I’ve been using Twitter for a couple of years. I’ve managed to amass a few Real followers – by those I mean followers who do care about my blog posts and release information and even my little ‘Buy my book’ Tweets that I so seldom post. The rest? I’m not really sure who they are or why they follow me. Many fall into the categories of the subject of today’s post.
Follow Me Fails…
Okay, so here’s my TwitterRant:
1. Why do people follow me and then unfollow me after I follow them? I’m assuming these are Twitter users who just want to bulk up their follower numbers? Please don’t do this – its just rude. And I’ll just unfollow you…
2. Why do some Twitter users have no patience? I’ve had several followers who follow me (for whatever reason), wait 3 days then unfollow me? Are they competition entrants who follow just to qualify for a comp then unfollow asap? Sometimes….Or are these illegitimate followers who somehow think I’m on twitter all the time and if I don’t follow back within 3 days I’m dead to them? Sorry, this is also rude. And I’ll just unfollow you…
I’m not a gold class Twitter user by any means, but aren’t there general etiquette rules that people of the Twitterverse follow?
I was recently introduced to Qwitter for a similar reason – that so many of my own Twitter followers are just following to increase their numbers- they have no interest in me, all they want is my Follow-back. One thing Qwitter has shown me though- that 90% of Tweeps that follow me only to unfollow after I follow back are people who have probably received misguided information on how to use Twitter.
Twitter is NOT about adding to your follower count. Sure we know that high follower numbers are impressive but if you are a serial Follow-Back parasite, maybe stop and think about this: Tweeps are not just an @ sign followed by a bunch of letters. We are people. We Tweep, we chat, we rant and yes, once a relationship begins we are friends too. Maybe stop thinking about amassing Follow-Backs and start thinking about making friends. 🙂
So how do you feel about Twitter as a social tool?
How does Twitter work for you?
Will you use a program like Qwitter to make sure you don’t have parasitic follow/unfollowers?
Do you ever chat with people on Twitter?