I am noticing more and more the use of automation to gain Twitter followers. People that have 20 to 30 thousand followers and still growing by leaps and bounds. I thought the whole point of Twitter was to find a group of people, or followers as Twitter calls them, that you wanted to interact with. If you are using one of these tools you need to be careful as you will assuredly attract some undesirables.

Do you want to be watching your screen and see an endless display of tweets promoting sex, because that’s what you will get with automation. This is why I manually select each and every person I follow so I have some kind of control. Even still, I will surely attract some people I don’t want but it will be to a much lessor degree.

I just used a very nice tool called Twitter Kharma to bulk unfollow over a hundred people that haven’t updated in quite some time. These are not the kind of people I want following me. I want people that are active on Twitter so I can build relationships. I know there are a lot of people that don’t want to participate by tweeting, they just want to sit back and read their tweets from people they follow and that’s OK.

It’s called Networking. That’s why I joined Twitter. I want to meet new people from around the world.

A couple days ago I had a nice discussion with a gentleman that just happens to be one of the biggest names in Internet Marketing. The nice thing was we didn’t even mention Internet Marketing, we talked about a completely unrelated topic. Without Twitter this conversation would not have been possible with this high profiled person. Who knows, maybe we become friends and someday he may offer to help me in some way.

I just refreshed my browser and this is another thing I really dislike about the abuse of Twitter. Out of a possible 20 tweets that gets displayed on one page, 8 are from the same person that’s promoting a product. I just unfollowed this person. There is nothing wrong with using Twitter as a platform to promote something but don’t overdue it. Very rarely will I promote something and when I do I certainly won’t do it 8 times in a second.

To me this is just a big turnoff. If I build relationships with people and they trust me they will seek out my blog that is listed in my profile.

I want to end this by saying I was inspired to write this post after visiting the blog of a friend of mine named Gary Simpson. He wrote a nice piece on “Your Credibility on Social Media Sites“. Go read it and tell Gary I sent you.

Please let me know what you think about these tools that get you thousands of followers in a very short period of time. And if you can think of some good useful Twitter tools feel free to comment about them here.

Oh! How foolish of me, I almost forgot to ask if you wanted to follow me on Twitter.

til next time…