May 7, 2012

Stop Clogging My Twitter Feed!

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I am on Twitter almost all day. It's part of my job. This means that I see A LOT of tweets and I've grown exhausted of my feed from time to time. Then I remember "Oh yeah, I can curate my feed!" so I'll do an occasional cleaning out. Some may say you have Lists to organize tweets so it's not so crowded. However, I feel if you can't hold value in my main Twitter stream then why am I going to follow you? There are two major reasons I unfollow: you tweet too much or not at all.


Bloggers:
  • You don't tweet ever. You're just dead space to me. I understand if you may get busy or wrapped up in life to focus on social media. Once you're back online again, send a tweet out then it will get passed on and I'll probably re-follow you again. Otherwise, there's no point to following someone who doesn't tweet.
  • You tweet too damn much. I hate to say it, but you just become noise in my feed. (I know I am guilty of this with over 45,000 tweets but I try to keep most of my tweets at night while watching TV. Please feel free to call me out on it!). I don't need to see 10 versions of the same post a day.
  • Your Twitter feed is connected to RSS feed and/or Facebook feed. I find it very annoying when a post gets cut off on Twitter then has a FB link. I'm on Twitter... I don't want to have to go to Facebook to read what you're talking about. And your Twitter shouldn't just be pumping out your posts as you publish them. It's about engaging your audience!
  • "Vintage" posts. I appreciate that you are trying to promote older material from your blog but please don't call it "vintage post: (title)." Say something like "remember this funny post about ___" or "this post about redheads seems pretty relevant now that __." You get the idea. Be more creative if you're going to share older posts.
Companies:
  • You fill my Twitter feed with too much promotional marketing jargon. I'm not following you to learn about 25% off discounts. Yuli just wrote a great post about this in regards to fashion brands.
  • You don't interact with any of your followers. Why are you on social media if you're not interacting with your fans?
  • Your "brand personality" bores me. Perhaps I just don't like your tweets - it happens.
OR
  • Maybe Twitter deleted you (and for that I apologize). Recently, Twitter had a glitch and deleted some of the users you may have been following. It has happened with a few friends. So if you think it was a glaring error, just send a tweet and I will rectify the situation.
I write this to only make you aware of why you may be losing followers. Don't take it as something personal but perhaps you should re-evaluate your social media presence.

What are some reasons you unfollow people? What would you like to see more of from my tweets?

14 comments:

  1. I followed the link to Yuli's post and she is dead on when it comes to tweeting from companies. When a company over promotes, I promptly unfollow. A pet peeve of mine is when the majority of somoene's tweets is just to vent about everything that goes wrong in their life. That is just way too depressing!

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    1. Yes! I don't like "twitter battles" either. Since I use it professionally... it's hard for me to follow someone who doesn't use it professionally. Make sense?

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    2. Same here on the running commentary of a personal sob story which should never be spoken to the public. Its like showing your panties.

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  2. Agreed!!! I also have a thing about some bloggers who retweet every tweet sent to them...ever. Slightly annoying. And I agree with the comment above: depressing tweets are no fun to read either.
    P.S. Love your tweets Kim!!

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    1. lmao there's that too!! Aw glad someone likes my tweets :)

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  3. I unfollow mainly because people tweet TOO MUCH. I tweet only when I have something to say, which is when EVERYONE SHOULD!! you tweet too much when watching shows, wish i could skip those- you said I could call you out!

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    1. Well you don't follow a lot of people so it looks like a lot ;)

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  4. Great post Kimberlee! You always hit the nail right on the head. Kisses from one of your lovely supporters. LOl.

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  5. lol...lots of good stuff here, although as a person who has over 5,000 followers and who follows over 3,000 and who tweets A LOT, i don't care a lot about how much people tweet.

    this came up when i was interviewed on internet radio last week and as i said during it, i treat what people tweet like most things in life, i have an internal filter and i pay attention to what i want to and ignore what i don't. sometimes i am interested in what a person is tweeting and sometimes i am not, as i am sure is the same with my tweets, so...

    i say tweet what you feel. my only twitter peeves are spammers and people that i don't know, who have never tried to have a 2 tweet convo with me tweeting me their links to promote...uh really?

    but i am a tweeter and i LOVE IT! warts and all.

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    1. haha your tweets have never clogged my feed :)

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  6. Reading this post made me realize that there are a lot of things I don't really pay attention to when it comes to various social media like for instance twitter. I usually tweet my blog posts and the odd giveaway link, that's pretty much it. Sure that's not too much, is it?

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    1. No that's not. Perhaps engage once in awhile on Twitter so people know that you exist :)

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  7. Thanks for this Kimberlee! I am totally a twitter idiot, so any help is good! :) I realize that I need to be more engaging!

    xo, sam

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