10 thoughts on “5 reasons why I don’t follow you on Twitter Leave a comment

  1. Thanks for sharing your set of rules Ben. I’m relatively new to Twitter and wasn’t sure what to expect. Like you I’ve been naturally suspicious of followers that I don’t know who follow many people but have few followers themselves. From the outset I began “moderating” my followers by blocking a good number of them—using much the same rules as yours above. I don’t know that this is especially good twitterquette but it seems as necessary as moderating blog comments. Interesting that you felt the need to explain why you don’t automatically follow people in turn; I never felt that was an obligation. I would also add “You’re local” to the list of reasons to follow someone; it’s a bit like listening to the local radio station as you get to hear (and see, if they tweet images) what’s going on around you.

    1. Hey Bruce – I’ve never really considered auto follows as essential either, but I’ve seen a few different people mention recently that they stop following people who don’t follow them back. Having seen how many followers some people have I feel I don’t want to end up that way. I don’t think I could handle following the conversation if there were 2000+ people all tweeting at the same time.

      BTW I like the idea of the “you’re local” thing – I’d not really considered that at the time but think I will watch out for it in the future.

  2. I’ve never understood why people complain, when they follow someone, that they’re not followed in return. If someone likes what I’m saying enough to follow me, great – but I’m not going to arbitrarily follow everyone who does so. If someone writes on a topic I’m interested in, I may follow them. If they’re intersting or funny, I may follow them.

    And I unfollow people fairly often, but usually for posting far too much, far too fast.

  3. I completely agree with this list. As for the “local” condition, I use the iPhone/iPod Touch application “Twinkle” and that grabs tweets from Twinkle users within a certain radius (displayed on a separate page from the people you follow). It’s very good for notifications of what’s going on in, but it’s limited because there isn’t a huge Twinkle community in my area. Also, IP-pinpointing isn’t completely reliable.

  4. Myself I follow peeps who are interesting and have good info to share with others. I don’t care if anyone follows me or not. If the peep that I follow gets boring or I lose interest then I will unfollow without a second thought. I usually will follow a peep for a week or so to check the content if their tweets.

  5. The numbers game in Twitter bothers me to a certain degree. When I was following nearly everyone who followed me, my numbers looked great, but the quality of my incoming tweet stream declined into a mosh of unintelligible and therefore useless noise. However, when I unfollowed everyone who didn’t meet my personal criteria (very close to yours in this blog post) I began to lose far more followers than I gained, resulting in a downward spiral of my numbers. Interestingly enough, the value of my incoming tweet stream has steadily increased, yet seeing the numbers go down still feels bad. I have some opinions as to why that is, but I think I’ll save ’em for a blog post of my own.

  6. I completely agree with this list, especially because I am Spanish and I need to write in English and sometimes it is not easy to me

  7. I usually follow those that RT other tweeters. I usually read their content for at least a week and if I loose interest in them or they just overwhelm me with how often they post, then I will unfollow them. I don’t care how many follow me, I enjoy twitter for the different info that I can use then I share them with my circle of friends and family.

  8. Completely agree with your thoughts. I have a personal account and pretty much subscribe to your views and we will adopt the same policy for our business twitter account.

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