In this video you’ll learn about…
- What is “following” on Twitter
- Whether you have to follow everyone that follows you
- Etiquette of “following” or “unfollowing” people on Twitter
How do you decide to “follow” or “unfollow” someone on Twitter? Share your comments below.
Hi! I’m Laura Roeder and I want to talk today about whether or not you have to follow everyone back on Twitter, and by following everyone back, what I mean is when you see that somebody new follows you, do you have to follow them as well or is it okay to not follow them?
So this is something that’s unique about Twitter compared to all the other social networks on LinkedIn and on your Facebook profile. There has to be a mutual agreement. You ask someone if they want to be a friend or a connection and then you both agree.
But Twitter is actually really different. On Twitter you can follow anyone and anyone can follow you and you don’t have to mutually agree to follow each other. So I can be following 100 people on Twitter and reading their updates and none of them can follow me and that’s fine. I can still read their updates. I can still interact with them.
And same goes for you. A lot of people can follow you and it really doesn’t matter because if you don’t choose to follow them back, they won’t show up in your tweet stream or your Twitter world.
So I think that you do not have to follow everyone back on Twitter. I think you should be following the people that you’re interested in following, and here is why. A lot of times when people are first starting off, they follow everyone back and that’s fine especially when you’re first starting out. You’re just looking for more people to have conversations with.
But the problem is the nature of Twitter is that it grows and grows and grows and you start following everyone back. So there are a few problems. One is that when you sign on to Twitter and you’re reading through your tweet stream, you’re going to have a lot of people that you have no interest in, you don’t know who they are, you don’t know why you follow them, and it’s a bunch of junk that quite frankly you don’t want to read. So it sort of makes Twitter not fun and not a place you want to go.
The other reason is that unfortunately, there’s a lot of spammers on Twitter, and when you follow a spammer back, one, you have to read their spam in your messages, and two, when you follow them back, they now have the ability to send you direct messages which can have viruses and all kinds of icky, icky stuff. So you definitely do not have to follow everyone back. It’s not considered rude or bad or anything like that. And especially as you grow and you get more people, you’re not going to want to follow everyone back.
Also, it’s normal on Twitter to follow and unfollow. So don’t stress. If you’re not sure if you want to follow somebody, go ahead and follow them. If they’re not floating your boat for whatever reason, you can always unfollow them. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not like Facebook where when someone unfriends you, you think they don’t want to be friends anymore. It’s not like that on Twitter. You can follow anyone. Anyone can follow you. You do not have to follow everyone back who follows you.
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