Unlike most social networks, following people on Twitter isn’t mutual. In other words, someone who thinks you’re interesting can follow you, and you don’t have to approve, or follow back.
I am not sure about you, but I’ve been following back everyone who follows me on Twitter up till recently without any set of rules, of course, provided he or she (or even ‘it’) has a valid profile picture (mind that, not that default Twitter egg (erstwhile birdie!) ones). That is all there is to it despite the fact that I already published couple of articles here on this issue (‘Efficient way to unclutter your Twitter following’ and ‘Types of guys not to follow on Twitter’ ~ a guest post by Shawn Poh). Blame me, I didn’t practice what I preach!
That being said, ‘Follow back all’ ploy backfired and I’ve been targeted by a group of people who started to play ‘Follow/Unfollow’ game with me which I hate as much as you. At that time, I realized the fact that I should never follow back those people blindly in the first place rather than examining their profile further.
What is more, I started to follow more people (unintentionally some bots/spammers in the mix) than who follow me back. To an extent, that spoiled my Twitter ‘Followers/Following’ ratio in the process. Not a big deal, you may say! Nevertheless, it can hurt one’s reputation somehow! Since then, I’m started to examine my Twitter followers as a ritual these days.
If you’re in the similar scenario as I was, let’s come to the point: How to examine your Twitter followers then?
When I was searching for a solution, stumbled across this post (fortunately): ‘A guide to following people on Twitter’ in which Lebanon based Social media & Personal branding consultant John Antonios came up with a handy flowchart that illustrates his thought process for evaluating new people (to follow-back) on Twitter. We can apply the same for examining our existing ‘following’ too. To be honest, it helped me a lot. I guess it was well illustrated and could be useful to you as well. Yes, if you’re at ease using Twitter by now this may not look awesome to you, but wait: I think having these thoughts clearly expressed could be very handy for many people (particularly to the ‘new to’ Twitter people.)
Here it is ~ a flowchart to examine your Twitter followers/following base…
As you can see, John clearly suggested checking 5 things before you follow back ~ Twitter profile/bio, Link (URL) in bio, No. of followers/following, Tweet history and Twitter age. Hope this flowchart will help you to be selective on Twitter.
Of course, there are plenty of Twitter tools/apps available such as JustUnfollow, ManageFlitter etc to unfollow people who don’t follow back. You can very well use those too. But, the point here to remember is if only you could examine your Twitter followers earlier…
*Title picture/cartoon Source.
How do you follow people on Twitter? Do you have any deliberate working ploy? Let us know in the ‘Comments’ section…
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