When I first started building my own affiliate sites, secrecy was key. You’d add private registration to your domain name, host it on a separate IP (maybe even a different hosting provider), and not allow anyone to know what sites you owned. I questioned this at the end of 2011:
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:
- 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.
- You’re telling me how to get more followers
- You Tweet in a foreign language
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.
- All you Tweet are links
Twitter isn’t just about sharing links. Twitter asks, “What are you doing?”. If you just wanted to share links, use delicious.
- Keyword Trigger Auto-Follow
Just because I said “Poken” in a tweet, doesn’t mean I’m going to follow the King of Poken.
- Following Too Many People
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
- You Follow Me Again, and Again, and Again…
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.
- All You Do is RT
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.
- You’re Hot
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.
- 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?
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:
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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