As with most social media platforms, if you use it long enough, you’ll eventually come across all sorts of hackers, spammers and scammers. On Twitter, I sometimes wonder if there’s more fraudulent users than legitimate ones – and that doesn’t even take into account inactive members.
The fraudulent Twitter accounts I laugh at the most are the ones that promise thousands of followers a day if I simply follow them, follow their system, purchase their material outlining the secret to Twitter success, etc. Have you seen these members or even had some follow you? Here’s a recent example of one to follow me:
An account like the one above raises so many red flags for an experienced Twitter user. First and foremost, if your system truly can deliver 1,000 followers per day, why does your account only have 104 followers?!? Other red flags include a lopsided following-to-followers ratio, an abysmally low Klout Score, no bio (just a sales pitch – and a bad one at that), and a plea for followers.
For those who are new to Twitter, you’ll want to watch for some of these red flags mentioned above. I also strongly suggest you value quality over quantity when it comes to building your Twitter presence. I’ve spent nearly four years building my Twitter account. Followers come and go, but if you place quality over quantity with how you use and manage Twitter, you’ll trend upwards organically.
What other advice would you give to the novice Twitter user?