Sunday, February 3, 2013

11 Reasons I Won’t Follow You on Twitter

There are probably dozens if not hundreds of reasons some people on Twitter won’t follow others. Here are my Top 11 reasons. 

I won’t follow you if … 

1. You don’t have a Twitter bio: There may be a good reason, but I can’t imagine what it is. It takes 30 seconds to say something about who you are. The same thing goes if you don’t have a geographic location. It does not need to be specific: city and state or city and country will do just fine. Of course, if you have something to hide … that too is reason enough not to follow you. 

2. You don’t have an avatar: The generic "egg" icon just tells the world you haven’t made the time to get a small picture or symbol out there … or, again, maybe you have something to hide.

3. Your account is locked: You may have good reasons to lock your account (or, again, maybe you have something to hide), but how am I supposed to keep track of whose content I can retweet and whose I can’t? If you want to be that private I have to wonder why you’re on Twitter.

4. You have been on Twitter for less than a month: Unless there’s a history of activity I suspect all Twitter accounts to have a.) hidden agendas or b.) be the accounts of people not fully committed to being part of the Twitter community … yet. This might be hard on newbies, but I know of too many newbies who set up an account, tweet a few times and then go silent.

5. You don’t tweet regularly: You don’t have to tweet every day, but if you’re only tweeting once or twice a week (or less) the chances are I will miss your tweets and we really won’t interact at all. So why bother?

6. You have nothing to say or share: We have all seen the accounts where people build large follower numbers and in three months on Twitter have only tweeted a few dozen times to let the world know "It’s raining here now" or "Just made a killer burger." Really? Is this adding value for anyone?

7. You follow way more people than follow you: You may just be desperate to build a large online following. You may have even purchased followers. Either way you concern me.

8. Your profile and tweets reveal you are mostly on Twitter to sell: I get stuff pushed on me in plenty of other ways. I don’t need Twitter to feel like a selling channel.

9. Your tweet history is full of self-promotional words or links: If your tweets are full of "I" statements and the things "you" want to sell or promote, then "you" clearly missed the memo that Twitter is supposed to be a social medium. "You" don’t need me to follow "you." All "you" really need is a mirror so you can admire the view. See Commandment No. 1 in 10 Commandments for Social Media.

10. You are promoting porn, gambling or other vices: ‘Nuff said. If I wanted this stuff I’m pretty sure I could find it on my own.

11. You are a business and only ever tweet about the business: As much as you love your business and think everybody else should too, I’m sorry I just don’t care. If your business doesn’t have a human face I’m outta here. Having said that, I will admit to connecting with social causes and the organizations that support them. That at least seems more in the spirit of social media.

So, what do you think? Did I miss any reasons you have for not following or following back on Twitter?

Related posts:
6 Reasons to Finally Join Twitter
Twetiquette: 10 basics for Twitter politeness
The 7 Deadly Sins on Twitter

11 comments:

  1. I would agree with all but #7 if they are a newbie. I feel for them :) It takes time to grow a following.

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  2. I have to agree with them all, I think you'll like me on Twitter too. @sparkiefunizza.

    This has given me some things to think about when loking for someone to follow too

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  3. Repeating the same Tweet a dozen times a day. Yes, a single tweet can be missed, but if you have something to say, we'll find you.

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  4. Mike, these are good points. The only one I'm leaning against is #4. Particularly in marketing and social media, there are so many people now that have turned twitter into a headline feed and I tend to see the same things repeated over and over.

    When I see someone new on Twitter sharing content manually with comments or trying to engage in conversation, I pay more attention now. I believe we need more meaningful conversation and we need (as SM / marketing people) to listen to more people outside of the social media blogging bubble.

    Nice concise list, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thanks for all the great comments. I agree that one or more these may not be a good fit for everyone, but these are just the ones I've come up with in almost five years on Twitter.

    Yes, holding back on following a newbie might seem a little harsh and I do make exceptions for people in my local geographic area, but other than that I wait to see if they're committed and human after 30 days and then I'll jump right in and follow them.

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    1. How about not following anyone without a twitter account? Duuuurp! X)

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  6. One thing I'll add is my frustration when you follow me and then I try to follow the person back and it says 'pending'. What the heck is that? You're good enough to follow me, but I'm not good enough to follow you? lol...

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  7. I agree with Larrythewineguy. I cannot stand repeat tweets over and over and multiple of them in a row within hours of eachother.

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  8. Great post! It really shows WHY these actions are problematic. I think people need that message to be convinced their options don't work. It's surprising how many people can't be convinced they're just spamming and that there are better ways. I like to tell people that the rules of social and business and etiquette/strategy are the same online as in person.

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  9. All great reasons. I heartily concur! Now I'm off to do a "killer burger" tweet just for the fun of it.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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