Social You: 6 More Reasons No One Follows You on Twitter
Recently Ted listed four reasons people don’t follow you on Twitter. The list wasn’t punitive. Rather, Ted shed some light on social mistakes that interfere with making connections with others, or in his words “hold you back.”
As Ted’s insights do, they got me thinking about why I choose not to follow, or engage, people on Twitter. Social is a two-way communication tool. Remove or limit the two-way and you have a winning strategy for boring and limiting your followers. And these seven reasons are sure to limit followers on Twitter.
You have no bio.
How can I engage in a conversation with someone who doesn’t take time to share a little about what they believe or do or stand for? I can’t. I don’t if you have no bio. Some people spend too much time perfecting their bio Just tell me who you are and what you’re about.
Your bio clearly indicates you’re selling.
If I want to be sold something, I’ll watch commercials. On Twitter, if you want to win me over, show me what you’re about. Show me your interests. I want to relate to you. If your tweets focus on what you do and what you sell I’m bored. I’m ignoring you.
You tweet only your stuff.
If all you tweet are your thoughts or your latest blog posts, that’s like standing in the middle of a crowded room shouting words of self-praise. Yawn! I want to know you’re willing to interact with me.
You’ve locked your account with “Tweet privacy.”
So let me get this straight, your tweets are personal and you want me to ask for permission to follow you? Nope. If you follow me with a locked account I don’t follow you. If your tweets are that personal send an email.
Translated messages are jibberish.
If I’m followed by someone who’s tweets appear in a foreign language, I’ll have Twitter translate the bio and tweets. Often times the tweets make no sense or have a sexual nature. Again, boring and likely dummy accounts. No follow. I’ll even block these followers.
Your picture is a close-up of your breasts.
I don’t care how nice your breasts are. I’m not interested.
Social is a platform to connect and share information that sparks conversation, or spread ideas. It’s a way to get to know someone or what a company stands for. If you find that your followers are slow to build, assuming you want to grow your followers, look at how you’re engaging others. Social reminds us that great conversations require two-way interactions.
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