Early Spring Cleaning, Part 2
It took quite a lot of time to do, but 108 of the people I was following just lost a follower, as well as a blog subscriber. Many of them I have no recollection of ever interacting with them other than my generic welcome to all who become Twitterbuds.
As Louis Gray wrote earlier, not everyone uses Twitter the same way. Some use it as a point to distribute information and links, others, like me, want to know the people we’re connected with. Granted, I’m still following over 800 people, but I have found many of them to be very streaky. They’ll tweet only during certain hours, or on certain days. Many of them also have a very low tweet count, 100 in a month would be an achievement for them, so my Twitter stream really isn’t that large. Using Tweetdeck in a 21″ monitor set to portrait mode, I rarely have to scroll down to see new tweets, which refresh roughly every 70 seconds.
To all of my followers whom I’m not following, it is likely because of one of these reasons:
- most of your tweets aren’t in English
- you appear to be a spammer
- you proclaim to be a ‘social media expert,’ but your website appears to have been designed in the 90s, which isn’t inspiring any confidence or making me believe you have any idea what you’re talking about
- through a random bug on Twitter at some point, I was never emailed a notice that you are following me
- you have no updates
- your profile tells me nothing about you
If you think I should be following you, then let me know that I’m not following you, and I should come check you out, or unfollow me and follow me again.
I have adopted a method where I let your follow notice sit in my inbox for a few days. This gives plenty of time for Twitter to flag some accounts, which then say ‘suspended’ when I visit them, making it easy to identify accounts I probably don’t want to follow. I know this may frustrate some of the tria laser hair removal legit users out there, but this helps to maintain my sanity on some of those crazy days.
On a side note, @Drun recommends using Friend or Follow over Twitter Karma to help identify who is or isn’t following you.
Again, I look forward to seeing what everybody has to say, and I hope you don’t hesitate to reply to anything I have to say, I love the conversation!