Are you famous?

Fool Are you hoping to be?  Are you fascinated with image and the attention that celebrity brings?  Is your day spent trying to create attention?  Are you trading direct social relations for parasocial interactions and, thus, losing your grounding in substance and reality?

If you answered "no," you may soon be able to prove it -- to yourself and to others.  According to conversations overheard at the recent SxSw conference, the folks at Twitter will soon be adding a feature that allows users to hide their follower, following and listed stats.

What will the choice of hiding or displaying those signals tell us about someone?   And what effect do you think it will have on Twitter's attention and status-feeding business model?

You can read more about Twitter's decision at the following link:

"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free." - Krishnamurti