With the omnipresence of social media outlets, the ever-existing
social hierachy has found a new way of revealing itself in terms of
the number of followers/friends/fans a person has. Obviously, the more
followers you have, the more relevant/important/cool you are. The
promise of social media of a more democratic form of communication
gives hope to not-so-popular people that they might create/maintain a
profile that would hopefully increase their own popularity. Therefore,
it is always disappointing to realize that yet another person has
unfollowed you, despite your best efforts on the medium. This project
deals with the fear of rejection and the obsession with popularity by
making a list of all the accounts that have unfollowed me over time.
The unfollowers are sent a link to a survey asking the reason(s) they
chose to unfollow me, in order to confront them directly and prompt
them to honestly question their own motivations for following and
unfollowing and for being a perpetuator of this social media hierarchy.