People who follow you just to get more twitter followers

Someone follows you on twitter, and if they look like a normal real person, you might follow them back. That’s what I generally do. Who knows? You might develop some sort of connection with that person. They offer the opportunity to follow each other on twitter, you enter that engagement with a follow.

You were so kind to follow them back, and then the person unfollows you.

Why? There could be many valid reasons why. Maybe they don’t like your tweets. Maybe you tweet too much or too little. But often people just want to build their following list. It looks bad to be following thousands more people than who are following you. So they simply cycle through people.

In the past couple years I’ve followed back 338 people who followed me first. (179 with spudart, 159 with mattmaldre) Of those 338 people, 31 have unfollowed me. I’m not saying that all 31 participate in this follow-unfollow cycle, some may have just not liked my tweets. But here are those 31 people:

    • Digital Doulos @Digital Doulos: We are Christian developers, designers and digital strategists leveraging technology to strengthen The Church and reach the world for Christ. Join us!





    • Jason Yormark @jasonyormark: SVP of Marketing & Social Media at Strategies 360. Mac Enthusiast, Little league coach, Amateur baseball player.


    • Seth Putnam @sethjputnam: Magazine journalist who writes about unintended consequences. Editor of @themidwestyle. I say yes any time Ira Glass asks me for money. Z-O-U.


    • Dharmesh Shah @dharmesh: Entrepreneur. Founder/CTO @HubSpot inbound marketing and startup blogger at




    • Sue Reddel @shreddel: Chief ambassador at, on a global teaching and learning adventure. Obsessed with media, news, travel, art, music, food & wine. I love to laugh.


    • Layne Pitcher @laynepitcher: Marketing & Communications Manager for Silverwood Theme Park managing public relations, market research, web content, e-commerce and web analytics.


    • Studiosatellite@studiosatellite: We’re a studio filled with retouchers, designers, creatives, bloggers and just all around fun, smart people.


    • Seth Kravitz @SecondCityCEO: Co-Founder of & – Obsessed w/ helping spread entrepreneurship globally. Previously Co-founded (acquired by Bankrate).




    • Kristin Scheel @KristinScheel: Holistic Attorney, Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, Peacemaker, Yoga Teacher. Healthly life, healthy earth enthusiast. Founder of The Turquoise House on Yale.



    • Freshome Design @freshome: Design & Architecture Magazine. The best place to be inspired and take your creativity to the next level run by Micle Mihai


    • iSocialMarket @iSocialMrkt: I love technology, helping people, and my nephews (age 2 and 4). I teach social media education online. Need Tips/Advice for social media? Just Ask!


    • The Indie @TheIndie: Encouraging the discovery of new music, indie music, and real music created by artists from all genres. Free downloads, MP3s, contests & tips. We do Indie 100%


    • Peter Guirguis @petenaotg: Lover of God, people, tech, & jokes. Follow me if you’re into any of these 🙂


    • Piccsy @ilovepiccsy We love to discover, curate, catalog, and share images. Check out and for the best images online.



    • Danny Schuman @twisturthinking: Spare time: Astronaut/physicist/heart surgeon. Professionally: Founder/President of Twist. We help people think creatively to get to ideas and build communities


    • John St James @PhotoArtQuotes: Art and Photography quotes to inspire your photography. Some from the famous, some from the not-so-famous.



    • Art of Day @Art_of_Day: Art of Day features & promotes artists. Art,sculpture,painting,illustration,drawing,pastels,photography. The art of day revolving art tweets!(ArtofDay)


    • Pamela Vaughter @pvaughter: Lover of Tech, Social Media, Conferences, Travel, Music, Sequins, @michiganstateu & Sunshine. Chicago transplant, now living in the Rockies. Betrothed to @tcar.


    • Amy Reich ‏ @amyreich: Illustrator,licensed artist,textile designer,singer, yoga teacher, mama to toddler!


    • (Prosper by Design) @MelissaGalt: Keynote Speaker|Marketing Consultant|Biz Coach|Lifestyle Expert|Interior Designer|Visionary|Adventurer|Romantic|Optimist|Giver| Single&Seeking|HUMAN


    • Fleet Feet Chicago ‏ @FleetFeetChgo: Here at Fleet Feet Sports, we consider it our mission to inspire people to run, walk – and most importantly – to be fit.


    • Dave Waite @DaveWaite: Creative director, logo designer, graphic designer, website designer, ad copywriter at Zookeeper, a brand design agency in LA.


    • James Day @ArtistJamesDay: Sculptor & painter working in post cubism, abstract, & visionary realism sculpture



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