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The Twitter Snob?

September 21st, 2011 · 8 Comments

I recently had a conversation with a person relatively new to twitter about following people. I mentioned my view that you dont need to follow everyone that follow’s you, which brought up the question from my friend “So are you a Twitter snob then?”

I had a little think about it and replied that I was! I’ll explain why below:
(Now before I start i need to mention that im referring to my @Sam_Grains account here, I have 5 Twitter accounts all for different things)

  1. It’s MY Twitter account! The main reason I dont follow everyone that follows me is because I dont want to, I can’t engage with the 200+ people I follow now, I have more followers than that so how can I effectively engage with those people and add some vale to their stream? Well I cant, so I wont
  2. The second reason is that I dont have auto-follow enabled (I recommend that you dont either) and I Dont have time to see every new follower, im tweeting!! I try to make a point every week or so (well more the so at this time) to say Hi to my new followers, it doesnt mean you need to follow them, just that you need to be nice
  3. Im not a nice person! Simple, sometimes I dont follow people because I dont like what they say, im not going to follow someone who isn’t going to add value to me, just like i wouldnt expect people to follow me if they didnt get some value out of it. But as i said im selfish…..
  4. Ive had a look at your last couple of tweets (usually last 10-15) and seen your profile (including your Bio!!) and ive decided that you dont tweet enough about things im interested in for this acct,
  5. The last reason that I dont follow people is simply because I dont know they are on Twitter!! If you are new to Twitter (or not) and want me to follow you, the best way to start going about it is to engage with me, send me a tweet saying hi and start a conversation, the worst thing that will happen is that I will say Hi back!

The best thing about Twitter is that you dont have to follow anyone at all!

And if you do follow someone thats starts saying something that you dont agree with, just “un-follow” them. you dont need to be confrontative or rude, you simply just need to click a button, its that easy

But the most important thing to remember? Its your Twitter stream, and life is what you make it so why would you follow people that you dont enjoy and can add some value to your life?

Love to hear your comments below


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Tags: Social Media · Twitter

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lisa Claessen // Sep 25, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Dear Sam
    Thanks for the invite to comment. I decided to follow you as I admire your conviction to set up AgChatOz. I take no offence you do not follow me. In honesty, I find your explanation sounds a bit arrogant and reactionary. You were involved in setting up a great concept which people no doubt admire and it will attract people of all sectors interested in agriculture. It concerns me you will be misunderstood, which is fine if you don’t care, but I kinda think you may be a bit short sighted in your retort.
    Keep up the good work on a good idea – Lisa Claessen

  • 2 samgrains // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your comments, I agree that some might see it as arrogant, but it isn’t my intention at all.

    I wrote the post because of what a friend asked me and I thought that others might be thinking the same thing

    Thank you for your kind comments about AgChatOZ too, hope to see you on there very soon, if you need a hand with it please let me know


  • 3 heidi Doherty // Sep 25, 2011 at 2:15 am

    As normal you are very sensible. I do think however that if someone has a twitter account for a business, they should respond to peoples tweets…or have 2 accounts…1 purely business and other for interacting with potential customers???

  • 4 samgrains // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Hello Heidi

    Im not sure I agree with you comment about me being very sensible! But it is a very nice thing to say

    I totally agree with what you say about business twitter accounts and I actually think that if someone has gone to the trouble of sending me an @ reply, well then the least I can do is respond to them, which I do (possibly a bit late in some cases)

    I think it’s actually better if only one twitter account is used for businesses especially if they are trying to attract new customers as those potential customers can see how they interact online

    I make a point of choosing a business with good social media customer service over phone/helpdesk support as it is usually a lot quicker, I have had a few cases where I could get help a lot quicker online


  • 5 Lisa Claessen // Sep 25, 2011 at 2:24 am

    One of the nicest things I received yesterday was a small message back from a farmer thanking me for following his “humble thoughts’, and 2 other folks recently who sent a reply of thank you – maybe this is a way of making people feel okay but it does not mean you have to follow everyone…I am an older hen of nearly 50 and perhaps Sam that is what I am wrestling with :)…Lisa.again..

  • 6 samgrains // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Lisa, It really doesnt matter how old you are, people a lot older than you are on!

    I think it is good to say hi to new followers and its why I try to do it (not nearly enough though)

    And remember, if you need help dont be afraid to ask me (or anyone online!)


  • 7 david // Sep 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Heya Sam,
    great to see you have a new blog not restricted to 140 charactors;)

    I dont think anyone can be a “twitter snob”. You have some good reasons why not to follow those who follow you, but above all, you are under no obligation.
    Its like grabbing a RSS feed from this person or that group or some company. There is so much info out there, we all must decide to limit what we take in. And we should be sorting the wheat from the chaff and choosing to follow those who will make a difference ( I like your words “add value”).
    For myself, as a progressive farmer, I need to surround myself with like minded people to be inspired and uplifted and excited by the positives of farming and of course, life!

    Welcome to FarmNet.

  • 8 samgrains // Sep 26, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Cheers David

    Thanks for the invite to FarmNet

    I really do think that you should follow people as it creates your experience and adds value, but I just think that you dont have to follow everyone that follows you

    I hope to post a few posts a month on different Ag and Social Media topics, hopefully


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