I’ve read and pondered some of my colleagues concerns when they find some creepy account or nefarious avatar follows them on twitter. They have to deal with blocking or reporting or just feeling slimy.
My own approach is quite simple, but I’d never presume to suggest it is the best strategy for others.
I have no idea who follows me.
You see, I turn off email notification of new followers, so there is no time wasted looking at their profile, trying to figure out who the person is or whether they are creepy or wonderful.
It does me no harm if some spammer, scam artist, weirdo, or just stalker is listening to me tweets. I don;t see ’em or hear ’em.
And I don’t choose in turn whom I follow based on some expected reciprocity (e.g. if I monitor my follows, then I may feel some obligation to turn the favor around). I base my decision on what I see people producing in twitter, when they tweet me a message, I might look at their profile then, maybe.
To all of you followers, I now wave a hello, and send thanks for the interest, and express my sorrow if you did so in expectation of a follow-back. That’s not my routine.
So is there a hole in my strategy? It cuts down on email and time spent click checking. And I don’t even get the creeps.
But that’s me.