Twitter has become a part of many people’s lives and I am no different. My twitter account @unoblogger has now over 500 followers and I now follow 118 people. This can trigger a question, why do I follow so less people in comparison to the people who follow me?
The answer lies in the person’s twitter account I am scrutinizing to follow. There are a lot of factors I consider prior to following a person. These factors where I choose not to follow a person are listed as below
No Photo – This can be a factor that a lot of people can overlook but, the very fact that you’ve uploaded a photograph to your twitter account shows genuineness
No Bio – A bio is a quick summary of what sort of a person you are. There better be a bio for me to consider following you
No URL – The web link that is provided for people to link their twitter account should essentially have something. This is for me to click and find out more about this person I am wanting to follow.
The URL is abnormal – There are a lot of URLs which don’t belong to any domain or does not have a proper domain name. This will turn me down, cause I am sure the link and the person is ambiguous. There are also people who have short url like bit.ly/77dnsdja or ow.ly/1jsd9asdx. These won’t trigger my inquisitiveness, I would only be worried where this link will lead me.
XXX Related – Your twitter account and your updates are related to porn. I would not follow you
TFF ratio is skewed – The TFF ratio is nothing but the twitter follower to friend ratio, which is published as decimals. The TFF ratio needs to be impressive, I think twice to follow people with less than .30 TFF ratio.
Only quotes/message for the day – Your updates are always some quote or some message of the day. It is really nice to be motivating the people, but I sure would like to follow a person.
Self promotional – Your tweets always boasts about yourself, self proclaiming, self promotional.
Get rich quick scheme – There are lots of schemes and offers that get floated around and these are at times a little overboard. I would like to find out about making money online or earning money when I want to find out.
Not many interesting tweets – There are a lot of people who have a routine to their tweets. They start off right from the morning breakfast that they had till they wish us good night. This routine becomes boring after a certain time.
Only links on news and current affairs – There are many updates that you provide, but it is more so links to other articles, news and updates. This is good in a way and good if within limits.
Website link is myspace or facebook profile – Yes, not all of us are webmasters or bloggers and not all of us have a presentable profile page. If the link is having myspace page, squidoo, facebook pages, I would think twice to follow you.
Self proclaimed - Self proclaimation is good if there is a commendable achievement of yours. Calling yourself a social media expert, SEO expert are not cool. Having expert tags are to be weighed, it will be scrutinized by people on the internet, I would.
Tweets on increasing twitter count - Most of your tweets are preaching ways to increase your twitter followers.
Not engaging me - If you are a celebrity or the internet god or goddess, then you have many people following you already. Your tweets won’t be as engaging and it will not interest me.
So, here is a list of reasons why I would choose against following you. This list of reasons are not just about me, all I have tried is also to reflect on the voices on the twitter world.