Myra Faye Turner, Writer
Here's one of my pet peeves. I hate people who follow me on Twitter and then unfollow me a day or two later because I don't follow them back. I mean, what exactly is the follow protocol? Do I have to follow every single person who follows me as a courtesy? Even if I have absolutely no interest in their tweets?
I'm sorry but I have enough actual people that I follow, I don't have time to follow fake followers or people who obviously are simply trying to get their numbers up. I have a few other hard and fasts rules about whether I will follow someone who follows me first.
I will normally follow all writers who follow me. I like to support my fellow wordsmiths and this is a great way to network on a global scale. Next, I won't follow anyone who mentions buying Twitter followers in their profile or on their background. This is a definite no-no. I hate fake followers and anyone who advocates buying followers. These people I block right away.
I also don't follow people who tweet a lot of nonsense or foolishness. I shy away from too much profanity. I figure I curse enough so I don't want to read your *&(@# - filled tweets. I also generally won't follow anyone with too many followers because I figure most of the followers are fake. My son says I'm crazy but I feel like if you have 150 k followers and you're following 120 k people and you're just an average Joe... something's not right here.
When I first dipped my toe in the social media water, I followed every one who followed me. Now, I make sure I read a few tweets before I decide to return the favor. After all, I definitely don't want to follow someone who tweets out a bunch of stuff I don't agree with.
I average around 400 followers and that's okay with me. If I follow you, I'm actually interested in what you have to say and there's no way I can keep track with my feed if I had thousands of followers. To me , it's not about the quantity of my followers, it's about the quality.
(Okay, if you're a real person, feel free to follow me @msmyrafaye. I'll probably follow back...unless you're one of the above-referenced people!)