1. All of their tweets are the same, same info, same links, even if it is a different person the tweet is addressed to. For example: @Bob you have to see these great whatevers at this link @Jill you have to see these great whatevers at this link. That is spam and as @ShellyKramer would say, “I will block and report you #thatisall” (By the way, check her out and follow her, she’s great. She has given me good advice that I am really grateful for.)
2. Their stream has no RT – indicates to me that they are just in it to say what they want, not to listen. I enjoy the exchange and really like to see everyone sharing, if it doesn’t look like someone shares that perspective, I’m not interested.
3. They have not tweeted in weeks or more and yet they just followed me – must be something automated somewhere. How can we engage if someone isn’t tweeting? However, if I can tell that they are somewhat new, I may follow anyway. Some people need some time to listen and figure out how Twitter works before they are willing to put their 2cents in the mix.
4. In the tweet stream that I can see, there is nothing that resonates with me. Sometimes I will hit the “more” button, but usually it depends on their bio. I definitely dig a little deeper on Fridays because when people do “Follow Friday” sometimes their whole stream is just #FFs and I want to see what else they have to say.
5. I see something that offends me in their bio or tweet stream. I really enjoy the exchange on twitter and like to interact with people who have different opinions than I, but if it’s people who are mad and venting 24/7… no thanks.
There is also one thing that will cause me to immediately unfollow. If after I follow, I receive a DM that says send me a message, @ me, or connect with me on Facebook or Linked In. One step at a time…
These are only my reasons, everyone has to do what works for them. Really would like to know what causes you to not follow/follow back…thinking my next post will be why I follow…I have seen a lot of debate about both topics lately. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Hope you have more to add to it!