5 things that will get you unfollowed on twitter

I’ve been working a lot on my twitter presence. As such, I’ve discovered that there are some things that are more likely than other to get me to unfollow you. In talking to other tweeple (people on twitter) I discovered that a lot of us share these same guidelines.

Without further ado, here are my 5 things:

1. Marketing bot.

If all you do, is twitter about your program, your ebook, your this, your that, your the other and how I can buy your stuff using a special coupon or whatever, you’ll get unfollowed. Also, if you direct message me pimping a product that will help me get 16,000 followers you better have at least 16,000 followers.

2. False advertising of links.

This relates to another point on the list, but it’s bad enough to get listed twice. If you tweet something that says: “check out this article about cool places in Brazil” the link you send me to, better be about cool places in Brazil and not a link to an adult website.

3. No variety.

You tweet the same stuff all day long. I’m paraphrasing a bit, but this series of tweets actually came from someone I was following: “Check out my shoes, look at these shoes, did you know that people wear shoes on their feet?” They sold shoes, and no it was not @zappos.

4. Porn links.

I mentioned this in a different point, but seriously, if you send out 1 link to an adult site, I’ll unfollow you. Even if you are forthright and say that the link is to an adult site, I will still drop you. Sorry, but I’m not interested in those kinds of tweets.

5. Nothing original.

I call these folks “quote bots” because all they do is tweet quotes. Some quotes are good, I’ve been known to send a few myself, but quotes all day long, all the time, and the same quotes over and over and over… No, I don’t think so.

Bonus #6 You’re inactive.

If it’s been 30 days or more since your last tweet, I’ll probably drop you. We’re all allowed a certain number of people that we can follow, and if you’re not active, then why continue to follow you instead of someone that is active and saying interesting stuff?

That’s my brief list of 5 things. Ultimately, you don’t need a reason to unfollow anyone, but these are the 5 biggest reasons that I’ll drop someone. What other reasons do you have?


  1. http://Val says

    My number one reason: People who use their account to post inflammatory, often incorrect or false, statements (politics, religion, etc), then act outraged when people take offense. I guess I’m trying to say, the Trolls of Twitter.

  2. I’ll give you one guess why I unfollowed you this time! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  3. I agree with you on all points. One you might consider thinking of is also too much talk about *religion or *politics and trying to push your views on others..

    I’ve seen that happen but i didnt unfollow the person(s), guess i’m more accepting than others.

    Thanks for the insight, it was good to tweet with ya!

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