I’m on Twitter. I’ve come to embrace it, although I like Google+ and Facebook more. But on a slow day on the blogging side of things, Twitter posts can help you generate blog ideas.
That alone might make it worth the price of admission.
On Twitter, you build a following (and more importantly, expand your network), by following others and having them follow you.
If you’re interested in things like Klout scores, you want a lot of people following you and interacting with you. If you’re more interested in reading what others are buzzing about, it’s more important that you follow them.
But ideally, you’re trying to follow interesting people and trying to make sure they’re following you back.
I do not automatically follow everyone who follows me. I have some, shall we say, strange followers. Some of them clearly tweet about things in which I have no interest. Occasionally, one of those Groupon-like deal sites will follow me. I live in South Carolina, so a daily deals site offering me savings at local businesses in Topeka, Kansas is of no use to me. So if that kind of site follows me, I won’t bother following it back.
Here’s the Problem
But once in a while, I’ll attempt to follow someone I do find interesting who has somehow stumbled across my account.
Then I’ll suddenly receive a little message from Twitter: the user uses “TrueTwit” validation service, or a similar service, to make sure I’m who I say I am. I have to follow a link and enter some kind of Captcha.
Just so that I can return a follow.
Sorry, but I don’t do that. If I have to verify that I’m not a spammer to someone who has already decided to follow me, I just won’t follow. At all.
It might be one thing if the person hadn’t followed me first. Maybe I could understand someone trying to protect his account from the possibility of spam tweets from a complete stranger.
But if that person follows me first, it’s unreasonable to make me verify that I’m not a spambot to follow them. If they think that’s a possibility, they shouldn’t follow me to begin with.
Maybe, at some point, they’ll see that I’m not returning their follow. And maybe, in response, they’ll unfollow me.
I won’t lose sleep over it.