Recently it seems that I’ve been getting more than a few notifications from people on my Twitter follow list that say “LOOOOK!!! If you want more followers check out this site: http://EasyFollowers.com.”
Am I the only one who finds these types of messages annoying and borderline offensive? Am I the only one who un-follows people who use these types of tools to spam their followers?
See here’s my thing…
I would like to think that the people who follow me on Twitter are doing so because they have a genuine interest in what I tweet about – whether it be what I am working on, what I am doing, or what just popped into my head. There’s never any rhyme or reason to what I post on my Twitter; what I post there is also posted on my Facebook account, because it is a snapshot of my life. Things that aren’t worthy of a blog post, but that I still want to share with my friends.
That’s why I have a personal account, as well as the which sends out a tweet every time a new item is posted on this site. Half the time I won’t tweet on my personal account when I’ve posted something here, simply because I don’t want to spam people with something that they may already know if they are also subscribed to this site’s feed. And sure, sometimes I get so enthusiastic about an article or review I’ve just written that I don’t care, and I’ll tweet about it anyway.
On my personal Twitter account, I don’t generally follow people just because they follow me; I like to follow people that I’ve met in real life, people I email regularly, people who carry on dialogues with me through Twitter, or people who comment on Gear Diary. In fact, if I get a follower who starts talking to me regularly though Twitter, I’ll make it a point to follow them back so that we can direct message and I don’t miss any of the conversation.
Maybe that’s why it bugs me to think of myself as part of a following hoard, which is exactly what happens when I see a tweet starting with “LOOOOK!!!” Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mind if someone I follow has 10 bazillion followers other than me, but I do mind if they got those followers as part of a weird pyramid scheme. I also don’t think it is cool for them to spam their followers (me!) with an advertisement every four hours, just so they can build up their numbers and I guess their bragging rights. I mean, that’s what this is all about, right? Or am I missing something?
If I follow you and you’ve started using a crap service like EasyFollowers or something similar, then you’ll probably figure out that I’ve un-followed you. That’s if you even notice that I’m gone…what with your new hoard of followers, and all.