5 Followers NOT to Follow on Twitter!

Would you like to streamline your Twitter?

Since using SocialBro each day to monitor my Twitter account I have become more aware of who I follow and who I interact with on Twitter.

You may remember my blog Who do you Follow on Twitter?, my very first post of the blog challenge, it was a popular post.  So I thought I would do a part 2 with my new honed skills following my use of SocialBro, which I wrote about in 5 Ways to Analyse your Twitter with SocialBro.

In this post I am going to give you some tips of who NOT to follow on Twitter.

1. Spammers or Bots

Ok so you want to increase your followers but by following back spammers or bots will only increase the useless information on your news feed each day making it virtually impossible to see the good stuff.  They bring no value to Twitter apart from making your follower numbers look bigger than it genuinely is.

You can identify these followers quite easily, the following are some examples:

  • Their profile picture is a scantily clad or very attractive woman.
  • They follow a lot of people but haven’t posted any tweets!
  • If they do have tweets, they are usually about making money or offering free $100 gift cards if you follow them.

If you use SocialBro it’s likely that you’ll notice they will unfollow you after a few days if you haven’t followed them back.

2. Mentions of Money

I always take a look at my new followers, I make it part of my daily routine.  If there is any mention of making money, whether that’s in their bio or in their tweets I look further and investigate whether they are genuine people or just out to make you click on links which take you to a variety of money making scams.  These aren’t so easy to spot as spammers or bots because they sometimes come across quite genuine in their bios.

If you’re not sure, then follow them but keep an eye on what they are posting and don’t click on any of the links unless you know they are 100% genuine.

3. Zero Interaction

I come across followers who have a huge following of people, they appear interesting in their bios and they sound like the sort of person you’d like to follow.  BUT their tweets are just made up of articles, and not necessarily in the same genre they claim to be interested in!  For example, someone followed me last week, he had a lot of followers, his bio said he was interested in social media and SEO… so I thought, ok let me check out his tweets.  All his tweets were articles, but nothing whatsoever to do about social media and SEO and no interaction with his follower’s.

You can identify these follower’s by looking at their tweets… not just the first few that come up when you click on a user, but scroll through a page worth of their tweets, there will be zero interaction with anybody and just lots of article links.

4. Follow Me and I’ll Follow You

This is self explanatory, some of these followers will be quite open about it in their bios – making it clear that if you follow them they will follow you back.  Or there are the ones who put the hashtag #teamfollow – try putting that into a search in Twitter and you’ll see the sort of people it will bring up.  I’m not suggesting they’re not all genuine users, some people may put this very innocently and be unaware of the implications.

Then there are the people that follow you and if you don’t follow them back within a couple of days they will unfollow you.  It’s very rare for me since using SocialBro to see that someone genuine has unfollowed me.  9 out of 10 times it’s someone I hadn’t even followed anyway.

5. Target Audience or Interest

This last tip is more of a personal suggestion rather than a do not follow.  If I gain followers that are not in my target audience for my business, or I am not interested in them personally then I don’t usually follow back.  I ask this question when I click on a new follower.  Will they possibly require my services or am I interested in what they are offering?  If the answer is no then I don’t follow them.  You’ll get the No. 4’s who will unfollow you and then there will be those that continue to follow because they are genuinely interested in what you have to say.

Any more tips?

I hope my tips have been useful, and if you have any you’d like to mention please leave a comment.  I am always trying to find ways of saving time, or being more organised and with so much happening in social media it can start to take over your life.  I hope what I have suggested is helpful.  If you haven’t yet read my previous blog posts about Twitter and SocialBro check them out – Who do you Follow on Twitter? and 5 Ways to Analyse Twitter with SocialBro.

5 Ways to Analyse Twitter with SocialBro

I thought it might be useful to do a follow-up to my recent blog post Who do you Follow on Twitter? and My Top 3 Social Media Apps which were two of the most popular posts in January, although they have been pipped at the post with 10 Virtual Assistant Resources in the last few days.  Do check out these if you haven’t done so yet.

What I wanted to go through today was a more indepth post about analysing your Twitter community (that’s your followers and friends – those you follow).  I have been using SocialBro for some weeks now and I think it’s a great tool to look at your Twitter statistics as well as searching for people to follow, who in turn you’d hope would follow you back.

The best way to explain how I use SocialBro each day is to do just that, tell you how I have been using it.  Each morning I open up the application (Google Chrome add-on) and it synchronises all the necessary information so it’s as up to date as possible.  It gives you a quick message telling you how many followers you have gained since the last time you used it and also how many people have unfollowed you.

Here is a screenshot of the main sections I’m going to discuss.

Recent Unfollows

My first port of call… I check out who has unfollowed me!  Most days I have a few unfollows, and 9 out of 10 times these are spammers who have followed me in the hope of a follow back.  Occasionally a real person will unfollow me, I don’t know why and there isn’t really anything I can do about it, life’s too short to worry too much about it.  If I am following any of these then I will take another look at their profile (as I mentioned in my previous blog post) and decide whether to unfollow back or keep them and see whether they provide any good content relevant to me.

New Followers

With my new followers I use the checklist I mentioned last time in Who do you Follow on Twitter? and decide whether I should follow them back.  If there are spammers I might at this point report them for spam, but usually I just ignore them, a few days later they tend to unfollow me anyway.

Not Following You Back

There are 219 people not following me back on Twitter, and this is something I look at once a week.  I did a check of this today and had a bit of a clear out.  Some of these are famous people, and to be honest it’s almost impossible to get a famous person following you back.   If you have some famous people following you on Twitter do let me know, who are they?

So today I went through this list and identified people on it that don’t post very often and don’t post relevant content I’m interested in.  I didn’t really have a strategy, I just clicked through them (all 13 pages) and made some quick decisions.  I managed to get the list down by 35 or so, so less irrelevant information on my Twitter feed for now.

There is one particular thing that stumps me when it comes to people following you.  There are a few Twitter users who don’t follow me back but they re-tweet my tweets, they communicate with me on Twitter and they even visit my blog.  I follow them, but they don’t follow me back, why is that I wonder?

Inactive Friends

Another useful section to look at is Inactive Friends, these are people who haven’t tweeted in the last 3 months.  I have got mine down to zero – I don’t need to be following people who are inactive.  I have also done a specific search for people who haven’t tweeted in the last 6 weeks and unfollowed most of these too.  Maybe I’m trying to be too organised?

Advanced Search

This is really useful if you’re looking for people to follow on Twitter.  You can enter keywords in here which will bring up a lot of Twitter users relevant to your search.  For example, I specialise in eBook formatting so I typed in the ‘Bio’ search box ‘unpublished author’ and it came up with hundreds of Twitter users I could potentially follow. As a test I followed some, maybe 20 or so to see if any of them would follow me back and potentially get in touch about helping them publish their work.  I’m still running that particular test, but I have had a couple of enquiries from Twitter, so it’s definitely something you could try.

There are so many other ways you can use SocialBro, I am sure I haven’t found them all yet.  I tend to use Best Time to Tweet, Real-time Analytics and Analyse your Competitors quite a bit too.

I hope this has been useful and that you may go away and check out SocialBro and try out some of the ideas I have told you about.

If you want to see what other social media apps I like to use, take a look at my recent blog post My Top 3 Social Media Apps.

Did You Miss These?

It’s the weekend, I’ve had a busy week speaking to potential clients and agreeing to write some articles for various websites so I thought I would use today’s post as a quick round up of my top 3 blog posts over the last 14 days.  I am nearly half way through the Ultimate Blog Challenge and I am surprised I have made it this far and pleased that many of my blog posts have been so popular.

In fact, it’s some of my first blog posts that have been visited and commented on the most.  I hope you all continue to come back to these posts and find useful tips and advice.

Most Popular Posts

In third place was My Top 3 Social Media Apps – I’ll be doing more blog posts like this in the future, I know a lot of us enjoying hearing about new apps and gadgets.

In second place was Spread the Luv on your Blog! – I notice that a lot of you are taking advantage of this on my blog, and I have found some great posts by clicking on my reader’s blogs mentioned using CommentLuv.

And in first place we have Who do you Follow on Twitter? – It seems to suggest people are really interested in who we should follow on Twitter and also how to make it more manageable.  You’ll certainly see some more blog posts from me on Twitter in the coming weeks.

If you enjoy reading my blog why not sign up to my email list, I plan to send out my newsletter, recent articles and blog posts about social media and eBooks.  You can either sign up on the right hand side of the page, or if you make a comment there is a little tick box which will automatically subscribe you.

In the next few weeks I have some exciting news to share and if you sign up to my email list you’ll be the first to hear about it.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

My Top 3 Social Media Apps

I get excited about new apps on my iPhone, or I used to until I started my own business.  I still make an effort to check out the new apps available on iTunes, but I’m now interested in what apps can help my business grow and I’ve come across a few recently that are excellent.  I thought I would share some of them with you, and if you want to have a go at installing them and letting me know what you think, even better!

Buffer

I’ve been using Buffer for a few weeks now, there are three different plans, I have the free plan at the moment.  This offers 10 posts in your Buffer, 1 Twitter account, 1 Facebook account, free browser extensions, free mobile apps and you can use your Bit.ly details.  The other plans offer more posts and other extras, in fact the best plan offers unlimited posts.

Buffer works by scheduling Tweets (or Facebook updates) at optimum times of the day.  So when you install it (either as an add-on for your browser, on your iPhone or a widget on your blog/website) you can click the Buffer icon and the tweet/update will automatically be scheduled to post at the next slot.

I tend to use this more for the weekends, it is set-up to post 4 tweets/posts per day, I  go through my updates I’d like posted over the weekend and very quickly schedule them.  It’s so easy I actually prefer it to Tweetdeck which I use on a daily basis.  You don’t have to mess about with the dates and the times, it’s all done for you.

SocialBro

I have only been using SocialBro for a couple of days but I love it!!  It’s all about stats, and I am a self confessed stat-aholic.  I have installed it as a Chrome add-on and when I open it up it synchronises with my Twitter account.  It tells me everything I could ever want to know about my followers and who I follow.

Just on the front dashboard it shows me New Followers, Recent Unfollows, Influence Stats, Not Following You Back, You Aren’t Following Back, “Low Follow Ratio” Users You Follow, “Low Follow Ratio” Followers, Inactive Friends, Inactive Followers, Famous Friends, Famous Follower’s, Influential Friends, Influential Follower’s, New Friends, Newbie Follower’s, Newbies Friends, Follower’s Bio Tagcloud, Very Active Friends and Friends Bio Tagcloud.

But that’s not all, within the application you can customise what you want to see such as ‘Best Time to Tweet’ or ‘Analyse Your Competitors’ and sooooo much more!  Can you tell I love this app?  You can also link it to Buffer and it will automatically customise the best times to tweet, it suggests you do it once a week so your tweets go out at optimum times.

While writing this blog I also added the Twitter accounts of my clients to SocialBro, being a virtual assistant / social media manager for others it’s going to be a great when I can provide my clients with all these stats and manage their social media more productively.

It would be impossible to try and tell you everything about this wonderful app, so take a look at the SocialBro User Guide.

Flipboard

This app is for the iPad and iPhone, and I’ve had it on my iPhone for some weeks.  When you are overwhelmed with social media this is a great app which consolidates everything into a magazine style format.  You literally flip through page after page of updates, it’s nothing like your Twitter feed, it includes the images so it makes it so much easier to pick out items of interest.  I find that during the evenings when my eyes are getting tired after a day on my laptop, flipping through Flipboard is really easy on the eyes.  As well as the feeds you choose, you also have other content which you might not have come across before, such as cover stories, news and Flipboard picks,  it’s fully customisable.

So there you are, my top 3 apps for social media.  I hope you try some of these out and love them as much as I do and don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think.