Note that this is a revised version. The original version was posted in 2010 in my old blog.
This post can also be used as a rough guide for things not to do if you want a good quality of followers, not quantity.
But first, a little wayback playback:
(Above was the screenshot of my Twitter bio back in 2010!)
(This is how it looks like today. The same, but different?)
FYI: I scan through your recent tweets before I decide to follow (or not follow you). If you have a blog link, I may check that out, too. I am in no way insinuating that I am better than you or that my “follow” is worth more than yours. Just sharing some perspective! The reason I’m on Twitter is to interact, first and foremost. You’ll find that my list is in support of this. I’m sure you have your own reasons for following certain people. Please feel free to share yours, whether we look at things similarly or if you are totally different from me. If you’re new to this blog, you’ll soon learn how much I truly value your comments, especially when they are different from mine!
- You have 0 tweets, 0 followers, no bio/location or avatar. – (Who are you?) I know, we all have to start somewhere. But you can start by making your Twitter more presentable. How about putting up that avatar (a recent photo of you works best) and start tweeting! Don’t expect people to follow you right away – Twitter takes time.
- Your following/follower ratio is suspicious – High following/low follower tells me that you went on a following frenzy and followed all the twitters under the sun. You are not likely to interact with these people, but you want to see all of their tweets. (This is often coupled with reason #1). Also, if it’s the opposite: Low following/high follower count, I might wonder if you’re doin’ the ol’ “follow/unfollow” trick where you follow a bunch of people, wait for them to follow you back & them unfollow them.
- You are not a real person. – This means you are either a bot and/or you use your Twitter like a feed (you may or may not be a company Twitter). Also, do most of your tweets contain links? To the same site? And do you tweet them right after another, potentially flooding my feed? Yup, you are not getting followed.
- I can’t understand your tweets. – If your tweets are in another language that I don’t understand, I will not follow you. Why? Because there is no damn point. (FYI, I know my name is Spanish, but I’m not. And I only understand conversational Spanish, so I don’t understand Spanish tweets.)
- Your Tweets do not contain any @ replies or retweets. – I like Twitter because it helps me connect with people I would otherwise not connect with in real life. If your recent tweets are all about yourself and you don’t interact with other people, then the chance that you would connect with me are probably very slim. Ergo, the non-follow.
- Your Tweets are all retweets. – To make your Twitter stream look authentic, and to deflect the above reason, you retweet people’s random tweets. This may work on some people, but I like to see real tweets more than retweets when I visit someone’s Twitter.
- You are trying to sell me something – There are some brands that do Twitter really well. If your profile and tweets sound sales-y, you are probably not one of them. Here’s a tip: you’ll get better leads if you’re more authentic and actually have conversations with people.
- Your bio has #TeamFollowBack – This pretty much means that you don’t care about my tweets. You probably won’t read them or won’t ever click on the links I share. But you want a high following count, so you follow people in hopes they will follow you back. You are pathetic. Go away.
- I do not find you and/or you tweets interesting. – Personally, I follow people who have things listed on their bio that I’m interested in.Or if you have a link to your blog, I might like your blog. If you tweet mostly about a sports team I don’t care about, chances are I will not follow you. I don’t believe in “hiding/muting” people either.
- You have an auto-DM set up. – For the ones that do fall through the cracks and I end up following, but moments later I receive an auto-DM “thanking” me for the follow. You know the feeling when you buy something from a store and you bring it home only to find that the zipper is broken? Yeah, that’s how that feels. Returned. Unfollowed.
I log on to Twitter almost daily and I like to make sure my feed is buzzing with people and subjects I’m interested in and would interact with! That’s pretty much the gist of it!
But, there is a chance that you’re super awesome and you think I’m a douche cause I won’t follow you – I might’ve scrolled right past you and missed your follow (oops!). In that case, just @ reply me! I usually follow people I have conversations with!
PS. I’m not married to these rules and there are definitely a few exceptions. Some people follow a lot of parody accounts, I like to follow humorous Twitters and the occasional motivation quote.
How do you choose which people to follow? Got any to add? Or wanna pick a fight? Meet ya in the comments!