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!