How do you determine who you follow back? Is it with an auto follow tool? Do you hand pick each and every one, and if you do, do you have a specific process for this?
I have been using Twitter since early 2007 and have tried many different ways to not only follow “real” accounts back, but to also cut down the actual time spent following back accounts.
Let me introduce you to the “Three Strikes, You’re Out” tactic.
When you are logged in on Twitter.com and you click a new followers name you will see a preview of the Twitterer appear to the right. This is the only chance about 99.9% of people that follow me get to entice me into following them back. The first thing I look at and really the only thing that influences my decision is the Recent Tweets section.
1. If your three recent Tweets are all links like this one, I won’t follow you.
2. RTs are great, but if all three of these are nothing but a retweet (especially retweeting the same account), I won’t follow you UNLESS you are commenting along with the RT.
3. Are you engaging? @Replies that are social and seem to be carrying on a nice conversation is exactly what I’m looking for. If I see this even just once, I WILL follow you.
Social Media is meant to be social. It’s good to have a healthy balance of engagement, promotion, link sharing and retweets.
What are your thoughts?
Do you have any specifics to following and unfollowing?