If you haven’t figured it out, I’m growing annoyed and tired with the slew of Twitter follow spammers. It is killing the service. I’ve decided to chronically vent.
Previously, I brought to you Peter Cutler, @studio525, is obsessed with the wrong metrics. He is and he might some advantage out of it, like e-mail spammers who get one response in 10,000 and thus their work pays off. The ROI might excellent for the follow spammers but the rest of us have to put up with their unwanted follows where we get nothing back in return.
Today’s candidate for spam follow is @rudezen who, having already 9,000 followers, continues to add more followers. I don’t know Rudezen. He’s never replied to my tweets. He is unlikely to ever reply to my tweets as he’ll never see them on his list. He isn’t interested in wikis. He followed two of my accounts. Neither of these accounts have balances that suggest they follow everyone. (Both follow much fewer than follow us.) He appears to be solely interested in getting more followers. That makes him a Twitter follow spammer.
If you have more than 3,000 followers, there is almost NEVER a good reason for you to being following other people first. If you have that many people you’re interested in following, that’s what lists are for: To identify people by category that you think are interesting. Adding people to a list does not force on that person a decision to return the unwanted follow or not. It doesn’t imply any sort of relationship or personal interests. Adding people to lists still accomplishes the goal of watching interesting people. Following implies more of a relationship and demands something back. That in turn makes a person a Twitter spammer. Stop with the spam follows people.