The Follow/Unfollow Game-18/2/18

The Follow/Unfollow Game-18/2/18
Hey guys I am back with another blog and this one is about a particular problem there is in the blogosphere these days. I hope the problem eventually disappears but I don’t see it happening in the near future.

So guys, on Twitter I have just under 12000 followers. It has taken me nearly 3 years to build my numbers up to that. I have gained followers in a number of ways, these are:
Follow trains
Following people first
Looking for people with similar interests to me
Following new bloggers
People following me first
A big problem these days is that people find it cool to have a higher number of followers on Twitter and Instagram than the number of people they are following. I have no idea why this is the case as personally I find it way better to be following more people as you can engage with so many new people that way and find content that interests you far more easily.
As a result of this people follow others and then almost instantly unfollow them. In some cases though the people stay followed for a day or two to make it look like they are doing everything normally and not using the follow/unfollow game. This makes them look more popular in their eyes and I will never know why either. The only logical reason I can find about this is that famous people do this and have loads of followers but barely follow anyone.
The problem the people using this exploit will have though is that the rest of us aren’t stupid at all and are really quick at noticing anyone playing the follow/unfollow “game.” We will all just quickly unfollow again and that way we make sure that we don’t contribute to your growth. It is still a massive problem in the blogging community but as more of us become aware of people that do it we can defeat it together.
For me personally I believe that anyone can grow on social media if they go about it the right way by engaging with other people and by following new accounts with similar interests with them. Engaging is the biggest thing though and if you can do that you’ll enjoy your time on social media or blogging so much more. Lately I’ve had the most fun that I have ever had on Twitter due to the new conversations and discussions that I have on a regular basis with new people.
Comment below with your opinions of the follow/unfollow situation and also say whether people have followed you then unfollowed quickly on social media like they have with me.
Thanks for reading and supporting my posts as always guys.

0 thoughts on “The Follow/Unfollow Game-18/2/18

  1. I find I ignore it on twitter mainly because I’m rubbish at looking at my notifications but it really bugs me on Instagram. I think it is because I put so much time and energy into making my Instagram beautiful that I’m now not following anyone back!

  2. I’ve started unfollowing people who don’t follow me back after a week or so – simply because I think when engaging with people it should be equal. Whenever someone follows me, I follow back. The follow/unfollow trend really annoys me. My first couple of days of blogging, I saw the ‘like for like’ posts on blog pods on Facebook and thought that was what I needed to do. But I realised this isn’t an accurate portrayal of blogging or how we should be building up a following. Our content should speak for itself – not numbers.
    Great post! Agree with every word.

  3. I’ve dealt with the follow unfollow thing many times. I do unfollow those who unfollow me but I’m picky about who I follow so I don’t follow back people who post ignorant things or are rude and disrespectful to others because of the kind of atmosphere I want on my timeline. But I LOVE supporting others and my Twitter is all about love and support and I feel like following to unfollow shows the exact opposite of that.

  4. I find the follow/unfollow game can happen in the blogging world, especially when people run competitions. I must admit Twitter is something I have an account with but barely, if ever, use. I’ve just never “got it”. I don’t know why. I use Facebook regularly, but Tweeting just isn’t my thing. Having read your post about this follow/unfollow jazz, I’m quite glad I’m not involved! x

  5. I do find it annoying when people do it. I found Instagram the worst and just gave up using it for a while because of it. I do now use the apps to get rid of people who unfollow, I don’t understand why so many people do it. :/ xxx

  6. Great post! I’m new to blogging and twitter and just had this experience today where about 20 people had already unfollowed me after about a day or two! 🤷‍♀️

  7. The whole time I was reading your blog Imwas shaking my head in agreement. That game is senseless. I’ve had it happen to me recently. I have an app now that show when someone unfollows me.

  8. It’s actually a tactic promoted by some bloggers as a way to grow your social standing. Instagram seems to be the worst for it. I really enjoy following bloggers and other people who I am interested in. I think it’s easy to get sucked into the like for like and follow for follow game.

  9. It’s very frustrating isn’t it, on all of the social media platforms. Getting your name out there is hard enough. But still, over time we get to know the people who stick with us. Thank you for sharing your post.

  10. I recently started a Twitter account and so far I’ve been following people that I interact with already via their blogs. I had some that started following me, but they didn’t have any of the same interests that I do, I didn’t follow back. I wasn’t sure if there was some kind of “twitter etiquette” that I should use when following back. For years I’ve never had a follow widget on my blog until recently, another blogger suggested that we should have those to make it easier for people to follow and I’m really not sure why I added that. All this social media can be frustrating at times! 😉

  11. Really enjoyed reading this so I’m going to follow you for speaking the truth. I also wrote a post just now about unfollowing and I will send it to everyone who made a big deal when I unfollowed them. 😂

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  13. This keeps haopening to me. Every single day someone follows only to unfollow. I honestly don’t know the point of this.. They obviously have too much free time on their hands to keep doing this.
    Now, when I see someone follow me with a low number of people they follow, I don’t even bother to follow back, because I know it’s just this follow to unfollow trend! It just needs to stop!

  14. What I’m observing with the follow trains is that people follow you to just get a follow back and unfollow you in a week or so, like seriously who has time to actually go back and do that?! It’s quite discouraging and annoying.

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