Posted by: gavinstokes | June 24, 2011

Trolling for follows

This is a quick post on a bug-bear of mine, people following others on Twitter in the hope of receiving a follow back. This is one of the more annoying things within social media. The main reason being it tries to circumvent or even automate the whole core value of social media platforms which is, building honest useful relationships with a fan base or group of customers.

Following someone on twitter in the hope that they will follow you back is a waste of your time and at the very least annoying the person you have randomly decided to follow. It says to the person that you haven’t bothered to find out who your following , what their interests, or how they relate to what you’re offering.

I’ll give you an example, today I found that I had a new person following me, great somebody thinks what I have to say is interesting, WRONG. They couldn’t be further removed from my interests and values, it turned out to be “The United Reformed Church” (sorry no link, I don’t want to encourage them). This lot are obviously following me in the hope that I will follow them back, not for nuggests of spiritual  wisdom…..

(“If it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.” Woody Allen”)

Behaviour like this marks you as a new type of internet troll the worst type of person online, who’s opinions people with  two brain cells to rub together, ignore. So please don’t be a troll, follow somebody for what they have to say not for what you can get from them.

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