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  1. A truth of Asymmetric Follow: On sadness, fans and fantasy http://bit.ly/GcG3x
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  2. A truth of Asymmetric Follow: On sadness, fans and fantasy http://bit.ly/3d0nkP tip @techmeme
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  3. How long before we get the tweet:
    @monkchips: Auto-unfollow bot: Reply to this within 24 hours or you will be automatically unsubscribed.

  4. @solobasssteve Did you spot that you’ve been quoted here: http://tinyurl.com/d3cxmo ?
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  5. A truth of Asymmetric Follow: On sadness, fans and fantasy: Twitter / RedmonkA truth of Asymmetric Follow: On sa.. http://tinyurl.com/d3cxmo
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  6. Twitter has a really interesting effect of seeming to bring celebrity closer. I know vastly more about Stephen Fry now than I ever did before. Yet, as you note, there’s a false sense of closeness, as if Stephen Fry is actually my friend. Sort of an asymmetrical intimacy arising from the asymmetrical follow. He’s somehow closer to me because I have access to the little notes of his daily life. Yet I remain invisible to him and ever unheard.

  7. Christopher – ha!

    Chris – i know exactly what you mean. we know Stephen better than ever. but of course, he knows little if anything about us. asymmetrical intimacy… nice!

    James GovernorMarch 18, 2009 @ 5:40 pmReply
  8. great comment on one of my blog posts. “Asymmetrical Intimacy”, to join Asymmetric and Asynchronous Follow http://bit.ly/biP7V
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  9. @monkchips w thoughtbuffet on Asymmetric Follow/Reply http://bit.ly/biP7V Imho twiteconomy publish > subscribe, reply > follo GTwitP new GNP
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  10. your twitAlist not replying? before you slit your wrists make sure you read Asymmetric Follow by @monkchips http://bit.ly/j9zhr
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  11. I think you’re right that “Aysmmetric Reply” captures the key characteristic better then “Asymmetric Follow”. After all, following is almost always asymmetric…

    Isn’t ‘mutual following’ what dogs do when they meet? ;^)

  12. “The A in A-list probably stands for “administration” http://tinyurl.com/d3cxmo (by @monkchips )
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  13. @sandy_carter twitter went mainstream a few months back. now we’re all just jumping the shark http://bit.ly/GcG3x
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