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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


It's a mystery. When I left town on July 23, I had 178 followers on Twitter. Now it's 153. Could someone please explain how and why people find you on Twitter and choose to follow, and then for no discernable reason other than there were no tweets for a few days, they stop following. And I still don't really get how reading about what other people are doing during the course of a day can be a viable marketing tool. What am I missing? It must be something, because people I respect and trust say it works.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm still figuring it out, too!
Some people will drop you if you don't follow back right away. Some of those people may have had their account deleted as well - I get lots of those.

L. Diane Wolfe

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I keep reading that some people will follow us just to get us to follow them, then drop us to make their numbers look more balanced. Sigh. Apparently there's an application called "Friend or Follow" that identifies who you're following that's not following you back, so maybe they're using that, too (if we're gone and don't follow them back right away.)

I see the same thing on my account.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Galen Kindley--Author said...

I'll bet a bunch of mine...I don't have all that many, maybe 100...are porno sites, or people trying to sell me a service: Web Design, Marketing, How to facebook, etc. I'm pretty discriminating about whom I follow, and if they start with a bunch of, "I fed the cat just now." Boom, they get “unfollowed.” Shrug. Dunno.

Twitter is just something I'm supposed to do. So, I do it..

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog</a

Marvin D Wilson said...

Do you follow everyone back that follows you? If not, lots of twits will drop you. Then there is the following to follower ratio. I once was trying to break 2,000 followers but at 1700 followers I had over 2000 I was following. Twitter would not allow me to follow any more until my followers caught up to my followees. So I had to go to that "Find Who's Not Following You on Twitter" site and see who I should unfollow since they weren't following me back to get my numbers balanced. It's probably a good thing, because twits will just send out a bazillion follows in the hopes they'll get a bazillion followers back and twitter should be a REAL social network for you in order to do effective branding and marketing.

The Old Silly

Stephen Tremp said...

I heard Twitter did a purge of spammers and that's why the number of followers fell. Like most, I lost a lot of followers and my balance of following to followers is way out of whack now.

Stephen Tremp

Karen Walker said...

This is very helpful. Thanks to all of you for the explanations. I guess as Nike says, "just do it."

Helen said...

I have to say I don't pay much attention to how many are following me. But, like Stephen, I had heard that Twitter had blocked a bunch of spammers. I could probably up my numbers if I went to one of those places that tweeters keep endorsing that will get you 10,000 followers in two days, but I'd rather try to keep it to people I individually pick or respond to whose tweets I'd probably like to read.

Straight From Hel

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I haven't figured out the Twitter thing either - like Galen, I just do it because I'm supposed to!

The Practical Preserver said...

Agree with what's been said. Eliminating a bunch of spammers reduced your numbers, but those people weren't going to buy your book anyhow.
Think of twitter as casting a wide net. You're looking to connect with the people who share your interests and offer them a service. That can be your support, information, or just the human connection.

It's funny how we feel rejected when people we have never met and didn't even know existed have stopped following us.

Quality first. Quantity is nice too.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Am I the only one here who truly loves Twitter and think it draws visitors to my blog and website? I've expanded my network of acquaintances around the world (and I'm very selective about who I follow), found local businesses and individuals to connect with, and stay in touch with folks I'd probably never get around to e-mailing just to say Hi. On the days I tweet my blog (and I'm selective about that too), my unique visitor number shoots way up. I do follow some folks and companies who don't follow back because they are who they are, but those are often helpful because they (like the agents, for instance) often send links to good articles or blogs. And they're entertainment as well. Now if any of this translates into book sales, I'll be a Twitter queen forever. For now, I'm just experimenting and having fun with it.

julielomoe said...

I'm on Twitter but still haven't figured out how to use it productively. Reading all your ocmments makes me feel I don't want to! How do you find the time? This stuff can devour your life.

Julie Lomoe's Musings Mysterioso

N A Sharpe said...

I haven't figured out the whole Twitter thing either. I have noticed a recent trend for the adult site "check out my picture" sites. I block them.

Nancy, from Realms of Thought…