To followback or not to followback? THAT is the question!
I saw the following tweet today from someone I follow:
"You may be a "guru" or a "sweetheart" but sorry I only f#ollow those that #followback others! #RockTheReTweet"
Essentially, they're telling people they'll only follow you if you follow them back.
Well, it's a free country, and there are no Twitter rules that state that people can't place their own criteria for who to follow. But I have a problem with people who do this.
Why, you ask?
I follow people (including the person above, who shall remain anonymous) based on the content of their tweets. I use Twitter to learn, to gain information, and to connect with people. If someone's Twitter feed contains information I want, I follow them. If it doesn't, I don't. Period.
When I get emails that notify of new followers, I always send them a direct message to thank them, and then I look at their tweet stream to see if I want to follow them back. Is the info something I want? Then I follow them. If not, I don't. Today I started being followed by a gardening expert. I have never tweeted about gardening or anything similar, so I don't know why chose me, but to me that's not important. I hope my content is of value to them. But since I have no interest in gardening, their content is not of value to me, and I chose not to follow them back. And if they un-follow me because of it, I couldn't care less.
You see, I don't measure my success on Twitter based on the number of followers I have (which is obvious if you've seen how FEW followers I have). I measure my success on Twitter based on the quality of the info I give and receive, and the interactions I have with people. Relationships, give and take, that's the sort of stuff I value in social media, as in anywhere else.
Anyone else with me, or am I completely out of line here?