About Kevin

Kevin is a Grammy nominated artist, podcaster, and indie musician advocate. He resides in Portland, OR where he is the Director of Marketing for CD Baby (cdbaby.com). Oh, yeah, he also plays guitar in Smalltown Poets.
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    Simple steps to lose your Twitter followers

    I clicked the unfollow button on a friend today. It wasn’t an easy decision. I thought about it, and weighed all the options. I even gave second chances, but when it came down to it, I had to do it. Why you ask? Because they continued to commit what some consider to be obvious Twitter no no’s. Here they are to make sure you avoid the same fate.

    They used their Twitter account like it was their personal email – It was typical for them to go on a Twitter frenzy, and in a matter of a couple minutes, Twitter well over 30 posts. Usually @reply messages that were not relevant to my Twitter experience (or interesting for that matter). It made me feel creepy, like I was snooping through their inbox. If you have that many personal messages, use the direct message option.

    They would give running commentaries of TV shows – A witty comment or two about a show is always welcome, but Twitter is not the place to practice your play by play skills.

    They would get into arguments with other Twitter users – I don’t use Twitter to make up for the lack of Jerry Springer in my life. When it turns juvenile, I must unfollow.

    I think Twitter works best when you keep the blogging aspect in mind. A blog has interesting posts and relevant comments that you can join in on. Twitter is just blogging on a smaller scale. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to come up with a profound statement every time you make a post.

    Just remember, that if you want to keep your followers, you should respect their Twitter feed as well.

    • http://tranceblackman.com trance

      Good post, Kevin. I agree.

      One I would add is twitter-spammers. I don’t mind quick adverts or updates on new services or and exciting website change and whatnot, but I don’t need to see it every 5 minutes, reworded, or just repeated over and over all day long (by script?) just so when I load my Twitter app, yours might show up. I’ve removed (reluctantly) several tweeters as that’s just noise, not providing something of value, or being genuine for that matter.

      People should remember (and use) the search feature that Twitter has. No need to say something 1,000 times for somebody to find out about it…


    • Kevin

      Yes, Twitter spammers are on the loose as well. Fortunately, I haven’t come across many of these so far. I’m guessing this will get worse as Twitter’s popularity continues to rise. Lucky for us, there is always the unfollow button.