I really want to show you an automated ‘thank you for following’ direct message that I received last week, that led me to instantly unfollow the sender. But I could get into trouble…..in any case, it went along the lines of
’Thankx for following. The Wall Street Journal named me #4 in the Top 10 Social Media Experts. Visit my blog at …………………….’
Enough said? Incidentally this person does have a large number of followers, however I am not one of them.
I want to follow people who are interesting, and keep my interest up with their posts and conversations. I do not want to follow people whose only aim in life is a) to tell me how wonderful they are and b) to try to sell to me and nothing else. I will follow them as I continue to be interested and unfollow them if they’re not, as I know people do to me.
Twitter is about a conversation first and foremost. The automatic ‘thank you for following’ is easy to spot. Don’t do it. It will not make you friends. Combined with self-selling (a polite word for arrogance) it is simply unacceptable. And if all you do is sell, and you never join in the conversation, that is the worst of all.
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And contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org