Last night at 8:09 PM Eastern, I tweeted:
making applesauce from old apples, mentally transitioning into a week at the office
This morning at 2:44 AM Eastern, Motts began following me on twitter. I’m fairly certain that nobody at Motts is actually reading my tweets. I’m also fairly certain that no person at Motts is actually paying enough attention to tweets about apples or applesauce to have made a conscious decision to start following me because of my tweet.
What I suspect is that Motts has some BI type application that is reading one of the many rss feeds that exist for twitter and then following people via the twitter API.
Now, I’ve got no misconceptions about my privacy or lack thereof as a result of my choosing to use twitter or any other service or site, but no matter how you slice it, this is disturbing. It makes you wonder what other company, government, or organized crime group is reading tweets.
And to think, Motts just thought that maybe I’d follow them so that they could sell me applesauce instead of me making it from scratch.