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After some pondering, I’ve decided to write a blog post on Twitter etiquette. But wait! I’m not going to write a pretentious set of rules. Oh no. This is about etiquette. And I want to know why some people choose not to follow people who’re perfectly followable.
Maybe it’s just a bugbear of mine, and although I’m not losing sleep over it, I can’t help but find users who don’t follow back, a little rude.
I know there are good reasons not to follow users on Twitter; those who overly push their products/services or don’t share any common ground with you. And people who are a bit scary, can’t forgot those.
So, if someone decides to follow me, for whatevever reason – I’m flattered, and will happily return the favour (apart from in cases listed above). For me, Twitter is all about the community, and by tweeting I have made the conscious decision to share ideas, interests and personal information with my followers. If someone is willing to read my tweets then I want to read what they have to say too. If you aren’t following back, aren’t you just wanting everyone to listen to you? Isn’t Twitter’s main purpose interaction?
Us @fluidcreativity folk have conflicting viewpoints on the Twitter etiquette debate.
@_Chappers_ isn’t as easily offended if a user decides not to follow him back:
“Following people back simply because they followed me undermines the point. If you build up your following list to a volume so great that you can’t realistically keep track of everyone then it’s pointless.”
@Inoperante2 doesn’t think it’s rude if he chooses not to follow someone back but if he shares an interest with a user, he’s likely to follow them. However when a user chooses not to follow him back, he’s a little bit offended (bless).
“Getting into a conversation with the people I want following me is the best to get them to follow back, in my experience. It’s all about interaction, innit.”
@mitmystery and @splurj aren’t really too fussed whether they are followed back by a user or not. They don’t take the whole thing as seriously as I do, and that’s definitely a good thing. @nicolafred has a similar view but does wonder what the reasons are for users who unfollow, or if they have @ replied and then not followed.
What do you think? Do you try to follow everyone back or are you fussy with who you decide to follow?