There seems to be a lot of unspoken rules about how to use Twitter. In truth, no one has the time to explain to you the secret society Twitt-shakes. You’re left to your own devices to figure it out #LoserNewbie #GetaClue. So to become a super savvy #TwitterRockStar, I’ve been doing some 007 James-Bond-style scouting these last four months since I’ve joined, and I think I’ve finally cracked the code.
You won’t get followed if :
1. Too many followers, but don’t follow enough in return: I’m not suggesting you auto-follow people; (unless you really want to jam up your screen with hundreds or thousands of tweets that you’ll never be able to keep up with), but at least make a concerted effort towards others. You’re not the only one worth knowing. There’s a ton of crazy, hilarious, and helpful folks out there so reach out.
2. Tweeting Too Often: Don’t fill up someone’s screen with 10,000 mundane tweets about your dog’s new sweater. Personal information is great; funny and entertaining, just don’t go overboard. I get a bit tired of the pet worshippers who have NOTHING else to say. They get an instant UNFOLLOW from me.
3. Not Tweeting Enough: If you don’t Tweet regularly, it’s simple- you’re a stranger. So we UNFOLLOW
4. Comments Are Impersonal: Retweeting and posting links is great; it’s part of what makes Twitter awesomesauce. But social media should be at least somewhat SOCIAL, or what’s the point? We’re dying to know about your quirks, bourbon habits, pet peeves, and work-related blow-outs.
5. Tooting Your Own Horn Too Much: You see this advice posted a lot and STILL people do it. You should definitely update your followers on your projects, accomplishments, signings, etc. But doing it too much is like clogging the waves with a bunch of spam. It’s annoying as hell and it makes you seem like an ego-maniac. UNFOLLOW
6. Listing 100 Tweeple for #FF: #FridayFollow hashtag is a great way to uncover new people. When someone I enjoy following makes a recommendation, I often check out their suggestions. But if you send list after list after list every Friday, it becomes a meaningless stream of dribble and clogs up my TweetDeck, making me irritated. UNFOLLOW
FOLLOW Me @msheatherwebb. I’m looking for new folks to follow, too.
Do you have other reasons to UNFOLLOW?