Posted by: CarolAnn | June 3, 2009

5 Clues to Determine Follower-Followee Twitter-Credibility

Huh? Yep, on twitter, you’re either a twitter star, twitter wasteland, or a twitter average Charlie. While followers are important, and those you follow can be equally as important; you can honestly determine a tweeter’s worth and plausible personality by a number of obvious characteristics on their twitter page. Coming up are five clues to gauge your twitter value…and more importantly, how to gauge the value of other twitters who may harm or help your twitter-statistics.

If you’re on twitter to develop friendships and to exchange baking recipes, that’s absolutely fine. But if you’re tweeting for the success of your entrepreneurial venture, then you must analyze the tweeple you’d like to follow and accept those followers, who appeal most to your focus group. That being said, this brings us to the number one clue to determine yours and your potential follower-followee twitter-credibility:

1. What’s in a name? Well, if your prospective follower or person-to-be followed has a name like “your horny kitty” (Believe me, I’ve actually gotten several requests by an individual using this username.), “jkLP9z” or some other really, really off-the-wall username – then, potentially this could be a virus to your site (not a “literal” virus) that would invite more of the same to come and follow you. My recommendation: Block any one with suspicious usernames (like abovementioned).

2. Who are you?

Secret Agent Man...hmmm

Secret Agent Man...hmmm

When seeking followers or peeps to be followed, be sure to look at the twitter avatar. If there isn’t one (which means that there’s just a brown default pic) than that individual isn’t really serious about his twitter page; and probably won’t be as much value to you or your tweeting experience. The other important aspect about a potential twitter user is to read his or her bio. I know that 140 characters may not always completely paint an accurate picture about an individual, but you can get a fairly good idea about who the person is by what he is saying about himself. For example, if somebody has no bio at all, she’s either extremely new to twitter or may not have anything to say. So bare this in mind when selecting potential followers or followees.

3. Follow Me – Follow You. Next, look at the tweeple who she follows, and who back-follows her. You don’t have to go rummaging through the short or long list of followers either. Just glance at her twitter updates’ page. If you see a whole lot of brown default avatars that she follows, likelihood is that this individual might be a spammer or the account is potentially abandoned.

4. Barren Territory. After you’ve looked at the avatar and have reviewed the tweeple being followed, the next clue to determine twitter-credibility is the information that the person tweets, and how much information that person tweets. I know judging a book by its cover isn’t always completely accurate — but when you find a twitterer, who follows 1,000 people, has 100 people following him, and he’s only got one tweet — there’s a strong likelihood that this individual is a spammer.

5. About what is the potential tweeter tweeting? a) If the tweeter is a twit, who tweets only about erroneous things like, “yeah…I’m eating watermelon,” or “Hey, do you want 19,000 followers? (URL usually follows),” or absolutely no tweets, he might not have follower credibility. b) You also want to look at the various responses, RTs (retweets), and link usage. If there are 100 messages with only unrecognizable links, this may be a spammer. c) Another great way to determine twitter-credibility is to use the twitter application, TwitterAnalyzer. Twitter-AnalyzerOn this app, you can get an in-depth perspective about a specific twitter user. Learn their bio, about what they tweet, their chats, their twitter popularity, their reach (very important for those in network marketing), subjects they discuss, use of hash tags, links, friends, mentions, and even the apps they facilitate…and more! This is quite an effective twitter tool, so don’t be shy to use it.

CarolAnnBSocial Media Sorceress



  1. Carolann – I think your article is very helpful to new tweeters and serious tweeters alike. You always have good stuff!

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  4. Thanks for these solid tips. I’m trying to explain Twitter to others and your post definitely helps.

  5. Welcome – glad to be of some help. 😉

  6. Hi Maggie – glad to see you on here — and thank YOU for taking the time to leave your feedback. I think a lot of folks wind up confused about twitter unless they have some assistance along the way to guide them through the murky waters of the fail whale and the crazy bot… LOL – Peace 🙂

  7. As a top Twitter business user, I was sent an advance copy of the Tweet Adder System for my review. This is by far the best Networking Tool I have used for Twitter!

  8. Thanks CarolAnn – I am v new to twitter and am trying to learn as I go – I still don’t understand the RT function and what good it does – people seem grateful for RTs, but….

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