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Why Do You Get Dropped? January 26, 2009

As much as we are all addicted to this little Twitter friend of ours, there are some that are just abusing it.

Why do you get dropped?

I love getting my TweetLess Tweet every week telling me that soANDso has stopped following me & soANDso has started.  Nine times out of ten, the people who drop me with-in the first week of them stalking following me are those just looking for a quick buck.  Now, why on earth would these spammers (ok, lets just call a spade a spade here) drop me?  They have an agenda that goes something like this (IMHO):

They “found” me & followed the Twitter rules by adding X amount of Tweeple a day.
They added me in the hopes that I would take their Auto DM bait of: “hey, thanks for the follow! Be sure to check out this widget that I am pimping to you…my-new-best-Twitter-Friend!”
YEA RIGHT
I check them out, via their profile & find out they are selling the latest & greatest widget.  This widget can be (and unfortunately is) someones attempt to chat to the masses via Twitter because someone told them to do so w/out fully understanding what a conversational dialog is vs. shoving your product down your throat is.  (There is a better analogy of this by Chris  Broganhere…and I love saying it to people just to see the look on their face!  Yea, it’s that good).
Result: I don’t follow them & I get dropped w/in the week.  Ahhhh, schucks.

Good ridden I say!  If you don’t see the value in creating dialog with me (and most others on Twitter) instead of spamming me, then the age old saying of survival of the fittest will flourish.  Twitter is the ultimate OPT IN experiment.  If people don’t find value in your content, YOU WILL BE DROPPED and your ratio of who follows you will be way less than the number of people you follow.  This should be a huge clue that you should fire who ever told you to get on Twitter.

Why do you drop people?

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3 Responses to “Why Do You Get Dropped?”

  1. Michael Boss Says:

    I follow a pretty simple criteria for who to follow/drop: are their tweets primarily “hey, look at what I’m doing right now” (the 140 character version of Facebook), or do their observations cause me to smile, think, or advance my understanding of topics/issues that I’m interested in.

    Hopefully, people follow or drop me for the same reason.

  2. jenharris Says:

    Mike-
    A great rule to follow, thanks so much for your thoughts!
    You make me smile, think & advance my understanding of many things…many things!
    xoxo
    -jen

  3. Right on, Jen! I wish the Twitter spammers would get a clue. I suspect it’s not long before we have anti-spam Twitter software…I’m sure someone is working on it right now in a garage somewhere.

    George


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