One 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.