I’ve recently noticed what is for me a new trend on Twitter: people or companies who follow at random and expect a follow back, then, when they get it, promptly unfollow. The people tend to be those who offer certain services, such as a mass of new followers on Twitter, Facebook and so on, for a small fee. When I say small, I mean of course a fee which is far more than anyone needs to pay since followers should, in my opinion, be earned and not bought.
Screenshot Source: Twitter
Watching my own numbers, I have seen quite a few instances of this, I get a follower whose interests have absolutely no connection to mine. My follower tally goes up a notch. A few days later, whether I have followed that person or not, my follower tally goes down a notch again, the person has disappeared. Their own follower rate, however, remains high.
Now, this shown profile could possibly be such an example. Why should he want to follow me out of all the thousands of followers that he already has? We have no connection whatsoever, no similar interests, no friendship, no prior communication. It smacks to me, although I could be wrong, of bolstering through following and then unfollowing, something which, according to the rules on Twitter, shouldn’t be happening.
I haven’t followed – because there are no mutual interests – and I can almost guarantee, when I look back in a few days time, he won’t be following me either. Not because I haven’t followed back, but because that is the way he works. And what, I ask, is the point? Clearly he is selling his company, his services, but through a means which, for me, are unorthodox if not downright despicable.
Love & Kisses, Viki.