Bear with me on this. I'll try to explain it as briefly as possible!
One of my favourite authors is on Twitter. I follow him and we have communicated sporadically, via Tweets, on and off for a few years now. As he is a favourite of my wife and I, when he tours to promote his books, we pop along to local venues when he is at a venue close(ish) to us. Rather wonderfully at an earlier book signing, the author acknowledged me as he walked to take his seat at the front of the audience. My wife and I have met him on quite a few occasions and he has generously stopped to have a drink or two with us. He is a fabulously nice chap.
And, no, I have never been tempted to force him to look at my writing!
One of my friends is also on Twitter and he is a keen reader. We have often exchanged books recommendations via Twitter and in person and discussed various books. He knows that the author in question is a favourite of mine and that we have both met on a few occasions and my friend knows that I am trying to write a book. He is less than encouraging about my efforts and, frankly, has been quite condescending in the past.
And then yesterday....
My friend tweeted the author to say how much he was enjoying his latest book. Nowt wrong there, I hear you say. True, this was a kind thing for my friend to do. The author responded with an appreciative thank you.
Then my friend tagged me and replied to the author with this comment: "There is only one man your equal. @MyTwitterName
#HeIsStillWriting #Apparently *laughing face icon*"
Now, at the risk of being overly sensitive, I thought this was a tad unnecessary. I'm not going to respond to his taunt. Bigger man and all that. But, still, it smarts a little.