Vet Your Twitter Followers with This Ratio


Anyone who knows me knows I am a numbers geek.  I count everything…the stairs (twelve from my second floor to the first then one more), cars ahead of me in the toll line, people at a boardroom table wearing school colors, and how many wheels of parmesan cheese were in the aging vault in Parma, Italy (over 26,000 valued at over $1.7 million).

I have been Tweeting a lot lately about how important I think it is to read the Tweets of a follower before making the decision to follow them.  Being followed is a privilege, not a right.

In March I revived my original Twitter account @JudeCaserta and decided to keep track of my followers.  Along with doing this I paid careful attention to the Tweets of folks before I would follow back.  Over time, there was one relatively sure fire way to know if an account is spam without reading too many Tweets.

Take a look at the ratio of total followers to number of lists they appear on.  For example, just a few hours ago I was followed by someone who has 1,407 followers and is following 1,548.  Not bad, actually.  His problem is that he is listed only 6 times and one of the lists he is on is actually called spammers!  Dude is listed 1 time for every 234 followers.  Not a good addition to your timeline.

Mine is a reasonably good 17.  I have 734 followers and appear on 42 lists (none of which say spam or imply spam!).  I was followed yesterday by a woman who is followed by 5,605 people and is on 393 lists – so that’s about a 14 (I think that’s great!).  One of my favorite Tweeps has 764 followers and is on 116 lists for a ratio of about 6.  He is a superstar!

So, for a quick way to vet your followers, check the number of lists they appear on to the number of followers.  A quick block never hurt anyone!

Life is good!


Twitter: MidMajorMom

Twitter: JudeCaserta


2 thoughts on “Vet Your Twitter Followers with This Ratio

  1. Hi Jude,

    I’m relatively new to Twitter and greatly appreciate reading you posts. I found your blog via following you on Twitter. Found you on Twitter due to a LinkedIn group post. (Okay – I’m not a stalker – just trying to figure this Twitter thing out and how best to use it and you’ve got some great insights. I actually took your advice and started checking followers out.)

    I have 2 twitter accounts – one where I post what I want or am interested in (a mix of professional, local stuff, and various interests) and my professional account where I try to stick with posts related to my companies areas of expertise. Under the professional account I use the company logo and struggle with how much of “me” I should allow into the tweets – ie, adding opinions vs just the facts and posting things that have nothing to do with the industry but may have some local interest. Any thoughts or advice?


  2. Greetings Laura!

    I’m really honored you enjoy my blog! The way you describe how you found me is not stalking…it’s the way it often works with social media. Most of us have different versions of ourselves.

    For example, my Linkedin account is 95% professional with the occasional mention of something I have done or posting a blog that is more about the me me rather than the pro me. I have two Twitter accounts (which you know) and one started out as the professional me and the other as the me me. They have become blurred over time because I have discovered that I really do not have that many athletic business contacts on my big account (about 760 followers). I am just beginning to develop my @MidMajorMom account and have not been very devoted to it. This is where I post all kinds of random things. I use @JudeCaserta more now because my message gets out to more people.

    I have a Facebook account but that is all about me me! That is where I catch up with my old school chums and chat with my son’s friends, as well. That’s where the pictures get posted and where I post random thoughts.

    But, when it all comes down to it, each of my social media accounts are me me. People like to connect with people who are real. So, feel free to Tweet things about you that you would not feel bad if it was on a billboard along the 33. Try to stay away from politics and judgment of any kind. I once had a woman publically scold me for saying something (which I thought was supportive of her) so I learned to only express an opinion only when asked.

    I think if you reveal a little about yourself in your Tweets you will build a following of people who appreciate who you are and how you add value to their life.

    Also, ReTweeting is the ultimate form of Twitter flattery. If you read a post you like or a blog you like, the author loves when people pass it along. It is the new millennium version of reading a book and passing it along.

    Don’t be surprised if over the next few days I post a summary of this response…you’ve really helped me sort through why I bother with all of this…to get to know folks like you!


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