Hello, my name is Alison and I am a social media addict.
I am also a very discerning follower.
I don’t play the ‘follow me, I’ll follow you back’ game. No sirree, I have a set of criteria as to who I follow back in each medium.
Yes, criteria. I know, right?
Here we go (warning: this will very likely give you an insight into how my mind works, scary and baffling stuff!).
Your writing. Compelling storytelling, written in a way that makes me want to reach into the screen and hug your face off and declare us BFFs. No diary-like stuff. No spelling mistakes. No grammatical errors. No music. No white text on black screen. No big-ass pop up video screen. No funny blinking stuff in the sidebar. Mostly though, it’s about the writing.
Don’t be an egg – include a picture, preferably of your face, not your cat’s. Write an interesting bio. Include your blog URL if you have one. Personally, if you include the words ‘coffee’, ‘chocolate’, ‘sarcastic’ and ‘Pinterest’ in there, I’m hooked. Also? Do tweet. After a few weeks if you don’t tweet, I use TwitCleaner to help me clean up my stream (i.e. unfollow inactive Tweeps).
If you post just links and nothing else? Clicking the UnLike button is just as easy as clicking Like. I do love funny, witty status updates; photos of your adorable children; pictures of you; hilarious stuff like this:
Dessert. Pin desserts. I will
slobber all over love you.
Pretty pictures of where you live! Your kids! Stunning landscapes! Sorry, too many exclamation marks? But not too many random pictures of your dog lying around in various positions around the house please. It’s just….. not my cup of tea. Ahem.
What would compel you to follow/ like someone on Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ their blog? Or more interestingly, unfollow them?