5 Reasons I Will Never Follow You Back On Twitter

Twitter has always been my favorite place for engaging and building relationships with people online, and getting traffic.  Second would be donated to Facebook and 3rd probably to LinkedIn.  In the last 3 months Twitter has been in my top 5 for traffic sources to my blog, and that’s largely thanks to using JustRetweet.

I’m always chuffed when I see like minded people who share the same interests, goals and ambitions wanting to make a connection with me on Twitter, or have chosen to follow me.  I always make an encouraging effort to follow them back and then try to establish a relationship with many of my followers, usually those who interact with me on other social sites such as Facebook and also my blog, however I don’t always follow everybody that decides to follows me, and in this post I want to share with you some valid reasons why.

Reasons Why I Won’t Follow You Back On Twitter…

1. You think you’re Barack Obama, Brad Pitt or Steve Jobs…

Yes I know you admire Mr Obama and what ever it is that he does, but seriously why the heck are you using the face of some other famous person as your Twitter profile image?

Do you think you’re going to get popular and get thousands of Twitter followers by doing so?  Because you’re seriously aren’t.  If anything you’re going to put a lot of people off, and possibly even give the impression to some people that you’re nothing more than a spammer, and personally I don’t want to follow someone who’s going to spam me with crap, no disrespect.

So if this sounds like you or something you’re doing, consider changing your tactic quickly.  You should always try and use your own image, that’s an image of yourself and not a celebrity image or company logo either.

2. Your profile bio sucks BIG TIME!

Why are you on Twitter exactly, can you tell me?

Because as far as I can see, I can’t tell jack shit from reading your profile bio, again no disrespect, and since I can’t read your profile bio properly or worst still, you don’t have one, that means I can’t get to know who you are and what you do, therefore I cannot follow you back.

Not having a profile bio to me spells laziness, and if you’re too lazy to fill in your bio and use a real photo of yourself, why are you even on Twitter?

3. Your recent tweets are no interest to me

When someone follows me, I get a nice notification through to my iPhone or iPad, I rarely use Twitter on my desktop computer.  After checking the above two points I don’t usually go as far as checking tweets if I think you’re just another spammer on Twitter.

However if I’m impressed with your profile so far, I’ll check out your tweets, and if it’s related or I’m interested in the resource you’re sharing, I’ll follow you back.  But if you appear to be talking to yourself, i.e. ranting on about what you last had to eat or what you’re watching on TV, I’m not remotely interested, and I simply won’t follow you back.

Also without prejudice, if you’re tweeting in a different language that I cannot understand other than English, I clearly wouldn’t be encouraged to follow you back.

One more thing, if I notice that you tweet relentlessly non-stop, in other words too frequently, and… you don’t RT other content and resources from other users, only your own content, I also won’t be following you back.

4. You follow hundreds of people, but hardly anyone is following you…

Well that just says it all…

5. I decide to follow you, but then you ruin it totally…

Oh boy! what a failure… If it’s one thing that I can’t stand and that’s spam.  If I decide to follow you back, it’s the start of a good thing, but then you decide to send me a spammy direct message thanking me for following you back accompanied by your spammy link?  It’s a total waste of time, I don’t need a thank you message! and secondly I don’t need to have your spammy link about ‘your proven success strategy for instant wealth’ shoved in my face…  Sorry if it sounds harsh and blunt but the moment that happens, you’re instantly unfollowed.

Over to you…

Well freinds today you’ve learned the 5 reasons as to why I won’t be following back you Twitter, ever…  Let me know your thoughts?  Do you agree with any of my points above, do you have your own points to add?  Start a conversation with me in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you.  And when you’re done, you can follow me on Twitter at @VanMarciano and see if I follow you back.

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  • http://twitter.com/guidetoweb Nizam Khan

    Nice and detailed post! Well, a real and good profile picture does matters a lot with a good bio. And as said 4rth point says it all, so it’s better to follow those who are relevant to your niche or interest. Thanks for sharing :)

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hey Nizam, thanks for stopping by bro, I absolutely agree, a lot of people don’t get the most from Twitter, as in traffic and interaction because they’re following the wrong sort of people. I think if any blogger is thinking of starting with Twitter it’s a good idea to follow as many of your blogging connections as possible and get them to follow you back, and then begin looking for new followers in the same niche and topic interests outside of your blogging circle.

  • Sarah Park

    Having a good and impressive profile is indeed very important in a Twitter or any other social media account. This creates a first impression.

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      I agree Sarah, it’s all about first impressions :)

  • Sam@Goa trip

    Today everyone wants to get success as soon as possible and in between that they forget those all things which are important to notice to achieve success in online marketing. So first of all they should make strong social network for himself and then they should go ahead.

  • http://inspiretothrive.com/ Lisa Buben

    LOL, I could relate to this one Fabrizio. I can’t stand when there are no bio’s included in their profile. No clue where they are there. I also will not follow eggheads. I have many interests so sometimes I find it hard to narrow down my niche on Twitter. It is my favorite social place online. I found this post via JustRetweet :)

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment, yeah eggheads lol, how can anybody be so lazy as to not change their profile image from the default ‘egghead’ I really don’t know. Great to know you found this post on good ol’ JustRetweet