Follow rule is extremely simple; I follow everyone who follows me until they
give me a reason to stop following.
For a lot of
new comers to the Twitterverse, they are spending too much time checking
profiles to determine if they are Follow-Worthy. Early on, I,
myself, had done some of this until one day I was checking out a profile of a
new follower, and noticed that the language and energy of their page was or
appeared to be out of alignment with my values. But they ReTweeted
several of my messages every day for quite a while, apparently my messages had
meaning to them and I saw a shift over time in some of the language in their
future tweets. I believe that we can learn from everyone we meet,
and the variety of quality Twitizens in my stream gives me an opportunity to
reach a very wide audience.
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complicated matter is in deciding whom to UnFollow. Recently I jotted
down the reasons I made the decision to stop following or to ignore their
- Tweeting lists without any text
telling us why you are mentioning these people.
- Begging for a Follow, RT or
Shout Out – if you have to ask, it is not a gift. Focus on becoming
a great follower and add value to your audience, and then the mentions
will start to flow your way.
- RTing someone else’s list –
create your own list and tell us why you are recommending these accounts.
- Multiple posts of lists in S/O
or FF – we all love to receive the recognition of others, but once is
enough. Countless SO or FF mentions devalues the thought.
- Any post that includes the
Following: F4F (follow for follow), Follow Back or any of the Team
Follow. Following back is a choice not an obligation; and as
mentioned above, begging is a major turn off.
- Any RTs that include your own
name – I daily thank all my RTers for sharing the messages, and often
people will RT those messages that include their name, I guess it is a way
of self-promotion. Posting lists that are not your own provides no
value to your audience.
- Adding your link, any link to
my messages – automatic block and reported as spam – no questions.
Build your own reputation and never try to steal a ride on someone else
Twitter Jet Stream.
- Self-Promo in your Auto DM or
Thank you messages – pushing your links will produce little if any
positive results and it’s spammy.
- Invites to Face Book pages –
take time to build a relationship with us here on Twitter first before
inviting us to learn more about you on other sites.
- Thanking me for RT’s & FF
mentions I did not make.
- Provoking an argument.
- Taking a minor exception to an
author of a quote I shared – attempting to devalue the message.
- Telling us way too much or
everything that is going on in your life. Move your personal
conversations to direct messages. One of the things many people look
at when they visit your Twitter profile is your Tweets to Followers
ratio. If you have 20,000 tweets and only a couple hundred followers
it creates a picture that you are talking for the sake of talking
regardless if anyone is responding.
- Not providing any value.
- Not enough posts or abandoned
- Sarcasm –
- Tru Tweet Validation – you
followed me and then ask me to prove I am human. Spend time
connecting and learning about the people in your Twitterverse, and you
will attract quality real Followers.
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