What’s The Twitter Rule On Following People?

Since Google basically killed Jaiku, I’ve moved back to Twitter, where I first discovered this whole microblogging thing. I now have 2 accounts – my personal @rcadden account, and the @symbianguru account, for my Symbian-Guru.com website. I use Tweetdeck on my computer(s) and Gravity on my phone(s) to keep up with things, and it works out quite nicely. However, I have a question, and I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this.

For my @rcadden account, I currently follow roughly half of the people who follow me. I get alot of spam followers, so that makes sense. Periodically, too, I’ll go through my followers and follow anyone who I might actually know, but slipped through the cracks. Contrarily, on my Symbian-Guru account, I don’t follow anyone, currently. I am, however, gaining an increasing number of followers (as hoped and expected). I’ve had one person comment that I’m not following anyone on @symbianguru, and ask why?

My reason is that the @symbianguru account is for me to broadcast things (blog posts, special deals, symbianguru-related comments, etc). I do spend specific amounts of time there responding to others, and using it for events. I don’t follow anyone there because I follow anyone I want on my @rcadden account. I don’t need to follow anyone on @symbianguru, therefore. It would only serve to junk up my main feed.

My question then, is this rude? Is it rude to want and expect others to follow you, without so much of an inkling of a desire to follow them?

Published by rcadden

Just a dude with a phone.

14 thoughts on “What’s The Twitter Rule On Following People?

  1. Dude, anyone who tells you that they know the ‘rules of Twitter’ are full of crap. There ARE no rules! You use it how you want, in whatever way works for you — anyone who tells you otherwise, or claims to be an ‘expert’ at it is simply blowing smoke.

    Consider this — some folks use it to broadcast stuff, some use it to discover stuff. Some use it almost like an RSS reader, others don’t use it for anything except personal collaboration. In the end, are any of these ways ‘right’? Hell no!

    Do what works for you, and don’t worry about anything else — if people are seriously getting themselves worked into a tizzy over what they perceive as ‘rude’ then they have WAY to much time on their hands.

    My two cents.

    -olly

  2. Dude, anyone who tells you that they know the ‘rules of Twitter’ are full of crap. There ARE no rules! You use it how you want, in whatever way works for you — anyone who tells you otherwise, or claims to be an ‘expert’ at it is simply blowing smoke.

    Consider this — some folks use it to broadcast stuff, some use it to discover stuff. Some use it almost like an RSS reader, others don’t use it for anything except personal collaboration. In the end, are any of these ways ‘right’? Hell no!

    Do what works for you, and don’t worry about anything else — if people are seriously getting themselves worked into a tizzy over what they perceive as ‘rude’ then they have WAY to much time on their hands.

    My two cents.

    -olly

  3. Following someone out of courtesy is just stupid. What’s the point of that. I follow someone If I like their Tweets, if I don’t why fill up my life with unwanted junk?

  4. Following someone out of courtesy is just stupid. What’s the point of that. I follow someone If I like their Tweets, if I don’t why fill up my life with unwanted junk?

  5. Following someone out of courtesy is just stupid. What’s the point of that. I follow someone If I like their Tweets, if I don’t why fill up my life with unwanted junk?

  6. By not following and interacting with people on your SG account you’re missing the point of social media. There are no rules other than to be social. With few exceptions I don’t follow broadcast twitter accounts, that’s was RSS is for.

    1. That’s the thing – I do interact, regularly. I have a computer on my desk with Tweetdeck running, and the Symbianguru account loaded up on Gravity, so that I can quickly respond to any @replies or DMs I may get. I also use the account to interact with people from various search keywords. The account, as you can go see, is not entirely made up of the RSS feed – I regularly post updates there about what phone I’m using, frustrations, and whatnot, relating specifically to Symbian-Guru and phones and that sort of thing.

  7. By not following and interacting with people on your SG account you’re missing the point of social media. There are no rules other than to be social. With few exceptions I don’t follow broadcast twitter accounts, that’s was RSS is for.

    1. That’s the thing – I do interact, regularly. I have a computer on my desk with Tweetdeck running, and the Symbianguru account loaded up on Gravity, so that I can quickly respond to any @replies or DMs I may get. I also use the account to interact with people from various search keywords. The account, as you can go see, is not entirely made up of the RSS feed – I regularly post updates there about what phone I’m using, frustrations, and whatnot, relating specifically to Symbian-Guru and phones and that sort of thing.

  8. By not following and interacting with people on your SG account you’re missing the point of social media. There are no rules other than to be social. With few exceptions I don’t follow broadcast twitter accounts, that’s was RSS is for.

    1. That’s the thing – I do interact, regularly. I have a computer on my desk with Tweetdeck running, and the Symbianguru account loaded up on Gravity, so that I can quickly respond to any @replies or DMs I may get. I also use the account to interact with people from various search keywords. The account, as you can go see, is not entirely made up of the RSS feed – I regularly post updates there about what phone I’m using, frustrations, and whatnot, relating specifically to Symbian-Guru and phones and that sort of thing.

  9. In this case, no. That’s my answer to your ‘is it rude’ question. Since you as a person do follow people (at @rcadden), can’t be rude. And I do understand the need for a @symbianguru. I guess there are some people who would use Twitter instead of a feed reader, so you gotta cater to them as well.

    Perhaps you should make a mention in your bio of @symbianguru that the Guru himself is to be found at @rcadden.

  10. In this case, no. That’s my answer to your ‘is it rude’ question. Since you as a person do follow people (at @rcadden), can’t be rude. And I do understand the need for a @symbianguru. I guess there are some people who would use Twitter instead of a feed reader, so you gotta cater to them as well.

    Perhaps you should make a mention in your bio of @symbianguru that the Guru himself is to be found at @rcadden.

  11. In this case, no. That’s my answer to your ‘is it rude’ question. Since you as a person do follow people (at @rcadden), can’t be rude. And I do understand the need for a @symbianguru. I guess there are some people who would use Twitter instead of a feed reader, so you gotta cater to them as well.

    Perhaps you should make a mention in your bio of @symbianguru that the Guru himself is to be found at @rcadden.

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