Tech & The Web

The Follow Fiends

I just blocked someone on my Twitter profile. This person seems to do nothing but post snippets of bible verses. I don’t mind that, per se, but there’s never any commentary or anything else, and I can get that kind of content by actually reading the bible, so there’s not a great deal of value in his presentation.

It appears that this user hasn’t posted any new updates in a while, either. The last few posts that appeared on his profile were the same snippets from the Book of Revelation that have been there for a few months, as best as I can tell. That’s a little bigger of a problem for me, but not everyone updates their Twitter account multiple times a day.

What sealed the deal for me was that this same user apparently kept “unfollowing” me then “refollowing” me. It has happened close to a dozen times now. And every time he follows me, I get an email saying that he is following me.

I don’t automatically follow people on Twitter just because they follow me. If they have content that appears even remotely useful, I’ll generally follow them. If they have no content or stuff that doesn’t look like it’d be worth having in my feed, I won’t follow them. And if they constantly post links to “get rich quick” schemes or “work at home” scams, or if they talk about “affiliate marketing,” that’s almost a sure sign that I’m going to block them so that they can’t follow me at all.

So this guy, whoever he is, who seems to only want people to follow him in exchange for following them to start with, just lost out.

If anyone is that worried about me following them, something’s wrong.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.