June 27, 2009 at 4:41 am #74868
Still pretty new to Twitter and notice that just about every time I tweet, I immediately get at least a few new follows, most of which look like pure marketing accounts. Wondering what folks usually do with these. Is it worth the effort to block them if they're not actively spamming or is it just a harmless "that's-part-of-the-deal-with-Twitter" thing? Appreciate your thoughts, Thx.
June 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm #74882
I used to try to follow everyone that followed me. Soon a lot of spammy marketing accounts started following so I stopped. I don't really do anything if these accounts follow me but I definitely don't follow them back. So even if they spam it's not getting to me if I don't follow.
June 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm #74880
Cool, that helps...won't get the added spam if I just don't follow back.
July 11, 2009 at 7:28 am #74878
Hi, Joshua - this is actually a really good question. Be aware that some people, and unfortunately some bots, will do keyword searches. If you type a post about a particular topic, someone who is trying to “sell” you that item may immediately follow you. Other people may be legitimately interested in what you had to say, though.
You can do a couple of things. One of the "etiquette" issues is that it is so easy to add/confirm friendships with really good friends/family/co-workers all the way to marginally acquainted contacts. It's a nice way to "bulk" up your friend list, and there's no harm to leaving people listed as your friend. This actually works well for the concept of six-degrees of separation; it's common for people to find more networking opportunities through their existing list of friends/contacts.
However, since you may be "judged" by the company you keep, then you may want to maintain some control over the people you choose to follow, but you may also want to keep a tight rein on people you allow to follow you. As a rule, I periodically check my twitter account, and also when I receive an email notification that someone new is following me. I usually click on their profile immediately, and there are two types of postings that cause me to immediately "block" that user - 1) obvious pornographic spam; and 2) the money-maker posts - "I can't believe I just made $5,000.00 in one week" type posts. I have left several people alone who I don't necessarily know, but maybe they are just interested in what I may have to say, and may in the future become someone with whom I develop a rapport. I am not worried about how a potential tie to these folks will look.
Sorry for the overly long post - but hope that helps a bit.
July 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm #74876
hi Yun-Mei, thanks so much and just what I was looking for. Your last couple of suggestions confirmed what I'd been thinking about the real spam accounts. Many thanks, Josh
August 4, 2009 at 2:42 am #74874
I'm fairly new to this, too. I'm responsible for my agency's Twitter page and feel no responsibility to follow an individual simply because they're following us. I do follow other conservation agencies like ours, news sources and others of mutual benefit. I also check our list of followers every few days and block the spammers. I agree, your agency will be judged by the company you keep.
August 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm #74872
I typically block obvious spam followers, get rich quick schemers, porn oriented stuff, etc. As mentioned by others, you may be judged by the company you keep. Those types of followers I could do without.
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