I've had a rash of people following me with loads of likers and never even tweeted, this is guaranteed to make me not follow you. I don't see the point in these kinds of accounts. After receiving notifcation of someone following me I will always check out their profile, just as you suggest. Thanks for sharing
Those are exactly the same factors I take into account when deciding whom to follow. Currently, Tweets/ Followers Ratio is the one I skip as tweet counter is broken for the last few days on a lot of profiles. On my profile it shows 23 tweets instead of 2000.
Great Post, Mark. You may be interested in checking out a related post I wrote about 1 year ago on "How To Identify Quality and Relevant Twitter Users" http://rbeale.com/social-media-marketing/twitter-...
Some solid, sensible advice here Mark. The main one I use a lot is the follower/tweet ratio and checking out the last few tweets to make sure they are not a bot. Although I have to confess to having more simply because I follow a few news / information sites and tweeters along with some humorous parody accounts that are simply not going to follow back - I follow because I'm naturally nosy and if my feed is just SEM and SEO tweets I would become dull and boring - all work and no play n all that. To stop tweets getting "lost in the noise", twitter lists are good to split them out. I also use "Qwitter" to monitor who unfollows - that way I can see accounts that follow just to get a follow back to build follower numbers. And it also gives me a good indication of which of my tweets upset people!
As noted by my stats, I follow most people back. And I do this on auto follow so that people can DM me. Yes, I get a LOT of spam, but lately, I have also had lots of quality interaction as well. I typically purge my account of people who never update or people who are straight up spammers, hence why I have a slight larger amount of followers than following, but overall, that's the strategy I stick with. It comes in handy to give people the ability to DM me by following them, as some people send me messages that really do need to be private, and not publicly tweeted.
Thats a really good point. I think if people use the strategy you follow, it is important to do a little house cleaning on your account and unfollow users who are not active or you don't engage with often. Personally I don't follow everyone that follows me, but as long as you seem like an actual human (not automated tweets) and have similar interests I will follow them back.
Nice post - my advice is to stop following too many people. You will get more out of twitter since the good stuff will not be lost in the noise.
I really don't spend much time looking for people to follow. At this point I follow people that follow me that either interact with me or have a solid history of interacting with others. Especially if it specifically applies to me, but in all I keep who I follow pretty clean and tight.
Yeah I think once you get to a certain point, people will start to find you...not the other way around. I think it is still important to follow people back who may still be starting out (we were all there once). For me it could be a great way to introduce new readers to my blog and engage with them :-)
Mark, I think this is sound advice. I've only been active on Twitter for the last few months, but I have one rule in addition to yours: I don't follow people who are in dubious businesses (in my opinion). This means I usually look at the website and actually see what they're doing and how they're doing it. I do look at the Followers/Following ratio, but, as you say, it's not a clear indicator of quality.