Twitter Followback

"Ducks army marching" by Radoslaw Ziomber - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Ducks army marching” by Radoslaw ZiomberOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I just went through who is following me on Twitter to follow back. I wanted to share what makes me decide to follow someone back or not. Hopefully this information will be useful in helping you get more people to follow you back.


  1. Profile picture. If you haven’t added one, and you have the egg, it works against me believing you’re a real person.
  2. Bio. No bio and I’m almost certainly not following you back.
  3. Sexy profile picture or bio. I’m not interested in connecting with people who might want to meet up or send me pictures with nudity. I often block these accounts.
  4. You sell followers. I add you to my list ( so others can block you, and I block you.
  5. Auto Direct Message on Follow. Just because I followed you back, don’t think that’s permanent! I’m really against Auto DMs on Follow, but I typically don’t unfollow for them. Many do. @JoelRRenner has a public list of people who Auto DM on follow: that makes blocking people who do this all too easy. autodmWhen I follow a bunch of accounts and get several auto DMs and they are the same I assume you’re bots and I’ll unfollow and likely block.
  6. Your bio is in a language I can’t even pretend to understand. Won’t always not followback for this, but sometimes it’s the case.
  7. Your reason for being as stated in your bio is to push tons of links and quotes and things I don’t want.


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