Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Are You Checking Your Twitter Followers?

If you are just starting on Twitter or have been there for a while, you are probably thrilled when anyone follows you back and you are growing your followers. Even though I have over 165,000 followers on Twitter, at least once a day, I'm checking through those followers and looking for several things:

1. Is this follower someone that I want following me? The world is full of people that I don't want to follow you such as porn or people who are only selling twitter followers or have no content. If I spot such a person, then I quickly block this person and exclude them from being one of my followers. Their tweets will not appear in my twitter feed if I block them.

2. Does this person speak English? I do not speak Arabic or Chinese or Japanese or ???. I speak English and only want to follow and have followers who tweet in English.  If you read their profile, in seconds you can determine whether they are writing in English or another language. Or possibly they don't have anything in their profile (as many new people don't). In these cases, I open a new tab and take a quick look at their tweets. If I see it is in another language, then I block these followers.

3. Is this follower in my target market and something I would want to see in my twitter feed (my home page on Twitter)? I make an instant decision and at times I block these people as well and remove them from Twitter.

From the outside, it may look like I follow everyone who follows me. I don't. It's important to make sure you have the right followers. I've written about the daily actions I take on Twitter. If you want to know more of these details, I encourage you to follow this link. I'm continuing to use these tools. In this article, I'm writing about some other simple and quick detailed actions I take with my twitter followers.

I appreciate the people who follow me on Twitter. While it may not seem like you have a lot of control over who follows you, you do. Take consistent action. If you attract porn or spam or twitter trolls, then others in these categories will begin to follow you as well. Through your consistent action, you send a message to others about the types of followers you want to have on Twitter.

From my years in publishing, nothing happens overnight. You will not have hundreds of entries in your blog without consistent effort. You will not have written multiple books without consistent effort. It's the same on your social media. Little by little and daily efforts for only a few minutes will make a huge difference.  

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6 Comment:

At 9:09 AM, Blogger MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA Left a note...

Terry, yours is the first article dealing with this topic that I have read. I found it quite helpful. Thank you so much for writing it.

May I post your article on some writers' loops to which I belong?

Thanks and Blessings,


At 3:21 PM, Blogger Elena Smith Left a note...

I hope this isn't a stupid question. If I have attracted a few followers who are offering their advice on advertising service (which I may or may not want to consider some day), can they see everyone that I am tweeting to?

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


Thank you for the feedback.I would encourage you to send the link to your writer loops rather than repost the entire article--so they come to the article rather than you bringing the article to them. Hope that makes sense.


At 3:41 PM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


It depends on how you respond to your followers. If you are just replying, then yes, everyone can see that reply. If you are sending a direct message (DM) then it only goes to the person that you are sending that DM. Great question. Thank you for asking.


At 3:49 PM, Blogger MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA Left a note...

Absolutely, Terry. That is what I had in mind. I would not post an entire article without your express permission.

Thanks and Blessings,


At 5:24 PM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


Perfect and thank you. I appreciate your help in spreading this article.



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