Am I required to keep following people who are not interested in connecting with me?
After being temporarily suspended the other day, I am now paralyzed with fear.
I was aggressively churning, and that was wrong. I apologize. My intention was not to create a negative experience for anyone else.
I copied about 75 followers from @JAltucher and followed them. (He’s one of my favorite writers.) Later I un-followed a bunch of them. I did these for 2 or 3 days.
I am not a spammer, or a robot. I am a writer and a human, looking to connect with other humans. This is your rule:
“Following on Twitter is different because following is not mutual.”
I respect this rule. Nobody has to follow me back. If they don’t think I’m interesting, they shouldn’t.
The rule does not state, however, that I have to keep following everyone I follow.
For me, it is not about numbers. I have 75 followers. I am the least famous author in the world ever to be suspended by Twitter.
I would kill for 1,000 true fans rather than 100,000 followers. (I’m not a killer!)
It’s about discovering people who want to have a conversation with me, and who like to talk about the things I like to write about.
There must be an actual number (known as the ‘churn ratio’) which triggers suspension. I am content to follow & un-follow a meager 5 to 10 people per day. I don’t ask much. Am I going to get suspended again that?
I thank you for providing this amazing service. I hope to contribute something to it.
Sincerely Not Spam,
Matt Fried <– (That’s me, on Twitter. Hopefully for a long time …)
PS: If I post this on @Medium, will that help?