Pathetic fishing for new Twitter followers

My Twitter following has fluctuated around the 570 mark for some time now. I know, it’s not much, but it looks like 500 followers is something of a critical mass milestone—you suddenly start to attract even those people’s attention who weren’t in the least interested in you before. There’s probably some automation behind this.

What’s most striking, though, is that I frequently get new followers who have a follower count of fourteen, twenty, or thirty-five thousand. Many of them don’t provide any value for myself or the audience I care about, so I don’t follow them back. (For the record, I’ve never auto-followed anyone.)

Surprise! Sometimes it doesn’t take more than a couple of hours before those new followers have disappeared.

It’s apparent that those accounts are just fishing for new followers. Having themselves automated their follow-backs, they seem to suppose everyone else is doing the same. When it doesn’t happen, they drop you in the blink of an eye.

That’s fine. No grudge. It just makes me wonder how many people are out there who automate the life out of their social media networks just to gain visibility and up their “influence” scores. Do they have anything to give? Pathetic, if you ask me.

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