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My Approach to Following Accounts on Twitter

(last updated 9/9/2016)

When it first got going, I was one of the “What’s the point of Twitter?” people. But, gradually, I found it more interesting, and, since late 2012, have been an avid participant.

I like real followers. I regularly purge fake followers and inactive followers except for a few friends/relatives who like to read but not participate. ManageFlitter is a useful tool for managing Twitter followers. However it doesn’t identify obvious spam accounts with profiles like this:

I do not intend to share pic on Twitter however you can add my snapchat: XXXX so I am able to send you my pictures etc.

or

Goт мy ғιrѕт oғғer тodαy ғroм 100ĸғollowerѕ INC, GET 10,000 Twιттer Followerѕ ғor $39, αт http://bit.ly/XXXXXXX

I now report profiles like to Twitter as spam accounts before I block them. If you add me to a list, I block you.

I’m not the kind to follow back everyone. I don’t follow (or immediately unfollow and sometimes block) any of the following kinds of accounts:

While I’m very active on #uniteblue, I don’t automatically follow-back because some people who are members of #uniteblue fall under one of the above categories.

I also think demanding a follow back or visiting a link is silly. I appreciate follow backs but don’t demand them. I might be too outspoken for many and that’s fine.

The single best way to guarantee that I’ll unfollow you is to send me a DM. Hate DMs on Twitter, they’re annoying.

Basically, when I run into people I’d rather not follow, I unfollow them and sometimes I block them and move on. If they’re overly abusive, commercial, or pornographic, I also report them to Twitter.

I do not read DMs and have said even so in my Twitter bio. They are a horrific waste of time. With only a few exceptions, they’ve been spam from a Twitter app or harassment. I’m at the point where I unfollow accounts which send out DMs.

I’m glad there are now tools to make blocking abuse accounts much easier. If you’re interested in learning more about blocking sock puppets, visit BlockTogether. You can create block lists and share them if you’d like to. If you got ensnared in the whole #GamerGate mess, follow GGAutoBlocker on Twitter.

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