Lindsay Gill: How I lost 50 Twitter followers overnight

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How I lost 50 Twitter followers overnight


"Linds, you have 19 followers on Twitter."

My younger brother pointed that out to me when I first started blogging.  It was a simple fact, but it resonated with me.  I was explaining to him that I was having a giveaway on my blog, and that I was trying to get more people to enter and was having trouble.  

Later, he calmly asked me..."By the way, is that you on Google+ every day or I am getting spammed?"

Again, a simple question that had me stop in my blogging tracks.  

I learned that "sharing" my google posts with my circles didn't just mean they could see them on google+, but that they would actually get an email each time.  That's annoying! And clearly can be confused with spam!  I learned that you need more than 19 Twitter followers to increase entries in a giveaway.

I quickly learned that if I followed and supported another blog, they would usually return the favor.  How exciting!  All I had to do was "like" every single thing I came across on all social media and voila! my following would grow, as well.

Until last night.  When I opened Twitter and was overwhelmed by the amount of tweets that I was not interested in.  And then Facebook...my wall was filled with blogs I didn't even read and their posts on anything under the sun.  And you guessed it...Twitter, and Instagram.  Who are these people and why am I looking at their children on Instagram?  I had ruined my own experience reading blogs and social media by trying to promote my own blog and social media.

So last night, I started unfollowing.  If you were unfollowed, and I'm sure unfollowspy told ya so, I'm sorry.  It's not personal.  I can't keep up!  I'm learning as I go.  

I literally lost 50 followers overnight from unfollowing them.  You're not gunna follow me?  Fine, then I won't follow you! they said.  How interesting!  An experiment in mass psychology.

On the same note, I've read two articles on this subject.  The gazillion "likes" we're acquiring is not all that helpful when it comes to actually gaining readers and "views."  Facebook now carefully chooses who and when see your post based on the popularity of it with a certain number of viewers.  If those certain viewers have no interest in my material and they don't "like" it or comment on it, it probably won't be shown to my other followers who actually be interested.

How silly this all sounds!  And how personally we take it.  Myself included!  And the advertising companies did this to us, that's the first question they ask when you're thinking of collaborating with a company.  

What's my point?  My point is that I'm learning.  My point is that I don't want to let me blog-readership-growing-tactics-that-aren't-tactics get in the way of enjoying social media and following blogs that really interest me.  Otherwise I'm missing out!  In other words, I am walking a thin line on compromising myself, compromising my likes, my interests, my down time.  And I'd like to stop that immediately.

What is your experience with all of this?

10 comments:

  1. Oddly enough, most of my following is on twitter. I follow every single one of my followers. When I went through to 'clear space' I only unfollowed people who were not following me back. I feel if you follow me, I can follow you. I only follow 50 organizations who don't follow me back, but they are companies/ nonprofit organizations that I care about or find interesting. There is balance now & somehow I keep growing on twitter, even though I'm rarely on there. That's ok with me.

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    1. That was what I was doing until I realized that if I'm rarely on there (because I'm overwhelmed by the tweets that don't fit my interests) then what's the point of following someone else? I feel like I'm missing out on tweets of the bloggers I really enjoy. Maybe I have a misconception of what Twitter is all about, and I'm ok with that too. I appreciate your feedback, and just like anything else, I'm sure each person finds their balance differently. Thanks for reading!

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  2. I find that making lists within the different social media outlets allows me to easily find my must read blogs and friends easily. Not possible with Facebook, but it is with the others :) Social media is just so overwhelming in general.
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

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    1. Lists seem like a great idea, Corey! Thanks for your input!

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  3. I'm finding more and more that I adore Facebook and hate Twitter when it comes to my blog. I've found almost no use for Twitter—I find it more annoying than anything. It feels like a loud, crowded nightclub where you're supposed to feel like you're hanging out with all the cool people, but really you just get snippets here and there and can't have an actual conversation over all the noise. I've seriously considered becoming a Twitter quitter several times. Still considering it, actually. I figure social media should feed you in some way. Facebook does that for me. I love it. I have lots of interaction with my readers, 90% of my traffic comes from there, and I use it almost like therapy. :) I also have almost times more followers on Facebook than on Twitter. I just can't seem to get on the Twitter bandwagon, and I've decided that's okay. It clearly isn't working for me. Why force it?

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    1. I agree, it doesn't come naturally to me! And you're right, lots of followers and likes means something different for each feed and I haven't felt like I need decrease the things I follow on Facebook as much. Maybe because it's more visual and spaced out? Thanks for reading and for your input :)

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  4. I deleted my twitter profile because it was doing absolutely nothing for me. I wasnt interested in the ridiculous number of tweets about makeup, random news etc and unfollowed a whole bunch of people, and eventually deleted my profile. It was a futile and waste of my time. I never got the hang of twitter anyways. I simply now concentrate on facebook and instagram, where I follow meaningful blogs/stores/people that I can gain inspiration of ideas from. purging occasionally even there helps keep it sane for me. While the numbers matter, it will always go up and down unless you have 10K+ where it doesnt anymore. I certainly am a small fish, but I will hold my ground for what its worth.

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    1. Deleting it could be my next step. I do agree that there are so many inspiring and creative posts that Id rather be reading! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. It's always hard to balance gaining readership vs ruining blogging and social media for yourself. I followed a lot of people too on Instagram and then after a while I had to cut it down because it was just too much. I follow a lot on twitter but I don't care b/c twitter is just too much to handle anyways. I don't feel that I get much out of Facebook. When it says 1 person saw your post it feels pointless. I actually am not too sure how much any social media is doing for me as most of my views come from google search or bloglovin. I probably just don't have enough followers on any of them. Just FYI I found this post on Facebook. Also, when I clicked your bloglovin link your blog didn't come up. It just took me to my own feed. I think it has the word feed in the link when it's not supposed to. : )

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    1. Thanks for catching my link error! I'll fix that! With Twitter, I think the symbols don't come easily to me either, so that makes it worse. I haven't felt as strongly about cutting my other social media numbers but I already feel like I can engage with my favorite blogs a bit more by following less. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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