At first, I wasn’t entirely discriminating about who I followed, but now I am. I don’t care very much about the number. I’m much more interested in building mutually beneficial relationships and connecting with people I can learn from and share ideas with.
Although I don’t strictly adhere to these “rules”, here are some things that will likely keep me from following you:
1. If you have no photo. Even a poor quality photo of yourself is better than none.
2. If you have no bio. Who are you and what do you have to offer?
3. If your bio is loaded with typos or grammatical errors or doesn’t make sense to me.
4. If your bio is an exercise in self-aggrandizement. I don’t care how wonderful you are.
5. If your profile has no link to further info about you. I want to know who you are and if you’re legitimate.
6. If your tweets are mostly chit chat that doesn’t interest me or teach me anything.
7. If your tweets are mostly about how to get money or make thousands in minutes on the Internet by whatever method.
8. If your tweets are mostly self-promoting in an annoying way.
9. If I don’t like your politics.
10. If your niche and tweets are completely unrelated to mine.
11. If your tweets say over and over I can get 1,000 new Twitter followers a day if I follow your simple rules or buy something from you.
12. If you haven’t tweeted in, say, over a week or so.
13. If you follow and are followed by hundreds or thousands, but you’ve only tweeted maybe a dozen times all together.
14. If your profile in any way smacks of spam, pornography, violence, or anything against my sensibilities.
Do you have any absolute Twitter follower turn-offs?
February 4, 2010 – NOTE FROM MEG:
Check out my update over at Executive Career Brand, 14 Reasons I Won’t Follow You On Twitter [Revisited]
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