There are several kinds of tweeps I will not follow including:
- Tweeps who are not local to me
- Tweeps who do not tweet
- Anyone who uses TrueTwit etc
If you are in any of the above categories I will usually not follow you.
I live and work in the East of England.
Unless you fall into one of the categories I described previously there is no reason for me to follow you unless you are also in East or South East England.
There are several other social media services where communities are built with no regard to geography. MySpace is the best example. On Myspace you network with people who share some of your interests. Facebook and LinkedIn also support this kind of interest based networking through groups and pages. Twitter is not that.
Empty, Dead or inactive Twitter accounts
I do not follow dead or inactive accounts because you will not be tweeting anything therefore I will get nothing from following you. If your account is dead or inactive but you have followed me I will not be following you back for the same reason. I do appreciate you following me and hope you get some interesting or entertaining information from following me.
If you have not sent out any tweets but follow thousands I will not follow you because you are not giving me any value and because I suspect you are a potential spammer. Building up your following numbers relying on people who use auto-follow is lazy and while your account may appear impressive to the untrained eye based on the number of followers you have there is no real value. Chances are high that the account will be sold off to a spammer who will rely on the numbers game to get some sales.
Twitter Validation Services
Why are so many people using a validation service on Twitter? Upon reflection I realise people are using such services for one of two reasons:
- They are trying to avoid following spammers who rely on those annoying auto-follow services
- They can’t be bothered to manage their twitter community and therefore hand over responsibility to a third party service.
It takes only a few short seconds to unfollow and block a spammer so why risk annoying and insulting people who you could form a great relationship with on Twitter by having a third party service send them a DM on your behalf informing that that you basically can not be bothered to check their account yourself to see if they are someone you want to follow.
Twitter Validation Services are a problem for several reasons:
- The validation process takes too much time
- You are closing the door on what was designed to be an open and inclusive social networking system.
- You are de-personalising the process
- You are abrogating the decision to follow to a third party service, therefore not bothering to see if I am the kind of tweep that you would actually want to follow
- You are spamming my twitter inbox with junk.
- It is rude!
I will unfollow anyone who has rudely thrown a TrueTwit DM at me. It is rude. Don’t do it.
If you do use a twitter validation service but I really want to engage with you I will, after unfollowing you, @mention you in a tweet. If at that stage you respond to me I will follow you again and ignore the auto-DM and see if you follow me back. If you still do not take the time to manually manage your following enough to follow me back I will give up, unfollow you for the final time and not bother with you again.
Twitter validation services are bad for us all.
There are spammers and there are Spammers.