’t have a Twitter page, personal or e-wrestling. I have, however, taken the time over the last week or so to observe quite a number of character Twitters and for the most part, I am disgusted by what I see. I’ll even list some of the biggest blunders people are committing on Twitter with their characters.
#1 – The OOC Hashtag
Short and sweet, don’t you people have your own, personal Twitter? Are people so lazy these days that they can’t take a few seconds out of their time to log out of one Twitter and into the other?
#2 – A heavy amount of Tweets are not even related to the company the character is in, or even the sport of professional wrestling.
If you’re not promoting an angle your character is in (reminder: I’m not a fan of doing this on Twitter because it detracts from FORUM ACTIVITY), or even the company your character is in, then what purpose does the Tweet serve? It doesn’t serve any purpose in an e-wrestling context. If you want to do a non-wrestling/non-fed related work in an e-fedding context, then fine. Isn’t that what a non-match roleplaying section is supposed to be about in the first place? It’s even worse when a few Twitters break reality.
#3 – Incorporating useless, common trends into the character’s Twitter page.
#FF (Follow Friday) is fine because you’re promoting your fed/fellow roster members and you want your fed to have as much publicity as possible. Other things however, are just atrocious. Here’s two examples: #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday). Someone tell me how your character talking about a “woman crush” is productive? The other example: #SexySaturday. So you do a Google image search for the “hottest picture” of your character’s picture base and you post it with that hashtag? One word question, why? At this point, your character’s Twitter page turns from a Twitter for an e-wrestling character to a Twitter fan page for your character’s picture base.
I’m almost positive the counter for all of this from many of this column’s detractors will in all likelihood, be that it’s “fun” and that it’s what e-wrestling should be about. Now of course, e-wrestling should be about fun, that’s nothing that I’ll ever question. But at what point does “fun” become “nonsense”? I’m also positive that most e-fedders on Twitter don’t take into account how much time per day they spend just firing up tweets for every silly little thing. Trust me, it’s a lot more time than you would think. I pose the same question as I did in my “Good, Okay, Ugly” column from a few days back. Don’t you people have lives? Furthermore, I’m almost positive that a good portion of those that are on Twitter for hours upon hours a day turn around and no-show or post a “half-ass” roleplay” and make some baseless excuse. Rough week at work? Final exams? Tough luck, but all those wasted hours on Twitter during your time of crisis should have been spent on roleplaying and increasing forum activity.
To sum everything up, Twitter is poison to e-wrestling because it’s a large waste of time if it’s misused (and it’s heavily misused from what I’ve observed) and because it takes an e-fedder’s time away from the things in an e-fed that are TRULY important: roleplaying, forum activity, OOC participation, among other things. That’s without mentioning the dramatic cesspool it can be, but I’m not even going to touch that aspect of it.
Personally, and I realize it might take a long time, I can’t wait for the Twitter fad to die out. Perhaps then, everyone will focus on what’s truly important in e-wrestling and not creating a cheap, nonsensical theatre on Twitter.