There’s no unwritten rule on Twitter that says you must do unto other followers as you would have others do unto you. When you click that “follow” button you’d like to think that the person will want to follow you back. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
I met a new Twitterer who commented that she thought it was a compliment to follow people, so she followed everyone. That sounded like good ol’ common sense, but Twitter has its own unwritten rules. She didn’t realize that following a high number of people while having a low number of followers hurt her chances of people following her.
Wondering why people don’t follow you back? I asked some Twitterers their reasons. Perhaps you’re breaking one of these Twitter commandments.
Thou Hast a Bad Profile
avidwriter: I don’t follow back people who are following 300+ people with no bio, URL or haven’t bothered to post a tweet.
debworks: No face picture, no real name, not following anyone.
overthinker: I won’t follow people without bios.
adenin: I tend not to follow people with a lopsided following/followers/updates ratio.
Thou Hast a Case of Bad or Irrelevant Tweets
thursdayb: I can’t stand people who do nothing but post quotes. There are so many accounts that are nothing but pages of quotes.
Yelwrose: They are not interesting; they are teenagers that tweet about teenager things.
goodwolve: I don’t follow back if we really don’t seem to have anything in common.
scoblitz: I don’t follow back if someone posts incompatible content or broadcast-only tweets.
LoriLowe: Usually look self-serving, XXX-related or not a real person. I look for people with common interests.
mikecompeau: Because their stream of tweets is off the mark for my interest or attention requirements.
geekygirldawn: Too self-promotional. You should use your Twitter account to promote your activities; however, it should be a part of what you do. If every post talks about how awesome your company is, people will lose interest fairly quickly.
Thou Art Spreading the Information Overload Disease
SMBRob: Too much info already. I only follow those I know I will get good info from.
MerylORourke: I simply don’t like too many tweets on my page.
amylillard: I don’t follow back if someone updates too often. I don’t want my Twitter stream to turn into one person!
spiky_simon: I don’t usually follow people back unless I recognize them from elsewhere. I try to keep my Twitter stream pretty pared down. I do use Twimailer so I can quickly check out people who follow me.
Thou Sounds Like a Snake Oil Salesperson
Yelwrose: They are pushing get rich quick or MLM schemes.
scoblitz: I also tend to dismiss those who proclaim themselves Social Media or SEO experts. Not a rule, but usually the case.
AlexFayle: I don’t follow Internet marketers back because I often get hit with DMs like “Get 10K followers in 2 days with my report.” No thanks!
Thou Faces Twitter Limitations
meancode: The utter lack of organization that Twitter has. If you could set up groups, like in TweetDeck, it would be different.
bobbiegoheen: I am limited on the number I can follow.
Thou Blows It
Vocino: I auto follow back and then when I see their updates make a decision. I give them a shot rather than spend time investigating.
Thou Plays Games
scoblitz: Those who are obviously playing the follow/unfollow game to boost their own numbers.
Thou Dost Not Interact
andrewghayes: Mainly if they don’t respond to my “Hi, thanks for following, how are you, interesting profile” message. I’m on twitter for conversation and interaction. If you don’t bother to say hello back, why do I want to hear what you have to say?
overthinker: I drop people who only post monologues and have no @ convos.
We all don’t like everyone we meet, no matter how nice we are or they are. Even nice people have enemies. Focus on quality not quantity, and building relationships with the right people, and the followers will come. Find us on Twitter @webworkerdaily.
What are your reasons for not following back?
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