Monday, 5 December 2016

I follow you back if.... #Twitter @TerryTyler4 #Humour #MondayBlogs


On Twitter, I do my 'follow backs' once every few days, and make snap decisions based on my first impressions of each profile.  The other day I noticed that I only follow back about 50%, and decided (because I love lists and bullet points) to write this summary.

So...  I follow you back if:

(nb, liking The Walking Dead, South Park and Aerosmith is not essential!)
  • you are a writer, except if you write porn.
  • you love books, and are an avid reader.
  • you are a blogger, particularly a book blogger.
  • you love The Walking Dead.
  • you love South Park and/or Netflix.
  • you come from or write about/post pictures of Iceland, Alaska, Greenland, the Arctic/Antarctic, Scandinavia, etc.  Or anywhere cold, barren and beautiful.
  • you write or are interested in history.
  • your bio makes me laugh.
  • you seem like like a fairly normal person, without massive airs, graces or worrying personality defects.
  • you have a picture of yourself for your bio and you don't fall in any of the 'I don't follow you back if' categories.
  • you like rock music, partic Aerosmith.
  • you like any other sort of music/films/TV/books that I like (extensive list!).
  • you're a bit of a rocker, generally.
  • you are a travel blogger about places that interest me.
  • you look as if you're good fun.
  • you are an artist or photographer, a poet, a crafter, a musician, or pretty much anything creative.  Or a librarian, a teacher, a geologist, an editor, a journalist, an environmentalist, a historian ... you get the picture.


    I don't follow you back if:
    • you claim to be a social media influencer (which is actually odd, because this doesn't 'influence' me to follow you back).
    • you claim to be a bestselling/award winning author when you aren't.
    • the account is a for book, rather than the author (I don't follow inanimate objects).
    • you claim to be a guru or an expert in ANYTHING.
    • your bio is full of buzzwords and phrases (content creator, mindfulness, mompreneur, etc).
    • your profile is nothing but links to your profiles on other social media sites.  If I wanted to follow you on Facebook/Instagram/God Knows Where Else, I'd be on that site, not this one.
    • your profile picture is of genitalia 
    • you are offering me sexy girls, or a link to another site so that I may have sex chats with you (the last two: one of the downfalls of having a unisex name!). 
    • you want me to buy your book marketing services.
    • you have words like SEO, webinar (what is wrong with calling it an online seminar???  Is it so hard?) and marketing in your bio, separated by vertical lines, and you have one of those super-professional marketing person type profile pictures.  All you want is my money, right?
    • your bio is written in the third person (because it looks as though you have someone 'doing your social media for you', whose only aim will be to promote your work)
    • your bio is in a foreign language (simply because I can't understand what it says; it might say 'sexual deviant and professional hacker' for all I know).
    • you are promising to boost my Twitter profile, but only have 3k followers.  I have nearly 80K.  Suggest you choose better 'marks'.
    • you have no bio.
    • you have no profile picture.
    • your bio is a mass of hashtags and little else ~ yes, it may make you hit all categories, but it also makes you look like a desperate robot.  If indeed robots feel desperation.  You know what I mean.  (Thanks Carol!)
    • your profile picture is a business logo, unless the business really interests me, and the bio is otherwise well written.
    • you want me to give you money (mention of gofundme or Kickstarter in the bio).
    • your bio asks me to buy or 'check out' something.
    • your bio shows only interests that I don't share (nothing personal, but if you love chick lit, football, hip hop music, Geordie Shore, cricket, GTA, cars or whatever, we will have nothing in common).
    •  you promise to deliver me followers or 'likes' or blog views or anything similar, on any site.
    • you profile picture is a beautiful girl, your header a wonderful scene, and your bio is nothing but an incorrectly spelled quote.  See, I know you're not really that beautiful girl and are probably a potential spammer/hacker. 



    • You claim to be a 'thought leader', or to have the power to motivate or inspire me.  I suspect you're not, you haven't, and you won't.  Those who make such claims seldom are/have/will; I am not inspired by churned out, hackneyed 'motivational' memes, which is (experience tells me) is usually what such profiles offer.....
     




    24 comments:

    1. Love this, Terry, and agree with most, but just a special plea for those of us who have inadvertently lost their profile pictures – it’s not deliberate!

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      1. Oh, I thought you'd done that white space thing to be outre; I thought it was rather cool!!!

        I'm talking about follow backs, when I do a follow back session of new followers ... perhaps I should have been more specific!!!!

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    2. Please add to the invitation to 'check out' something - the suggestion that I 'grab' something. It sounds very bad-mannered!

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      1. Yes, I loathe that too, as you know, but isn't it usually in a tweet, rather than a bio? So you don't see it when you make the decision whether or not to follow back! (lol)

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    3. Hi Terry - I was seriously thinking about getting my act into gear with Twitter - but now I just don't think I can face it ... But great post here ... thanks for that - cheers Hilary

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    4. Oh heck. I like cricket. Please don't unfollow me!

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      1. Ahem. I think you tick at least 50% of the other boxes, and as I said to someone else, it is not ESSENTIAL that you like The Walking Dead!!!!

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    5. #also #if #you #have #lots #of #hashtags

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    6. Great list, Terry!

      Lately I've been unfollowing folks who tweet but are never really on Twitter in real time. It's all auto-tweets or just an echo of what they post on Facebook. If I see that the person actually has some real-time chit chat with peeps here and there, I'll keep following.

      p.s. Love that top cartoon!

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      1. Oh totally, Tui :)

        I was thinking when I did this about my instant decision when I do a follow back session every few days, and skim down the followers list to see who to following back, so I only see the bio, but I agree with everything you say. I follow a lot of people so I find that app users just fall off my radar; I do twitter via my Notifications and Mentions, and stuff I see RTd on other pages, so if you never interact, never retweet, etc, I never see you!!!

        When I do my follow backs I do make a note of any bio that looks particularly interesting/up my street, and click on, have a look, RT.... because WE know how to use Twitter, don't we??!! :)

        I love it too! xx

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    7. Ha ha that's brilliant!! *rushes to amend bio before TT unfollows* ;)

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      1. Ha ha! I don't even know what the bios of my chums actually say. I never unfollow anyone once I've followed them, unless they're rude to me, then I block them. This is just based on first impressions!

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    8. I comment and follow and love the reasons above, but am sad when a liker and chatter still fails to follow... 😢 I am concearned you will un follow, because I am a tad... bonkers as all the best people are. 😇😉

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      1. Exactly, all the best people! I never bother to unfollow anyone unless they're rude to me - this is based on my follow backs that I do once every few days, and whether or not I will follow them back based on their profile, that's all.

        I know, it's disappointing when someone you think looks really interesting doesn't follow back, isn't it!

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    9. I've noticed that lots of people unfollow if I don't follow back immediately, showing their only interest in me was to gain a follower. I now wait a day or two to rule them out.

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      1. Oh yes, I've heard about that! Seems so petty!

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    10. You said it! The bots have gotten smarter and it takes me longer to make decisions now but posting random articles on their feed (and they all post the same ones) just makes me sigh and move on.

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      1. I know, haven't they??? Sometimes I've actually followed one of those profiles mentioned above... then I notice that the next 6 are of similar ilk!!

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