Some Twitter users have given their reasons for not following new followers, reasons that are very personal, and yet, several of them coincide with the considerations that we also take. You like me, we run away from spam accounts, but there are other accounts where despite knowing that there are indeed people participating behind, we decided not to follow them once they are already on our list of followers.
Below I present my 10 reasons for not corresponding by following those who start to follow me, reasons that I also take into account when I am looking for interesting users to follow. Maybe you identify and agree with some of them.
If the number of users that you follow in relation to those that follow you is obviously much higher, then what you are desperately looking for is to gain followers at lightning speed and not an interaction with them, because of that I am not interested in following you. If it also happens that you have very few updates, you will be clearly seen as spam and you will not be successful in your goal. These numbers are the first thing users see to decide whether to follow you or not.
If your last tweets were three days ago or more, or you skip several days between them, I will know that you are not a regular user and that the interaction will hardly occur, in addition to the possibility that don’t go back to Twitter anymore.
I love links to interesting content of all kinds, but if that’s all you do and you don’t have a conversation with your “following / followers”, then you’re not on Twitter to socialize. We must remember that Twitter is precisely a social network and if after starting to follow you and having sent you some @replies I have no response from you, it is clear to me that you are not interested in any interaction with me.
If most of your tweets are to link me to your content, or you constantly talk about how good your products or services are, I will consider you spam even if you sometimes interact with the rest. I consider that more than 5 links to your content in a day become a desperate and very unpleasant act to witness. If your content is good, then you don’t need to post your links on Twitter more than 2 or 3 times a day.
We all like to “retweet” our tweets, but nobody likes a user to “retweet” everything they see happening. You should do RT only what you really enjoyed, if it’s something funny or very interesting, go ahead, otherwise don’t do it. You should take into account that it is very likely that several of your followers are also following your source of information on Twitter.
As simple as it may seem, an avatar says a lot about the user. I prefer the photos in an avatar, they give a face to your tweets, however, I follow them equally. The new followers who do not have an avatar tell me that they are on Twitter in passing, that they are not interested in having a profile and that they have started recently without a clear idea of keeping that account, so I do not follow them. It is also easy to decide to follow those who have a name in addition to the nickname and who wrote something about them in their profile, such as their profession, hobbies or something that gives me a clue of who they are. The avatars with photographs of half-naked women or any other content that is offensive to me is reason enough not to follow you.
I understand that Latin American culture is one of the cultures with the greatest prejudice against women, and when someone makes offensive comments towards the female sex, I do not take it personally, but when these comments are insistent or very offensive, I do not follow or stop following them. When the comments are against minorities, I do not give a second chance, I think that social networks like Twitter make our perspective broader, help us to open up and be more tolerant towards people from other countries and cultures, they make us feel more ” citizens of the world”. I find contempt unforgivable and criticize others for their skin color or traditions.
I shouldn’t even say it, but I’ll say it. If you use a social network to flirt with girls that only allows you to send 140 characters at a time, something must be very wrong in your head. I have found more than one user on Twitter with this purpose in hand, it is unpleasant and … crooked. There are enough social networks that may be more appropriate to find a date, to start a relationship, such as Facebook and MySpace. A little flirting is forgiven, but that to have a conquest plan is very different.
Maybe certain passages of your daily life are very relevant to you and you want to share them with your Twitter followers, but it is not necessary that we know certain details that should stay in your bathroom, at most, they could be shared with your doctor. There is no justification for us to know that today’s food hurt you, for example.
send what you think is the link to the funniest, newest or most interesting, and nobody sends you a “reply” or does a “retweet”. You panic and send it again or send another, and another, and another, and another, then you are surprised that the number of your followers is going down, it is simply because you have been a nuisance, you are invading their space on the screen. Do not post tweets every 30 seconds waiting for someone to send you a reply, choose to send a reply to other users, that way you can meet two objectives, that of avoiding invading everyone else, and that of social interaction.
Another reason for not following my new followers is human error, I did not add them because I did not know that they were following me, so I am grateful when my new followers send me a @reply.
There are many other reasons for not following other users that I have reconsidered, such as recounting soccer games or the Oscar awards for example, but I have learned to tolerate these two types of users, since they are quite a few. Now I join these stories that remind me of the days when television did not exist and we had to listen to important events on the radio, but now it is among several poorly organized “announcers”.