Are you being followedOne of the great positives about Twitter is being followed. To think that someone went to all the trouble of finding you and clicking the ‘follow’ button because you seem interesting, intelligent, communicative and honest really can make your day. However, the truth of the matter is that about half of these welcome follows are by machine and not people. Bots as they are called. But really this is not a big issue, as you just ignore them and they usually go away as automatically as they came.

The fifty percent or so who are human and found you interesting enough to follow will stay. Well, as long as you are interesting.

Then perhaps, comes the not so welcome part. The unfollow. But don’t fret as this is also part of the beauty of Twitter. I consider it the sorting process of your social contacts. I like to follow people with similar interest to myself, and of course as a writer of books I’m hoping people will notice this fact and possibly be interested enough to look at my blog, website and books.

But of course there are some I follow who turn out to be boring, pesky, crude or for what ever reason, an unpleasant addition to my timeline. So, I unfollow with a clear conscience. We were never going to get on now were we? As I’m sure other users do to me. ‘Don’t like this guy.’ *click* Unfollow @Derek_Haines – no hard feelings.

The only problem I have with this very open platform where permission is not needed to link up with another user, is that there is no way of knowing if you have followed and unfollowed a user previously. For some reason Twitter doesn’t want us to have this tool and for the life of me, I don’t know why. I see a large number of users (perhaps bots, perhaps not) continually following and then 2 days later unfollowing me. It’s most annoying. It is also annoying for me if I follow someone I have previously unfollowed as I certainly don’t want to be a pest.

I would really like to see an addition to Twitter, where if you click to follow a user a message asks ‘You have unfollowed this user previously. Do you want to follow again?’ or something similar.


You Are Being Followed?
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13 thoughts on “You Are Being Followed?

  • 11/07/2011 at 5:04 pm

    Cool post and photo. Yes, I retweeted this.

    I don’t spend time on this, but I do stop following those who spam or feel they must use 4 letter words, I hear enough of them from my teen.

  • 11/07/2011 at 5:08 pm

    Don’t know about you Derek, but the ones that really make me wonder why they are ‘following’ me are companies like US based Real Estate agents. I live in the UK, not the US???? :D

  • 11/07/2011 at 5:13 pm

    The following bots seem to appear and disappear mysteriously. I surely did not tweet that I was interested in Mitt Romney!

  • 11/07/2011 at 5:22 pm

    This is cool.

  • 11/07/2011 at 5:26 pm

    Keywords!! Don’t you just hate them! Mention anything starting from Gaga to iPad. That’s it! You’re done! Today a few verified accounts of Las Vegas casinos started following.

    Nope. No idea how. I only know BlackJack!

    I think Twitter doesn’t want to see them go! That’s the whole problem!

  • 12/07/2011 at 12:37 am

    I love the following aspect of Twitter! I usually get a touch bothered when I’m unfollowed, yet there have been people where I feel they just…eeks, aren’t for me. I’m trying to get better at actually communicating with people on twitter and responding to their tweets. That has been the most successful for me. I am usually annoyed at people who NEVER respond to you on Twitter. (even if it’s just a “THANK YOU”)

  • 12/07/2011 at 1:31 am

    Love the photo. I think that a button, such as the one you described, would be a good addition to twitter. I’m still learning about twitter, I feel like such a newbie, but I’m getting better. I feel odd about not following all of those who follow me but sometimes when I read their profiles, I just want to back away slowly. Okay I’ll stop rambling now.

    • 12/07/2011 at 8:52 am

      Hi Joelle! Yes, Twitter takes some figuring out. But you’ll get there. And thanks for reading my blog :)

  • 12/07/2011 at 6:38 pm

    I have a solution for you. When you unfollow someone you then need to block the account. Blocking is permanent until you ever decide you wish to unblock. What happens when you block is if the account tries to follow you again, the follow does not occur. It can boggle some minds…I know, I’ve boggled a few because I didn’t realize they had more than one account. You can even unblock in that scenario and the person will never ever know you blocked them. They assume it’s just a Twitter fail. So all is good. I’ve started using block more often then not when checking out new follows and you get those weird follows with the no avatar and no tweets but following thousands and no one is following back….does this sound familiar? Hope this helps.

  • 12/07/2011 at 6:51 pm

    I unfollow people for mostly one reason: junking my timeline by tweeting 400 times per minute!


  • 12/07/2011 at 7:50 pm

    I try to follow real people, and not corporations trying to get my sale. People have things to say that are sometimes very interesting and about things I hadn’t thought to look up myself. That said, I attempt to not “push” my own products constantly — while they are part of my life.This isn’t always an easy balance.

    And like Troy James above, I unfollow people who junk my timeline.

  • 12/07/2011 at 8:59 pm

    I’m still fairly new to Twitter and am learning. Still, I have already unfollowed a couple of people because, as you said, it just won’t going to happen. Am enjoying tweeting, though. Am afraid I got a bit carried away last night watching The Bachelorette! Hope no one unfollowed me!

  • 15/10/2011 at 2:20 am

    That would be a great tool to have. As would solving a problem that I find especially annoying. The people who follow you, then immediately unfollow you as soon as you follow them back. That sentence sounds really stupid, but I’m too tried to try to figure out a better way to phrase it. I know why they do it…after all, who wouldn’t like to rate up there with the celebrities, who follow a handful of people…but are followed by thousands?

    I still don’t get what’s so great about Twitter, but I’m trying. And I expect others to play as fair as I do.

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