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To follow or not to follow

September 26th, 2010 by Rose DesRochers · 14 Comments

Twitter Etiquette: A guide to getting unfollowed by me

On Twitter everyone’s follow and unfollow policy is different. Some people automatically return-follow everyone who follows them. I don’t, which is obvious if you look at my follow count vs those following me.

Here are some reasons that I may not be following you on Twitter or why I may have unfollowed you.

I’ll unfollow you if:

  • You post the same urls over and over.
  • You’re a snob.
  • No interaction- You never reply to anyone.
  • You post nothing, but links.
  • All you do is RT what others have said. (Some retweeting is good, but your timeline should not consent of all RT’s.)
  • You suffer from NTD. (Only talking about yourself.)
  • You left Twitter. (Obviously I’m not going to continue to follow someone no longer on Twitter.)
  • If your tweet stream becomes nothing but inspirational quotes. (I like quotes as much as the next person, but I can go to my own writing community to read them.)
  • You never reply to me. It’s one thing if you’re @problogger and have 106,334 followers. You can’t possibly keep up with all the tweets you receive, but then there are those who are not among the elite, have fewer followers and yet they can’t take five seconds to respond to your tweet to them.

Reasons I will not follow you on Twitter

  • Your tweets are full of curse words.
  • We previously followed each other, had a fight and we just don’t interact well together on Twitter.
  • You’re a spammer.
  • You have no user avatar.
  • You’re following over 5,000 users, have 20 people following you yet you have not made any updates.
  • You tweet only in a language I don’t speak.
  • Your updates clearly indicate that you only care about promoting your website.
  • You state you need 8 more followers to reach 300.
  • Your Twitter stream promotes illegal drug use.
  • You do have a photo, but it is of a trashy nature resembling that of a porn bot.
  • You are a porn bot. I am not interested in meeting hot singles.
  • Your Tweets involve phrases like Dude, Peace out Lamer, and I am wasted.
  • You followed me only because I mentioned the word Etsy in a tweet.
  • Your twitter name starts with a curse word.
  • You are a celebrity.
  • You tweet nothing but ads.
  • You only retweet and have no original tweets.
  • You are promoting a ‘get more followers on Twitter scheme.’

If I haven’t followed you it may not because any of the reasons listed. It could be that you somehow got lost amongst those following me. Assuming you care enough about me following you, why not introduce yourself by sending me a hello tweet.

Clean up your following Twitter list with The Twit Cleaner

The Twit Cleaner is an app by @sidawson that is designed to help you clean out your twitter account. I love it.

Thanks to Twit cleaner – @Twitcleaner:

  • I unfollowed 11 users who posted nothing, but links.
  • 4 people who kept retweeting the same links.
  • 3 people who didn’t interact with anyone.
  • 5 people whose content was not original.
  • 1 person trying to sell me crap.
  • 12 people who skipped ship on Twitter.

How Do I Look To The Twit Cleaner?

This is what Twit cleaner had to say about me.

You’re awesome! Keep being your wonderful self – you don’t appear on anyone’s reports.

Your opinion counts:

Why do you unfollow or not follow somebody on Twitter? Leave a comment or tweet me.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • Chris Nash
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Love the Twit Cleaner app! I must admit, I tend to follow people upfront that sound interesting, and then unfollow if they don’t interact. (So my followers/following is always skewed the other way, and I continually have to weed out the crap).

    Here’s my unfollow/no-follow criteria:

    * Obvious spammer, porn bot, or non-human;
    * Either follow everyone, followed by no-one (obviously selling), or follow no-one, followed by everyone (full of yourself celebs)
    * Bigotry (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion) or hypocrisy;
    * Think that “mwah” or “glomp” are cute. Nope, they’re insincere, and tell me you’re 12;
    * Don’t match the “two ears one mouth” ratio of how much you talk compared to how much you listen. (I guess that would single out Rose’s NTD ‘sufferers’).

    Short answer I guess is my follow/unfollow policy is pretty much the same as the way I’d associate with people in real life. I think anyone has potential and has value upfront. You’ll lose that if you’re disrespectful, hateful, or obviously self-serving.

    @BloggerTalk is indeed awesome. And, according to @TwitCleaner, so am I 🙂


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Thank you Chris. Yes, you are.

  • Patricia@lavenderuses
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Phew I don’t know what etsy is so not guilty on that one Rose lol
    I noticed some people decide to follow me and before I know it they have me following them but I don’t remember saying I want to follow! As you are getting to know me you will know I am ur original technophobe so don’t understand how this happens!
    I unfollow spam, those whose blog is a bad neighbourhood (as far as I see it) people who are rude and trash other people on Twitter and those who use bad language.
    Patricia Perth Australia


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Etsy is a social commerce website where you can buy and sell everything hand made.

  • Mike Goad
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 7:46 am

    While I did “reserve” my twitter name, I’m still not doin’ it.

    However, this post gave me some ideas for the title of a post:

    ….”To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That is the Question”
    ….”Why I don’t Tweet”
    ….”Why would I ever Want to Tweet”
    ….”Twitter De, Twitter Dumb”
    …. “If Teens aren’t Tweeting, Why Should I.”
    ….”No Thanks, Tweetee”

    I’m not knocking it for anyone else. This is just intended to be a fun comment.


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Do write on those topics. I’ll write on

    “Why I d Tweet.”
    “The blog Elite tweet and so should I.”
    “Teens not Tweeting.”
    “What Should You Tweet About”

  • Jaime-Ann
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I am so glad you wrote this. I am heading over to the app you mentioned to clean up some of the crap on my Twitter account. This should be interesting…. I will let you know my results….


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Yes, do let me know.

  • Jeffrey Baril – Source Blogger
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm


    I can’t stop laughing! “…I am not interested in meeting hot singles…” Hahaha!

    This is the best synopsis of Twitter usage I have ever read. Kudos to you!

    Thanks for mentioning TwitterCleaner, I requested a report.

    p.s. (saw your blog comment) Was surprised to hear you and the “Dummy” (speaking in code) had a history?

    Jeffrey Baril – Source Blogger


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Hmm don’t recall having a history with the person you speak of. I had a history with a different dummy of the same name. 😉

  • Mike Goad
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    @Rose DesRochers: I completed my twitter post earlier today. It’s titled: “Star Trek’s Sir Patrick Stewart doesn’t tweet” and it will be posted in the morning.

  • Karen Cruz
    Wrote: Sep 27, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Great reasons Rose. I’m actually surprised you are still following me lol. You said if your twitter name starts with a curse word. Well what if it ends in one? I actually unfollowed someone today because he was RT some women that had very outright pornographic names. I wondered, how do you tell someone that’s your twitter name? Other people I unfollow or won’t follow
    -People who RT every @reply they get along with their response. I do not want to see your conversation
    -People who tweet such ignorance or hateful things
    Now with the exception of celebrities and those who cuss, I will still follow. I just remember no matter how funny the tweet maybe, not to RT to be mindful of those that are following me. I slipped up a little today but I try not too. I actually do this thing once a month where I will talk to someone I am following and if they don’t respond I unfollow. But I will try out this twit cleaner and see how that works.

  • LisaF
    Wrote: Sep 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I’ve never heard of this Twitter app. It sounds awesome. I’m looking into it today.

    I agree with each of your bullet points. Twitter is like a cocktail party. You wouldn’t use curse words, promote yourself or overtly push your product, only talk about things you’ve read (links), say the same things over and over and over, or worse yet…not say anything at all.

    Let’s all go to the party to have fun, network and create relationships!

  • Dan
    Wrote: Sep 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Those of us who tweet minimally seldom have those problems. {*grin*}

    Mostly we just have to avoid the one twit spam bots