Twitter Followers: How To Gain (Or Lose) Followers On Twitter

From a blogging standpoint, those who know me know that I LOVE Twitter. Facebook? Not so much. Pinterest of course! But the love of my social media life is Twitter. I occasionally have bloggers that are just starting out how to do certain things. How to get a sponsored post to write. How to build a blog community (loyal readership). Blog tips for those just starting out. Recently I’ve been asked: How do you get Twitter followers and How do you decide which Twitter followers to unfollow?

So I decided to create a list of what makes me follow or unfollow Twitter followers. Some of these suggestions are mine, while some of them came from tweeps (the lovely people of Twitter) when I asked how they decide to follow and unfollow people on Twitter. I can’t tell you how to buy Twitter followers because I don’t know how, and would never, EVER consider doing it. But I can tell you what has worked for me since I started tweeting. All of my followers were gained organically.

twitter_followersHow To Decide Who To Follow On Twitter (And What You Can Do To Get More Twitter Followers)

Follow People Who…

Spread the Love  If you tweet links to posts that you enjoyed reading or retweet a link, chances are most tweeps will follow you.

Other ways to spread the love include responding to a question asked by including your answer with a retweet. Tell your followers about tweeps that you like and that they should follow. If you see that I’m trying to promote something (maybe a Twitter party or a guest post) and you retweet it, that makes my heart happy.

But this isn’t one-sided; is should be reciprocal. Not every single time, but regularly try to help spread the love.

Have a Sense of Humor Most tweeps that I asked responded that they follow people who make them laugh. You don’t have to be a comedienne; if something funny happens send out a quick tweet so that others can enjoy it too.

Have Common Interests If you are a mom of young children and twins like I am, you might want to find other tweeps who are in your same boat. I also follow lots of food bloggers because I love finding and trying new recipes and sharing foodie tips. If you have a hobby or interest, do a search using hashtags related to it to find people with similar interests.

How To Decide Who To UnFollow On Twitter (And What NOT To Do So You Don’t Lose Twitter Followers)

Unfollow People Who…

Auto Direct Message (DM) Send out a generic “Thanks for the follow now go follow me on Facebook (or go visit my website)” direct message, and I will automatically unfollow you no matter what. Send out a “Hi Natalie! Thanks for following and I look forward to your tweets” direct message I may or may not unfollow after I check to see if you interact a lot with others.

Another automatic no-follow is if you tweet and ask others to follow you. If I look at your history and see you’ve also already tweeted 100 other people the same request, no way I’m following you. You are probably spam.

twitter_eggHave a Profile Picture of the Twitter Egg If you are an egg, no follow. I understand that some people don’t want to have their photo out there for the world to see, but there’s no reason to be an egg. To me, and other tweeps, an egg represents that you are a spam account. And ain’t nobody got time to be following spam accounts.

If you don’t want to use your personal photo, find a common interest and use that. For example, I could use my blog button or a picture of a recipe or something. Anything but the Twitter egg!

Don’t Have a Profile Description It takes a full two seconds to complete a short profile description letting others know what you are all about. If you don’t have one, you are probably spam.

Never Respond To Anybody If you tweet out a question and then don’t even bother responding back to me when I respond, that tells me you really didn’t want to interact. Also? It’s rude.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I don’t respond to every, single tweet I get…but I bet I do respond to 95% of them or more. Even if it’s just saying thank you.

So over a period of time, people who never, ever respond back to you really aren’t worth following. Unless it’s Justin Timberlake. Celebrities and huge brands I don’t expect to tweet back. But when they do, it makes my day!

Have a Gazillion Followers and Only Tweet Links (Or Only Tweet Out Links No Matter How Many Followers!) No interaction? No follow. If someone just spews out links all day, what’s the purpose of following?

TYPE IN ALL CAPS These tweeps have no online manners or know how…and 99% of the time, they probably are the same people tweeting out links all day.

Tweeps also mentioned they unfollowed people who tweeted judgmental, racist, and sexist tweets. They also unfollow people who tweet bad grammar and poor spelling. Tweeps like people who tweet regularly, but not constantly. One tweep said ” I don’t think anyone is so interesting that they need to take up 80% of my feed.” I agree. Nudity, vulgarity, and too much political talk will also get you unfollowed by the tweeps that responded to my question.

How do you decide who to keep as your Twitter followers and who you unfollow?

Have any questions about Twitter? I’m writing a follow up post so if you have a question, be sure to leave it in the comment section!


  1. and without The Twitter ... i would never have found you - blessed! Sisters from Another Mister recently posted..Travel to Albany, NY – Sisters Talk Their HoodMy Profile
  2. I've been following a lot of new people lately - writers, mostly - and I had one of those "I wish I'd said that" moments while I was IN the moment. So for once I spoke my mind. One new follow immediately auto DM'd me something about how her biggest pet peeves are when her students call her "miss", since she has a PhD, and being ignored. And asked "What are yours?". My answer: "Honestly? Auto DM's." But I did put a smiley face on it to soften it. And then I unfollowed. Mrs. Jen B recently posted..#HonorMyself Monday – Living IntentionallyMy Profile
  3. I've been unfollowing people like crazy because they're just tweeting links or we have literally NO interaction. It's so freeing! I was so into twitter when I first joined the blogging community, but I've taken a step back, and it's changed. It's much harder to find a conversation to jump into nowadays, and there's just too much noise. Leigh Ann recently posted..Activities not meant for introvertsMy Profile
  4. Great tips and points. There has to be interaction, otherwise why bother. I'm not as ga-ga over Twitter as I used to be, nowadays I just use it to communicate with my favorite peeps. :) Tonya recently posted..No Dogs Allowed?My Profile
  5. Mamaintheburbs says:
    I appreciate this post! I have been on twitter for less than a year and I'm struggling with getting more engaging followers. I also am a devoted blog reader and would like the authors of the blogs to follow me. I comment on their blogs, their IG pictures, I'm following them and I get nothing. I guess they are too big for me. I'm hoping to launch my blog soon and I want to launch it to a bigger audience than my current 580 followers, especially since part of those followers are spam I'm sure. So any more advice I would appreciate:)
    • Let me know if you have any specific questions! I can also direct you to some posts I've written about growing a loyal following and building engagement...posts I have written on my blog and a couple that I wrote for SITS!
  6. Great post, Natalie! I am an especially big hater of the Auto direct message. Instant turn-off! Amelia recently posted..Healthy Toddler Food IdeasMy Profile
  7. It's actually my favorite social media platform but I had to take a step back from it. I wanted more than links and RT and I was starting to fall into that trap too. I want to come back from my Twitter break and remember why I loved it in the first place...finding friends and having fun. Kristen recently posted..Connecting Through MusicMy Profile
  8. Wow, you have a lot of followers, I'm impressed! I guess I need to follow your these! ;) I haven't been on twitter as much lately though. It was becoming a little bit too much of a time-suck for me, personally. Great tips though! Elaine A. recently posted..We've DONE Mardi Gras!My Profile
  9. As a newbie (sort of) to Twitter--i appreciate your wisdom! I don't understand the" #" "thing" and how that works..but I am learning quickly Janeen recently posted..Can You “Own” a Color? Absolutely!My Profile
  10. Interesting post! I found you through the SITS tweet. New follower. I look forward to reading more of your blog tips, etc. have a wonderful Wednesday (evening). Stacie xo Stacie recently posted..Optimistic MondayMy Profile
  11. OMG, I cannot stand those auto DM's! They are the worst! I do like the people that will @ you to thank you for the follow. I probably need to incorporate that into my twitter interactions as well. ConventionalDee recently posted..Escape from Team Chunk: Juice Fast Day 1My Profile
  12. Great advice. Twitter is my least favorite social media. I get most of my interactions from Facebook. I am trying though.....your advice will help me get better! Making Our Life Matter recently posted..Common Courtesy: Above And BeyondMy Profile
  13. Awesome advice! So glad you wrote this! If I see no @ messages in the first page of someone's timeline, I won't follow. Twitter isn't an echo chamber. And I won't follow if a stream is all links or all quotes or all twitter party stuff. I rarely unfollow. Usually only for bad language or if someone recycles their tweets. (I don't want to see the same joke in the morning and at night.) Laura recently posted..Great ExpectationsMy Profile
  14. Great tips! Thanks for sharing. I rarely unfollow but I do hate those auto DMs so now I know what I'm gonna do when I get one! Alison @ racingtales recently posted..Infinit Custom Nutrition Review and GiveawayMy Profile
  15. Great advice. I'm using Twitter but find that I get more referrals from Pinterest and it's less work. It's very time consuming to respond to every Tweet. How do you have the time to manage that? PragmaticMom recently posted..Best Books for Kids Blog HopMy Profile
  16. Such a great post, thanks! I'm still pretty new to Twitter and trying to learn the ropes. I already need to clean up my feed, though. I'm on Twitter because I think I'll enjoy the camaraderie, not for mere numbers. This post was helpful! (Thankfully I found you because someone I follow retweeted you) :) Monika recently posted..Review: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittMy Profile
  17. These are great tips! I hate the auto messages, and the egg!! I'd love to know some tips on cleaning out my followers and getting rid of people I no longer want to follow. I just keep puting it off. Adrienne recently posted..Featured Blogger-JDaniel4′s MomMy Profile
  18. This is very interesting, You're a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I've shared your web site in my social networks! instagram followers for sale cheap recently posted..instagram followers for sale cheapMy Profile


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