While going through my favourite blogs this morning I came across a post from Sourav Das where he asks What is your Twitter follow back policy? I thought that was a great question especially as rankings can be affected by the kind of people we follow, not to mention all those automated accounts that send out spam and never interact.
I answered his question briefly in the comments but thought I’d share my Twitter follow back policy with you here. Maybe you will find it helpful too.
Firstly I use JustUnfollow which provides me with a list of people that have followed me, so I can go through the list and select who to follow back.
This is my 6 point checklist I go through when making the decision..
- Bio and Photo – If neither are present you will be ignored. I want to know who you are.
- Open Profile – If you have locked your account you must have something un-savoury to hide, so I won’t follow you.
- Follower/following ratio - I don’t have a specific ratio I follow, but most would say 10% more followers than following. If yours is way more either way it could indicate a spam account or someone that buys (unresponsive) followers. So I guess I stick with the 10% – 15% kinda ratio.
- Language - If your not posting in English, there’s no point my following as I won’t understand.
- Interaction – This really should be number 1, basically I’m looking for mentions and retweets. I want to know you come online and interact with your followers.
- Content - Am I interested in the type of topics you tweet about? Do you share content I will find interesting and useful?
So there you have it, my 6 point checklist I use when deciding whether to follow back on Twitter.
Is there anything else you can add? I’d love to hear your follow back policy tips in the comments….