How to determine who to follow on Twitter


Twitter is a great way to drum up business and meet new contacts. But how can you be sure you are following the right people on Twitter? Spammers are becoming more and more popular on Twitter. How can you avoid these pesky spammers? Here’s a few simple steps you can take to be sure you are following legit people:

Do they have an avatar?  Any real person on Twitter worth a follow will take the time to put up a photo. And on that note, real photographs are preferable, as they add credibility to the account.

Read their bio. Does their bio tell something about the person or company? Or is it just some spammy looking long link? Is it obvious they’re trying to get you to click and go somewhere that looks suspicious? If so, don’t follow – and definitely don’t click!

Do they have any followers? If no one follows them you can count on one of two things: either they are a spam bot or they aren’t an interesting follow. Whichever the case, you probably don’t want to be connected with them. The only exception here would be if they just created a new account.

Read through their timeline. Do they tweet a million times a day? Are their tweets always self-promotional? If yes to any of those, you don’t want them clogging up your Twitter feed.

By taking a bit of care, you can follow the right people and slowly grow your followers list as well. Can you think of anything else to add to the checklist?

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