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Why I Won't Follow You On Twitter

Why I Won’t Follow You On Twitter

This post originally ran on August 30, 2011.

I’m still really new to Twitter, but I love it! It’s a great way to meet people and keep up with what is going on on the world. Because of Twitter, I was the first person in my house to know about the London riots, and usually I am the last to know about any world events. (I know that is really sad!) Anyway, I am quickly learning who I like to follow, and who I want nothing to do with.

So, here are a few reasons why I won’t follow you on Twitter.

You are a catty drama queen.

If you constantly make catty comments or you are always trying to start drama, I will promptly unfollow you. That is not something I want to see in my feed. I unfollowed three bloggers one day because they were making fun of another blogger. I didn’t know the person they were picking on, but I knew from their conversation that these weren’t the kind of people I wanted to follow.

You don’t share.

One of the things I love best about Twitter is that it is so easy to share great web finds with other people. So, I try to follow people who have similar interests as myself in the hope that they will tweet about the things I want to know about. If you never share the great things you are finding on the web, why should I keep following you?

You complain. A lot.

If the most interesting thing you have to tweet is that you have a headache or that you are bored, I don’t want to follow you. We all have bad days, and I think it’s okay to tweet about them, but if that is all you ever tweet about, then you will lose a lot of followers.

You’re a spammer.

Obviously, I’ve been fooled a time or two, but I try to make sure my new followers are real people. If you are a real person that I can make a connection with and I enjoy what you have to say, then I will always follow back. If you aren’t, then I’m not going to follow you.

You’re only following for a follow back

Again, I’ve been fooled once or twice, but if I see you have 12,000 followers and you’re following 12,000 people then I probably won’t follow back. I’ll assume that you’re only following me in hopes I’ll follow back, not because you’re actually interested in what I have to say.

You bash Christians.

I am a strong supporter of free speech and freedom of religion. You have the right to say and believe whatever you want. If you want to make fun of Christians, you go right ahead. I also have a pretty good sense of humor regarding some of things we Christians do, but if you are coming from a place of hate, I won’t be following you.

You only know the word f*ck.

I’m not a complete prude, and I don’t mind seeing the f-bomb every now and then, but if every tweet is nothing but cursing… ugh! Some people know how to use cursing effectively, others are just idiots. And why would I want to follow an idiot?

You never tweet. Ever.

If you never tweet, then I’m going to forget about you. And when I do my regular clean out of the people I’m following, I’ll see your name, think “Who is that?” and then unfollow you. The thing about Twitter is you need to maintain a presence, I’m not saying you have to tweet fifty times a day, but you should make an effort to tweet at least few times each day. Your followers need to have a reason to follow you, ya know?

Why I Won't Follow You On Twitter

So, this is why I would unfollow people, why do you? Let me know in the comments!

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4 responses to “Why I Won’t Follow You On Twitter

  1. It’s so great to meet you, Paula! I followed you over from Dayle’s page and just wanted to send you kudos for not giving up on your writing dream either! =)

    I admire the eloquence in your blog and I especially admire you for this post that you put together! This is the first year I’ve been using Twitter and I’ve really just been following trends, but what you’ve done here is create the foundation for a real community. That’s what tweeting and social media should really be for! =) Thankfully, I don’t think I fall into any of these categories. =P

  2. Hi Samantha! It’s great to meet you too! Thank you so much for you comments! They made me feel really good about my blog and this post! 🙂 I’m checking out your blog right now. It is amazing!