Del Williams


Why I Unfollowed all My Followers on Twitter

Some might say it was hypocritical of me to unfollow everyone on Twitter, but really it was to help have a better experience. It was probably hypocritical because I have not agreed with people when they have done it in the past, but most of the time, they let it be known it was due to anger.

I unfollowed for a different reason...Spammers. There is nothing engaging about a stream full of quotes, articles, and ads from the same people over and over again. People who don't say anything to anyone, but want you to read all their posts. Some seem to have it on auto pilot.

I think the last straw was when one guy posted an invitation to an event that had already been held the previous month. I am all for scheduled tweets, but they do have an option for an end date.

Another reason for the unfollows was feeling pressured into the you follow me, and I follow you thinking. Well, we are adults, and unless there is a reason, why should I or anyone follow people for that reason alone? Proof also came when nearly 200 people auto-unfollowed me, so it was not like they wanted to engage, in my opinion.

I was missing the engagement with people because they were lost to me in the stream of scheduled tweets and spam ads. As my stream looks now as I have added people back, it is worth reading, Retweeting at times, and talking to people.

Some may not like what I did, but it was my decision and I make no apologies for it. I don't think I am a wannabe guru, twitter celebrity, or anything like that. I am an engager who likes to meet people and talk to people. I like to help people if I can, and receive it if I need it. That could not be done effectively with the way the stream was.

So, what's done is done. Let's build a good relationship knowing that I have gone by hand and selected the people personally who are on my stream for a reason. I will add to it as I go along.

As for the motivational quotes and article only people, they will now be designated to lists as opposed to following.

That concludes my reasoning. Tell me what you think.

Whatever you are, be a good one. - Abraham Lincoln
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@trharp1 said...

Good for you, Del! Twitter is a number of things to a number of people (connection, interest, inspiration, news and information, marketing, . . .). Make it enjoyable and relevant to you.

Shanna said...

Ditto. I have found myself lost in my own Twitter stream and am still trying to navigate the best way to use it.

Best wishes to you and yes, make it work for you. If it doesn't work for you, it's just a waste of time.

Del Williams said...

Thanks guys. It was a hard decision to come to, but it is the right one for me. I am not advocating that everyone do it. Only negative comments have been from people I never knew even followed me. LOL

Dana Ashmore said...

I couldn't have said it any better!

Urban Brand Architect said...

This is the best use of social networking - making it work for you -

sandra mckenna said...

Conversation, Connecting, Caring ... the 3 C's of Twitter! I agree Del. I could hardly justify taking time away from my family and friends to spend sifting through spam ...

Akie. A. said...

Great article!.. I actually got on twitter with a mission to promote my site. Think i added about 200 people in the first day. after a week or so deleted all of them. For me it was the trending topics that added no value and string of useless information that covered my wall. Then again, twitter has reduced us from being humans, to mere birds. We don't talk to each other anymore...we tweet. But that's a discussion for another time..