Friday, September 4, 2009

The Art of the Twitter Unfollow

Subtitled: How to be unintentionally annoying on the twitter

Yes, I'm still in a mood...

Some people just have a knack for sucking the fun out of EVERYTHING! Case in point - people who think twitter is some contest to see who can get the most followers.

Okay, I openly admit that it's a bit of an ego boost to have a bunch of followers, but that is SO not the point. It's social media people - that's means to socialize, not cover my tweetdeck with your ginormous head and tell me how you've been voted the top tweeter with the most followers. REALLY? That's amazing considering the only other thing you ever tweet besides "Look how great I am" is lame @$$ jokes and tired old quotes that are no doubt automatically generated by some robot.

And yes, I will also openly admit that Twitter and other social media outlets are outstanding ways to promote an idea or even a product. But if you think you're going to get me to pay attention to you just because you have a few thousand followers you're wrong.

Engage me. Make me laugh or cry or think or pray or ponder an alternative opinion. But shut up about your stupid self all the time! Yeah, I talk about myself a lot, but that's just me being adorably annoying. It's what I do.

But I also have conversations with people. THAT'S SORT OF THE POINT.

Which bring me to my next point: These trolling services that seek out new people to follow so that you can get a courtesy refollow. Then, if the person doesn't refollow you within a certain time (usually 24 hrs), it automatically unfollows that person. Unless the unsuspecting person uses NutShellMail.com, they never even know you unfollowed them. LAME, people! L-A-M-E!

So how do we fight this? Well first off, if you're not signed up for Nutshell or similar service, do so. It will give you updates on follows, unfollows, DMs - replies, the whole she-bang sent to you via email. I dig it the most. Next, unless you know the person, wait 24 hours before you refollow them. If you get an alert from NutShell saying they have unfollowed you, then you will know that they could care less about your tweets. You're just another lemming follower to them.

Know this - if I'm following you, it's because I have taken the time to look over your profile and found you engaging in some way or another. Either that or you're Chris Daughtry, who last time I checked IS STILL NOT FOLLOWING ME! But I'm not bitter...

And now that I have ranted incessantly on my Friday twitter update post, I have no room for tweets. But don't worry - it was a banner week and I will update later today. Which, of course - I will tweet over and over again...

Sincerely,


@katdish
Gaining followers the old fashioned way: One annoying tweet at a time.

23 comments:

Helen said...

I don't automatically click refollow either. The first thing I do is check to see if they have any @replies to people I follow. Then I know how our paths crossed. Sometimes I miss people, but pick them up on Follow Friday when I see friends recommending them, or that they sent me an @reply.

Of course, Mark Twain and St. Cookie Monster were automatically followed by me without question. Who could resist Mark Twain or a muppet? Oh, and sauerkraut...I followed sauerkraut, too, on purpose.

Stretch Mark Mama said...

Seems like lately I've both gained and lost 10-20 followers a day. AUTOBOTS, roll out! :)

Wendy said...

Yup, if you're not going to talk to me on Twitter, or at least keep me entertained, I won't follow back. And like Helen, I look to see who else they're following before I'll follow back. Oh, and I will totally unfollow people. Sometimes just for fun.

Bridget Chumbley said...

I need to use one of those deals since I can't stand all the bots that follow/unfollow me daily.

I'm honored that I somehow managed to get you to follow me back...I hope nobody figures out I'm really a bot...ha!

Elaina M. Avalos said...

I don't really get Twitter. I thought I did but now I don't. I have a love, hate, tolerate, adore, despise all over again relationship with the Twitter. Yeah, I don't really get it. But I'm trying.

Joanna said...

The twitter spammers that annoy me the most are the self proclaimed "social media experts". If they really were such experts they should have learned how to write more interesting tweets.

Holly Brennan said...

Preach it, girl! That aspect of twitter drives me crazy. I hate finding out that I have new followers and they turn out to be some of those freaky spambots, or social media wanna-be experts.

Melissa from the Blue House said...

I totally don't get WHY someone who doesn't know me would WANT to follow me?? Well ~ I guess you just explained it ~ to get the courtesy return-follow from ME so they can sell me something I guess.

My last follower was named Sexual Chocolate. I didn't return the follow. :)

LeLe said...

I hate the trolls. I eventually had to set my profile to private because I was getting so many hxxrny kitty Britney bots.

Lianne said...

Thanks for turning me onto the Nutshell Mail. It has changed my life. I didn't realize how many followers I was getting every day because Twitter sporadically tells me when I have a new one. (Big thanks on that, Twitter.)

The Twitter Skank Hos have been extremely busy lately. If your name is Mxzlkdjfk and you have a picture of some skank with a part of someone else's anatomy, there's a high likelihood (a.k.a. "certainty") that I will block you.

Liz said...

Love this post...and totally agree! You have explained a lot and I am going right now to check out nutshell.
Thanks!

Billy Coffey said...

So let me get this straight, you DON'T want me using these trolling services? Because you were kinda vague on that point.

I'm still trying to get used to Twitter, but I have to say it's done wonders for my self-esteem. I never knew I was so attractive to porn stars.

Marni said...

I don't follow you back unless:

1. know you or know of you
2. someone I know told me about you

Like Wendy, I might randomly unfollow peeps for a while. Sometimes they just get whiny or "noisy" as I like to call them. But then the PMS goes away and I'm happy again and I'll refollow.

Did you see that some social media group (can't recall the name. The Google will know) will sell you 1,000 facebook friends for $200 or 5,000 facebook friends for $700?

Loser, that's what comes to mind for me ;-)

FaithBarista Bonnie said...

I didn't know about Nutshell, Kat! Thank you.

Yes, twittering is about forming points of connection, authentic relational points. Neat thing, it's with people it'd be hard to know about without twitter.

Like housecleaning, I have to go through the chore of cleaning up my follow list of twitter autobots and people who want to use my followers list as free advertisement.

Twittering's supposed to BE FUN.

Having fun is important to my spiritual health, and these twittering spammers are giving me a headache.

jasonS said...

I don't know, Kat- you got this one all wrong. I don't relate to anything you're saying. :)

Tony C said...

Thanks for the Nutshell referral. That's exactly what I need!

Peter P said...

I'm with Billy on this one...

Are you saying you do or you don't like bots?

...and of course, this is easy for you to write when you already have over 800 followers!

lynnmosher said...

LOL! I loved this. Great post! Thanks so much for the link to NutshellMail. Just signed up. Cool!

And Billy's comment was too funny! Thanks for the giggle of the day, Billy!

Heather Sunseri said...

You crack me up katdish. And Billy Coffey made me laugh out loud (which I seldom do when reading comments).

Joanne Sher said...

Sooo funny! I only "refollow" folks if their first page of follows looks interesting, or if I know them. I've JUST started blocking on occasion. And I'll unfollow if someone is totally filling up my tweetdeck with junk. And I've just started doing the "block" thing.

victortravison said...

It is disconcerting to get porn invites when I'm out for a little morally clean fun. But I can usually put them off with some ease. The Block link on their wall comes in real handy. :-D

I had one little flirt, however, who kept changing her name and coming back, not only on Twitter, but on my Yahoo IM account. Apparently she was very computer savvy, but not so smart in taking no for an answer. I finally told her she was not welcome on my computer, and she hasn't come back. >keeping fingers crossed<

Thank you for the article.

Bradley J. Moore said...

Now I officialloy consider you a soial media expert, because I actually learned a few things here today.Yes, go ahead and say it, "Well, DUH, Brad!"
I don't spend enough time on Twitter to learn all these sly little details.

THX @KATDISH! U ROCK ON TWITTER!

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