If I Haven’t Followed You Back On Twitter, Here’s Why
Posted on 26 October 2010
If you’ve followed me on twitter and I haven’t followed you back, it’s probably because of one of (or a combination of) the following reasons:
- I don’t find your tweets or your blog posts useful/relevant/interesting/funny. (That may sound brutal, but I expect you to treat me the same way.)
- Your tweets are written mostly in text speak.
- Your twitter bio is not compelling, or you haven’t written a bio at all (in which case, please read my blog post, “Convince Me With Your Twitter Bio. Please!”).
- Your tweets have nothing to do with the topics you list in your bio (for example, I saw a bio by someone who claimed to be all about helping people find more followers on twitter, but all her tweets were about the financial markets).
- Your profile picture does not clearly show your face.
- You don’t tell me your real name somewhere in one of these three places: your twitter logon name, the “Name” field on your twitter profile page or your twitter bio. If your twitter account is your company’s corporate account, I want to know that I’m communicating with a real live human being with a name.
- You haven’t listed a website address, or the address you do list is a snipped address (e.g. bit.ly), which makes me wary of clicking on it.
- You haven’t posted any tweets at all, or you haven’t posted a tweet in ages.
- You’re following a LOT more people than are following you – that suggests to me that you’re spammy and you follow twitter accounts indiscriminately.
- Most of your tweets are links to websites or blog posts – there’s no conversation or engagement (i.e. there are no @ replies or RTs).
- Most of your tweets are pushy sales messages for your products or services.
- Most of your tweets are inspirational quotes by other people. I can find those quotes elsewhere, thanks; on twitter, I’d rather read about YOUR life, opinions, experiences…
- Most of your tweets are @ replies to people I don’t follow. Sorry, I’m not interested in reading only half of the conversation (especially when your half of the conversation is limited to “Thx”).
- You’ve sent the same pushy promotional message as an @ message to multiple people (that’s spam).
- You say in your bio that you don’t read DMs.
Readers, is there anything you’d like to add to this list? (Note: I vet all comments before I publish them, and I reserve the right to delete spam.)
Oh, and some further thoughts, added on November 3:
- You tweet about where you’ve just become mayor of on Foursquare. I don’t care. Violently.
- All or most of your tweets are written in a language I don’t understand.
- You tweet that you just liked a YouTube video.
- You’ve automated/synchronised all your social media activities, so long updates that you post on other sites automatically appear on twitter. But they’re longer than 140 characters so they get cut off mid…
And a further thought on December 1:
- You use the TrueTwit validation service to make it hard for people to follow you.