I’ve been noticing a trend lately. Like most people, whenever someone follows me on Twitter, I get a notification.
Me being the inquisitive person that I am, I usually take a quick look to see if they’re someone I’d like to follow back. Sometimes I follow, sometimes I don’t.
It’s often nothing personal, I just tend to follow people who manage to intrigue me with either some element of their profile, their time-line or their site. If I don’t see something interesting right away, I generally don’t follow right back.
Lately, there’s been a group of people who I’ve noticed have followed me one day, then I guess when I don’t follow back, they decide to unfollow me, then a few days or a week or two later when they think I’ve forgotten, they’ll follow me again.
The problem is – I have not forgotten.
I guess I should make it known now that I have a pretty decent memory when it comes to people. I’m the weirdo who remembers the birthdays of family members and acquaintances that I’ve known since elementary school. I’ve aced many tests solely based on memory and nothing else.
So, I’m not going to forget someone who just followed me a few days ago – I’m going to wonder what’s going on? What are they expecting me to do – follow them back after they’ve un-followed me? That’s not a very effective method to get my attention.
There are much better ways to do that. It’s not hard really, I pretty much revealed all of my ancient Chinese secrets in 10 Ways I like to Thank Twitter Followers for Retweets. I don’t mind following back most times, but I don’t like my choice taken away either. I hate to disappoint, but following, unfollowing, and refollowing is not going to work.
I’m curious to know if I’m the only one who has experienced this follow/unfollow/follow trend? Have you ever had this happen to you? Is that crazy or what? How did you deal with it?