The Twitter Follow Phenomenon.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with WebTech Dezine, Gabrielle Jeans Real Estate Coach

After waiting a few days for someone to follow you back who hasn’t yet reciprocated your follow, it’s best to look at their overall Twitter profile and their history using Twitter to see if they’re worth waiting for a “follow back”.  Look at their Twitter profile overall and assess the following factors:

-    Do they have a large number of Twitter followers?  
-    How often do they send out Tweets?  
-    How many Tweets have they sent total?  
-    Do they follow lots of other Twitter users?  

High numbers in any of these areas are very positive things to have in a Twitter account.  The higher the numbers in any of these areas, the better.  The better a person’s Twitter account is, the longer they’re worth waiting for a Follow from them.

Inevitably, you will follow people that are simply not (under any circumstances) interested in you or your knowledge about your local real estate market.  If someone doesn’t follow you within seven days of you having followed them then they probably fit into one of two categories:

1) They don’t see any reason to have a personal or business relationship with you

OR

2) They don’t use use Twitter much, so they are not looking at the emails they’ve received from Twitter about new followers like you, or they’ve have disabled the option of getting notified by Twitter via email of new followers.  

I recommend Unfollowing these people 7 days or less after you’ve followed them.

There are exceptions to these rules.  Some people not readily following you may be on vacation or on some other type of extended leave of absence from work (eg. maternity, disability, academic sabbatical) and therefore not getting (or caring about) emails they’ve received while they’re away.  But when these people get back from their absence some may be more than happy to follow you on Twitter.

 

How long do you give before unfollowing people?

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Bud & Beth McKinney
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I have to say that I have never really gotten into the Twitter phenomenon. Period. Maybe you could explain to me what is so great about following others and knowing their every move?

Jan 19, 2012 03:51 PM #1
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Good evening Gabrielle

Thanks for the post and advice. Have a great day.

Jan 19, 2012 07:35 PM #2
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Gabrielle

Your post is right on target, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 19, 2012 10:46 PM #3
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I guess I'm not that attentive (ruthless?) with my Twitter account - I take a live and let live approach...if someone is kind enough to follow me, then I generally check out their profile and tweets, but probably won't follow them if they are hugely prolific tweeters of random items that aren't of great interest to me.

Jan 20, 2012 01:28 AM #4
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Gabrielle Jeans
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You may not need to track their every move as you yourself may not be on twitter 24/7. Twitter is a great information source. You have the power to choose who you can learn from. Some real estate agents find business on twitter either directly or through referrals and the referrals come when your followers believe you are knowledgeable about your farm area. It's also a great way to perform customer service especially if your clients are on twitter. 

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Thanks for posting. I didn't really have much success with Twitter, but I will try to revive it this year.

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