Why I Don’t Follow You on Twitter

I love Twitter as a communication tool. But I don’t follow everyone who follows me. Right now, I’m following only about 60% of my followers.

When someone new follows me, the notification gets a label in Gmail, and I go through those every day or so. Within a second or two, I decide if I’m going to follow that person back. Here are 10 reasons (in no particular order) why I don’t follow back:

  1. 0 Tweets
    0 Tweets
    If you haven’t tweeted anything, I’m not going to follow you. I don’t know what you’re going to say, and odds are, you’re just looking to spam me.
  2. You’re telling me how to get more followers
    How to get 19530 followers
  3. You Tweet in a foreign language
    English, please
    Sorry, I only speak English, PHP, and a bit of French. If you’re tweeting in another language, I’m not going to follow you.
  4. All you Tweet are links
    Just Links
    Twitter isn’t just about sharing links. Twitter asks, “What are you doing?”. If you just wanted to share links, use delicious.
  5. Keyword Trigger Auto-Follow
    I said Poken
    Just because I said “Poken” in a tweet, doesn’t mean I’m going to follow the King of Poken.
  6. Following Too Many People
    Like you care?
    If you’re following nearly 6,000 people, I know you’re not really following them. I want to know that you care about what I’m saying. If you don’t care what I’m saying, I don’t care what you have to say
  7. You Follow Me Again, and Again, and Again…
    Get a life
    I saw it the first time, and I decided not to follow you. The second time was just annoying. The third time you get blocked.
  8. All You Do is RT
    RT King
    I don’t mind a ReTweet now & again, but if that’s all you do, I’m not going to follow you. I may, however, follow the people you RT.
  9. You’re Hot
    Hot or Not?
    Sorry to all the hot chicks out there, but on Twitter, if you’re hot, you’re probably a slimeball spammer waiting to throw me dating links.
  10. Protected Tweets
    If I don’t know who you are, and you have your Tweets protected, there’s no way I’m going to follow you back.

So if you’re following me on Twitter, and I’m not following you, this is probably why. However, if you’re a real person, leave a comment below and I may follow you. I’m not mean, but I try to read every tweet from each of the people I follow, so I have to be picky.

What’s your following policy?

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GoDaddy & Twitter

It seems everyone’s making money from Twitter, except Twitter. Even GoDaddy is getting involved. When I logged into my Domain Manager today, I saw this message:
GoDaddy's Twitter notice

I thought I’d check it out, so I went to a certain domain and checked the enhancements:

Of course, being the savvy marketer that I am, the username is already taken

So what’s GoDaddy getting out of this? The total package. Twitter is all the rage, and their users know it. Showing that GoDaddy understands this, too, helps reassure their users that GoDaddy is embracing emerging technologies and is ahead of the game.

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