Everyone, and I mean everyone, is welcome to follow me on Twitter. That’s not exactly an earth-shattering statement, but according to many Twitter users, some followers are less desirable than others.
- Porn bots – Twitter accounts that have a scantily clad avatar, are following 1,000-2,000 people, and have ten tweets that are variations of “come see me naked”.
- Spammers – people that use sponsored tweet services, people that send automatic (impersonal) direct messages, and whose tweets are nothing but affiliate links.
- Marketers – people that don’t spam, but still tweet “too much” about deals or products they’ve found online.
- Generally untrustworthy people – this is a vague category, but one that has been gaining traction among some of the people that I follow. When a user doesn’t have a properly filled out Bio or uses a URL shortening service in their Web link, they are deemed untrustworthy. According to Will, ”in my experience, no bio = planning to spam.”
All of these are valid complaints… I suppose. The thing is, I don’t care who follows me. I never block anyone. I don’t automatically follow anyone back. When I get a new follower notice in my email inbox, I don’t often click through. I don’t waste any of my time on these activities. Since I don’t follow the porn bots and the spammers when they follow me, I don’t have to read their junk in my Twitter stream. They can’t send me Direct Messages. They do not impact my Twitter usage at all.
No wasted time + no impact on my stream = I don’t care who follows me. [click to continue…]