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Are You In Bondage To Your Twitter Followers?

3 Comments 14 April 2008


twitter 1208200139943 102x300 Are You In Bondage To Your Twitter Followers? Are you using Twitter? Are you following so many people, in hopes to have them follow you, that you can’t keep track of even one conversation? Are you following people you don’t even want to follow out of guilt because they are following you? If you answered yes, to any of these questions you may be experiencing Twitter Bondage and there is hope!

Twitter pro, Kim Dushinski, has a fantastic post on the Twitter Do’s and Twitter Don’ts that will not only encourage you to say “no” to people you don’t want to follow, but explain how to escape Twitter bondage by just being “yourself”……….


“Tweet what you want about whatever topics you want. It is up to your Followers to decide whether or not they want to join in. If you have a multifaceted life (like we all do) it is OK to tweet both personal and work related topics. I would suggest finding a balance if you are using Twitter for professional reasons or you might drive away work-minded followers. But don’t be afraid to share some of yourself too.”

“You don’t have to follow everyone back who follows you. Certainly not the bots or the spammers, but even real people. Maybe someone tweets about something all the time that is simply not of interest to you or maybe contrary to what you believe. Just don’t follow them and don’t feel guilty about it. They chose to follow you. Also, it is OK to give yourself a limit of how many people you want to follow.”

I am somewhat relieved that Kim put this great list together. I have read countless posts that tell you you must follow a gazillion people to get a gazillion to follow you, or that you should definitely follow everyone who follows you. The truth is, no has the time to read everyone they follow so why not just follow the ones you want to read?

This last weekend I was out of town and I came home to about 25 new Twitter followers. Once I weeded through the Twitter spam (personal yachts.com), I was able to decide who I wanted to follow. Kim’s post made me realize that it’s not about following people as much as it is about following conversations and I have been feeling guilty if I did not follow everyone who follows me. Now I am happy to say that I am free from Twitter Bondage and able to enjoy the conversations of my choice.

BTW, If you want to follow me on Twitter……

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  1. Nick says:

    Hi Kristen, very good points. I am still getting to grips with twitter. I can’t really understand how some people follow huge numbers like 5000.

    I suppose if you are not engaging in conversation, publicising your links can get people visiting. Though, it kind of takes the fun out of it.

  2. socialmediamom says:

    Nick~ You are so right! I remember asking Chris Brogan how he follows so many people and he said he usually just catches conversations every once in a while. There is no way he can read them all.

  3. Shannon says:

    Exactly. I think it’s great to follow a lot of people and just jump in when you can. It’s not like anyone is actually reading *every* tweet. I read/follow when I can and love to participate in conversations and help answer questions. It’s also useful to follow a lot of people because you get great feedback when you have a question to ask.


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