- Their ratio of following/followers
- Their amount of followers
- The language they tweet in
- What they tweet about (topics)
- How often they tweet
- How many RT’s
- How many useless quotes from “famous people”
And then I also look for “Get a bazillion followers in less than 30 seconds just by looking out your window!”-kinda tweets. If any of those appears, I won’t follow. Now, I won’t go through their entire history to spot those, I don’t mind if they appear every now and then, just make sure they’re not above the fold when I look at your twitter stream to decide if I want to follow you or not.
I do like find it funny, however, those tweets where it says “get a thousand followers for free, visit http://…..” – and then the user himself only has a few hundred followers, or less. How ironic.
Should you pass my “approval process” and I decide to follow you – then here’s what I would prefer not to see from you, as it will only make me unfollow you again:
Note the timeframe – all those tweets within minutes… and that’s not even all of them (I just couldn’t fit more within the screenshot).
I don’t mean to bash on that particular user retweeting all those stories, but I did actually unfollow him. If you wanna RT like that, it’s fine by me, I just don’t follow you (anymore) 🙂
Then again, there are Twitter users who tweet what they had for lunch and they tweet when they’re recycling that same lunch later on, into the toilet. That’s also fine by me, but I probably won’t follow you.
Point of the story: Twitter is what you make it to be. If you decide to follow all the lunch recyclers because that’s what you like, then that’s perfectly okay. If you prefer to follow those who RT news stories from Disney Land 24/7, that’s also a way to use Twitter and perfectly okay.
Me? I try to follow those who are in the tech/blogging/SEO/marketing business. And maybe a celebrity every now and then.
Happy tweeting – and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!