Just because you have 500 friends on Facebook or MySpace doesn’t mean you will also have the same amount of friends (aka followers) on Twitter. Think again! You have got Twitter completely wrong if you think Twitter is for social networking with friends and family. Twitter’s mantra is Share, Engage, Repeat.

10 Reasons Why People Don't Follow You On Twitter

If you have got Twitter right but still can’t figure out why no one will follow you, make sure you are not making any of the following 10 mistakes.

1 – Not Tweeting
No one will follow you if you don’t have anything to share, that’s the whole point of Twitter. Before you start following anyone, start Tweeting.

2 – Posting Useless Tweets
No one cares if you need to go to the bathroom or feel like eating a donut. Don’t be lame if you are on Twitter, be interesting.

3 – Excessive Re-Tweets
Why should I follow you if you are re-tweeting someone else 24/7? I can just follow that person who you think is very interesting.

4 – Default Avatar
Default Twitter avatar is ugly, you should make sure you replace it with your personal pic or a company logo if it is a business. No one likes to follow an ugly bird…

5 – Quotes
You might be a philosopher but honestly no one cares on Twitter that you are one. Stop posting random quotes by great philosophers or others in general. A nice quote once in a while makes sense but not everyday.

6 – No Reply
If someone is asking a question and you know it is directed towards you, take out some time and reply. It is very important because if you don’t, your Twitter stream will tell others that all your care about is yourself.

7 – Begging
Don’t ask others to click a link, visit your blog, signup with some crappy service, or Digg your post. Simply put, begging doesn’t belong on Twitter.

8 – Swearing
If you are swearing at a friend, guess what? Everyone else is also looking at it and it is not like you are sending a text message. Stop swearing at your friends and others because it just shows that you have no respect and can’t handle yourself online.

9 – Spammer Personality
No one likes to follow anyone who is following 1000 people and has only 5 followers, that is a pretty messed up ratio if you ask me. Most people just assume you are a spammer because that’s what spammers do. (dumb)

10 – Excessive Tweets
Keep your Twitter stream meaningful by not Tweeting more than 15-20 times/day unless you really have to.

Just think for yourself, what are you offering to your potential followers? People are not born interesting and that shouldn’t come as surprise to you. Keep in mind, Share, Engage, Repeat.

  • harryto

    #2 is so true. I hate it when people tweet useless stuff.

  • guadalupeortega

    this is really interesting information. it was very helpful i know i was doing some of these things. thanks.

  • Joetta Freman

    Swearing is a very bad habit that i really need to brake, due to the fact I have a 16month old daughter online chatting doesn't have to necessarly be so bad.

  • guadalupeortega

    i was doing number 5 alot. i think its time to stop. but i agree with you.

  • andrinea

    Yea. I don't do any of that. After reading this it gave me more ideas with my twitter… I need to be funny maybe even ask questions.

  • The reason number 4 is so funny. Before, I never think that my avatar will effect people's point of view toward me

  • mmaurice12

    No Reply
    I have this problem a lot because there are times where people would ask a question and about 90% of the time i don't know if it is directed to me.

  • yuettse1

    I agree with #1 because I have nothing to share. Nobody is following me now.

  • Diana Litxayaleuth

    Default Avatar- This is probably why I don't have many people following me. I have the default avatar and don't really have a reason why I don't have a main picture on there. But thanks a lot for the ten reasons it makes a lot of sense.

  • Yeah there are a lot of lame people that try to be my friend and wont me to twitter them and all they talk about is what they ate are things thats not important to me what so ever. Its like tell me somthing that going to help me are that I wanna here about somthing thats education or thats going to help my career things thats hot like new hair dos and don't I wanna kind of be able to learn somthing from talking to peole i have enough stress and drama in life to be trying to talk or hear about somebody else…

  • donnabeng201

    I totally agree whole-heartedly with the 10 reasoning as to why most folks will not follow you on Twitter. I often think to myself will ppl follow me if I do not have many folks that Im following. I may tweet, but not all the time and I pick and choose who I would want to follow me. Im so thankful for the Protect Tweets as spammers do follow U and attach all kinds of sites, and junk mail for your followers to read/open. Im not too much into the RT unless it makes sense and is funny!! 9 – Spammer Personality
    No one likes to follow anyone who is following 1000 people and has only 5 followers, that is a pretty messed up ratio if you ask me. Most people just assume you are a spammer because that’s what spammers do. (dumb) – reminds me of Myspace….need I say more.

  • Rhonesha v.

    I agree with number three. There are so many people on Facebook that write stupid comments like: I'm going to sleep or should I eat a banana or an apple? etc. No one cares and it is really annoying. I also agree with number seven. You shouldn't have to beg people to like you.

  • Thanks for sharing this information. It's very useful for people use twitter. # 7 is true because I can see it on any Social Media Sites. People always try to put advertisement or spam on other websites.

  • isaiah pita

    Default Avatar i like because with your own picture on there it shows people who is following them, and they might just follow you back.

  • Mai

    I'm not a serious Twitter user but I agree with you the main point of twitter is tweeting and not tweeting is not gonna get you to anywhere.

  • I think number two is the most important one. Because, nobody wants to constantly be notified about what your feeling or doing every minute of the day. I think everyone has their own reason to use twitter but it isn't a tweet if they are posting something with no meaning.

  • Misgunderso

    I think those tips on how to get more followers on twitter are grate ideas, and they will work in almost anyone who are committed to share their ides and experience. Zahid, you made a grate suggestion saying “No one will follow you if you don’t have anything to share, that’s the whole point of Twitter,” and also people have to know why they are sinning up into twitter, in other words they have to understand what twitter is all about. As you said at the top, it really shows if you are into twitter with purpose, and that shows by the way you treat others who are on twitter.