When I first started with Twitter I followed anyone who followed me. I figured I would just be cordial and automatically return the favor and follow back – then I learned – huge mistake …! I hit some limit upon following 2,000 people and I could not follow anyone until I reached 2,000 followers myself. I realized I had to get picky about who I followed back.
I then thought my tips might be useful for others as well as helping weed out the annoying tweeps. Trust me, they don’t “know who they are” because many aren’t real tweeple.
Anyway, here’s a list of my standard filters on whom I will NOT follow back:
- There’s no profile pic. It’s like you’re giving me egg on my face. In the previous Twitter version it was like you were giving me the “bird.”
- There IS a profile pic and you are, in fact, giving me the “bird.” (Really? And you want followers … ?)
- There IS a profile pic and you’re flashing your armpit hair while, quite brazenly, thinking I’m checking out your abs. I assure you I am not.
- Your profile pic is of someone who, quite obviously, isn’t you. Twitter isn’t a costume party and you’re not that hot in real life.
- You’ve not written a Bio about who you are or your interests.
- You have a non-descriptive Twitter handle like @bootyspleen (WTH?)
- You have a too-descriptive Twitter handle like @bootyspleen_xxx (just say no!)
- You’re a Company Twitter account with zero personalty behind the corporate tweets. I want to engage, not be a recipient of your firm’s constant PR, ads, MLM, or sales blather.
- You are from Nigeria and you need help to move millions of $$$. (Go bark up someone else’s Twitter stream please.)
- You have an endless stream of tweets that obnoxiously twitter about:
- Having Whiter Teeth
- Join the greatest MLM money-making, get-rich-quick, work from home pyramid scheme.
- YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY IS STUCK
- Anything mentioning the Donald Trump network or his orchestra.
- Affiliate Marketing is making you x$’s per day on Twitter. If this is so then stop tweeting and go yachting.
- You’ve got hot pics or I should see you on your new web cam (zzzzzzzzzzzzz).
- You blast your message but don’t interact with others.
- You have a secret system for 100’s of followers a day and you have like . . . 6.
- You have no tweets or haven’t tweeted in a month. Why are you here?
I’ll share some of my successes from using Twitter, both personally and professionally, in another blog post.
Here’s why I might follow you back:
- My quick evaluation of your profile tells me you’re a real person.
- You engage in conversation with me directly, such as mentioning me in a tweet (!!) @mikewhitmore
- You RT my tweets.
- You make me laugh.
- You tell me that I made you laugh.
- You give me a sign (a tweet, a pulse, a pic, a video) that you’re a real person.
- Or, you’re a company and I tweet about your great product or customer service and you respond back!
I want to engage with real people! I’ve met hundreds of tweeps in person and on the phone and have opened new friendships, relationships, business opportunities, more learning and enriched conversations with many.
Twitter is powerful and I look forward to connecting with you real peeps out there!