Ok so I feel like kind of a jerk writing this, but what Twitter user hasn't seen a recent unfollow and thought "Hmm what'd I do?" -ok maybe you are the type of person who doesn't care, and to be honest I think that's probably the best way to treat Twitter, we can't please everyone all of the time. As for me, I'm sure the reasons are NUMEROUS as to why I get regularly unfollowed by all sorts, from my animal sharing to my occasional treating Twitter like my very own 90's mixtape,
Monday Muse: Mary Lou Lord https://t.co/lgN4rvePsa— Steffany (@SteffanyMR) August 17, 2015
to random retweets to whatever else. I am by no means a perfect Twitterite. I do think sometimes problems arise when people just randomly follow people for no reason only to find they have nothing in common. We all have our own personal bugbears though, which go beyond the "mute" button. So here are mine!
Five Things That Make Me Unfollow You On Twitter
1. The Repeat Offender: "Hey I posted a blog!".....then a minute later "You might recall I posted a blog"....another minute later "Um there's a blog post HERE!! >>>> for anyone on earth not looking at Twitter!". I get that Twitter goes by in an instant, and some bloggers see scheduled/repeat tweets as a necessity to get their posts out there. I'm sure my in general individual blog tweets are seen by all of five people. But I can live with that. I do not enjoy reruns in life, or on Twitter.* Also, on a related note, don't bogart the blogger link up hashtags people! Use the hashtag once, not fifty times. Honestly, just use your manners in regards to blogging, please. And maybe post something not blog related while you're at it, I know for me it makes me more likely to click on a person's blog if I am not seeing only blog related posts - is this just me?
2. The "Look at me, I'm doing something I think is wonderful but in actual fact is kind of horrible!": In this case, for me this week, it was someone "swimming with dolphins". Ok I know that there are a lot of people out there who have a bucket list that includes swimming with dolphins. Most people of my generation were raised to think it was some sort of "magical spirit journey of the soul" type experience. I know that some of these places aren't as horrific as Sea World and the dolphins are living a vaguely outdoor/natural water experience (I guess). I do think dolphins don't hate humans or else they would have started eating us like the poor Sea World orca (and rightly so I emphasize, for anyone who hasn't seen Blackfish). But generally I tend to agree with Bill Bailey, who tried to swim with dolphins in the wild and it all went a bit hilariously wrong (scroll to three minutes in for story). It's not natural, especially when it's not their choice. So I felt guilty for unfollowing this person, who for all I know is a very nice person, but the truth is I had no other connection to keep me following them.
3. The "Digital Nomad" Smug Tweeter: Ok frankly I avoid anyone who uses the term "digital nomad" in their profile like a badge of honour like the plague. Having to define yourself in a catchphrase is like my biggest nightmare, so when people embrace them it freaks me out.We can also file this under "Smug Travel Blogger" - So I am not averse to a travel blog, heck I even share my own little adventures on this blog when I can. But there is something about some professional travel bloggers that after awhile becomes frankly unbearable to me. Is it petty jealousy? Probably, sure. But a thoughtful travel blog that isn't just trying to make you green with envy is such a rare thing. It's seemingly hard to do. Or it's what they think the reader wants? These blogs have a tendency to create posts about how you are not living life until you've walked the Great Wall of China, nursed a baby orangutan back to health and bungee jumped off of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, all preferably in a three month time period. They're just rather daunting and unrelatable to me - do I envy the life of the professional traveller? Of course. I love a good travel read- give me Bill Bryson any day. But don't be a braggart and act like these very lucky experiences are in any way achievable for the average reader. I don't know, am I alone here? It just seems like there are a gajillion of them on Twitter, I can only take so much.
4. The Boring Tweet That Lets You Know They Have Been Retweeted: Because we need to know this? aka "My Best RT's this week came from @macaroontwinkletoes5000 @hollyandthejollies65xx and @marciamarciamarcids4life thx luv u all mwah mwah #bloggersunite xxxx!
Honestly just for WHY?! I know that "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" is definitely a thing on Twitter, but what is the purpose of this madness?!!! I am NOT having a go at "FF", etc., I do think networking is a helpful aspect of blogging on Twitter. But the autobot generated generic thanks ad infinitum are beginning to grate.
5. The Instagram Spammer: Ok, I do occasionally click on Instagram posts, especially if it's of your lovely Outfit Of The Day or other nice photo of random-ness. But some Twitter users just abuse the privilege and treat Twitter like their own personal photo album. I'm TIRED OF CLICKING and being frankly disappointed 99% of the time.
So there we have it, I hope I have not caused any offense....don't worry you can just unfollow me or never read my blog again! ;-) How about you, what makes you push the unfollow button? Or do you just rise above it like a more graceful human than me? ;-0
* There are some exceptions to the repeat rule. For example, The Gilmore Girls. I have yet to reach any kind of repeat tolerance limit for Gilmore Girls episodes. I no longer seek it out (ok sometimes I seek it out!), but if I stumble across it one rainy afternoon I cannot turn it off. It might be the episode where Rory throws deviled eggs at Jess's car or where Sonic Youth turn up or where Grandma Gilmore is delivering some of her punchiest lines!