Why is that when you follow someone on Twitter, who’s just followed you, some of them immediately send spam messages, asking you to read/promote their books or products? Some even positively demand you like their Facebook page, or follow them on Instagram with no hint of reciprocating. For instance, I received a message from one such person, asking that I “share the love” by liking them on Facebook. What love? Yes, they’d followed me, and because I liked the look of their tweets, I followed back; I always do if I like what I see. But there was no offer of reciprocation, Facebook wise, and no enquiry as to whether I had an Instagram account.
If someone retweets my tweets, or asks for a mutual exchange of likes on Facebook, I always return the favour. If I would like to hopefully engage with someone, I will like and retweet, without messaging them. If they return the favour, great, if they don’t that’s fine. I was always taught to offer something first and to never, ever demand that someone does something for me first; it’s just good manners.
It also drives me mad how many “buy twitter follower” follows I get. I have no intention of spending my hard earned money on such rubbish. I want genuine followers, not phantoms who may, or more likely not, follow me. I always, without exception, block these con artists. Almost as bad, are people who follow me and then a short time later unfollow me, once I’ve followed them back. My theory on this is that some of them, not all, do this to increase the number of followers they have. Unfortunately for them, I have an app that keeps me informed of my twitter stats and if anyone does the above, I also block them.
Twitter has been a mostly positive experience for me and I get on very well with the majority of people I engage with. I try to be generous with my retweets, but regrettably there will always be the few that try to take advantage. However, I will continue to engage with those happy to engage with me, but I will never allow anyone to try and use me solely for their own ends. So people, share and share alike, it’s to our mutual benefit after all. 🙂