A few quick ways to make sure I don’t follow you on Twitter.
I use twitter daily. Not only do I post my recent blog posts, interesting articles, retweets of other’s tweets, and my thoughts, but I use it to get story ideas.
But I have a few pet peeves:
1. My main pet peeve is someone who follows you just to try to get you to follow them back. Follow me because you’re interested in what I have to say, not because you want me to follow you back. The worst are people that follow you and notice you aren’t following them back, who then unfollow and refollow to try to get your attention again.
2. Another pet peeve sure to get you unfollowed is posting too often. There’s no magic number to me, but I’ve unfollowed a lot of people who tweet every few minutes (unless I find them very relevant).
3. The third pet peeve is the person who only posts ads about their business. Like this one. That doesn’t add value.
So here’s how I decide to follow someone back that follows me. First, if I know the person or company I’ll likely follow them back. But 99% of the time I don’t. So then I look at two numbers: number of followers and number following. The ratio is what’s important. If they are following more people than are following them, that’s a red flag. That’s a good sign they aren’t very interesting.
Right now I have about 1,000 followers and I’m following 126 people. That’s about 10 to 1. When I see someone who’s following 1,000 people and only has 100 followers, that’s a red flag, and I won’t follow them back.
What are some of your pet peeves on twitter? How do you decide who to follow?
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