This blog is companion to a book and the blog has a companion twitter feed which doesn’t do much except post URLs from the blog. It is a convenience more than anything for users who prefer URL’s via twitter to using a feed reader. This seems to make sense as over 6000 have chosen to follow the twitter feed – with just over 40 using feedburner.
When I started the twitter feed I decide to follow back all of the followers – more out of courtesy than anything else and I did it manually. I still do partly because I don’t want to auto follow bots or spammers.
However I noticed that a proportion of followers then decide to unfollow after I follow them back and I wondered why. It looks to me that some of them are doing this on huge and systematic scale just to boost their own follower numbers. Generally this practise is regarded as spamming. So I though I would publish the top eight (there are several hundred). You have a look and decide if you think they are spammers and if they see this and they don’t agree perhaps they can add their comments and explain their approach to social media.
|73,340 following||77,122 followers|
|49 following||39,219 followers|
|108 following||51,827 followers|
|10 following||47,621 followers|
|211 following||40,065 followers|
|34,924 following||36,329 followers|
|34,253 following||37,773 followers|
|123 following||31,281 followers|